This Commission Staff Working Document has been published by the European Commission in July 2015 in the context of the review process of the Energy Labelling Directive (2010/30/EU) and of certain aspects of the Ecodesign Directive (2009/125/EC).
The document is accompanying the Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on the review of Directive 2010/30/EU on the indication of labelling and standard product information of the consumption of energy and other resources by energy-related products.
The Energy Labelling Directive 2010/30/EU establishes a legal framework for the Commission to set mandatory energy labelling requirements for energy-related products (except vehicles) placed on the EU market (regardless of their origin) through adopting delegated acts (implementing directives under Directive 92/75/EEC). Energy labels allow consumers to make informed choices by being alerted on the consumption/running cost of a product before they make their purchasing decision.
The Ecodesign Directive establishes a legal framework for the Commission to regulate the environmental characteristics of energy-related products (except vehicles) placed on the EU market (regardless of their origin) through adopting implementing measures laying down ecodesign requirements.
The Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Directives are complementary, as they respectively push the market and pull it towards more efficient products.
You can access the document at the relevant EUR-Lex webpage: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/en/TXT/?uri=CELEX:52015SC0143
See also the relevant BUILD UP Publication.