The European Union’s Ecodesign and Energy Labelling directives contribute to the EU's 2020 targets for energy-efficiency and greenhouse gas reductions, via more than 30 implementing regulations. Energy labels encourage consumers to purchase more energy-efficient products, which also leads to lower household energy bills. In parallel, Ecodesign creates a regulatory level playing field for industry in the EU market by setting minimum harmonised efficiency and performance requirements for products, and contributing to dynamic technological innovations. Governments around the world are implementing similar "race to the top" measures, contributing to a converging worldwide regulatory environment. This opening session will set the scene for the conference, looking back at past achievements, summarising the present situation and outlining the challenges ahead.
Building on this global momentum, the EU is organising an international conference on ecodesign and energy labelling on EC Premises, Charlemagne Building in a two day conference.
The conference will feature keynote speakers from government, industry, civil society and the European Commission.
Six workshops over the two days will discuss in detail inter-related product themes
- Assessing impacts of the Energy Labelling and Ecodesign Directives in the EU and other similar initiatives around the world
- Exploring possibilities for a more convergent global legislative and standardisation framework
- Exchanging mutual international good practices and experience between countries active in developing product policy measures, and countries where such policies are now being considered
- Examining the current state of play of product policies, and the dynamic impact of implementing measures on competitiveness and innovation, market surveillance and standardization
Interpretation will be provided in: Spanish, German, English, French, Italian and Polish
A detailed programme of the conference is available here.
Please register by no later than 15 February 2014 (compulsory).