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Introducing the new EU energy label system

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The current energy label system, with energy classes from A+++ to D, will soon be replaced with a new one, from A to G. Horizon 2020 funded project LABEL 2020 aims to support the transition to the new system, therefore we interviewed the project coordinator Bernd Schäppi  to know more. 

What is your project about?

The objective of our project is to support the implementation of the new EU energy label system developed by the European Commission. The most important is to ensure the smooth transition from the old label system to the new one. This will be done by developing various information tools for consumers, professional buyers, retailers and suppliers. 

 

What will be the main challenges for you?

Firstly, the new label system has different efficiency classes. Therefore, one particular challenge is to inform consumers and buyers that the top class in the future will not be the A class but the B class, which will be equal to the current A+++. The intention of the Commission was to have the top class, A, empty for the beginning to provide some room for innovation for suppliers to still develop more efficient products. 

Another major challenge is the existence of old and new labels on the market for a while. At the beginning, the new label system is going to be valid only for six product groups (refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers, TVs, lamps and professional refrigerators) but a few years later it will apply to all products. 

Another important thing to be done is to advise and train retailers, so that they are prepared to give correct information to consumers and to correct labelling at the point of sales. 

 

How do you think H2020 funding will help the project?

The major advantage of H2020 funding for this topic is the opportunity of a concerted approach across a large number of EU member states. Therefore, this is a very effective initiative, which can be developed and applied together, as well as the basic messages. This is much more effective than having small different activities in each member state. 

 

What do you think is the most important when you are working on the proposal to get EU funding?

Well, I am afraid we have no real golden tip. However, there are three very general, crucial recommendations, we always follow in our proposals development.

We recommend following the general recommendations that are given for proposals. For example, to describe very clearly the objectives and the concept to fit into specified policies and the call description in the call of proposals.

Another important thing is to have very transparent and convincing expected impact and impact indicators and a clear concept for impact assessment. 

And last but not least, the detailed measures should be described in a very convincing way, clearly showing how those measures finally lead to the expected impact. 

 

Original interview here.