Energy Labeling for Domestic Appliances in Central and Eastern Europe – Overview of Enforcement and Promotion Activities

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This report was prepared as a part of the “CEECAP – Implementing EU Appliance Policy in Central and Eastern Europe” project.

The aims of the project include an improved policy infrastructure for appliance labeling and efficiency, and future EU policies; a verification infrastructure for product and retailer compliance; collaborative activities to increase consumer response to labels; and the establishment of a platform for information exchange and transfer.

Detailed direct outcomes of the project have been:

  1. Increased knowledge and experience of government, energy agency and/or state inspectorate professionals of Verification and Enforcement (V&E) requirements and international (best) practices;
  2. Increased knowledge and experience of government, energy agency and/or consumer agency professionals of market introduction principles and international (best) practices;
  3. Well-functioning national and regional coordination of national government and energy agency experts with stakeholders (appliance manufacturers or importers, retailers and their organisations, consumer organisations, non-government organizations (NGOs), and /or inspectorates);
  4. Development of national V&E programmes (including international cooperation among governments / government agencies) and allocation of national responsibilities, facilities and budgets to these programmes – this has included the start of V&E activities in Central European countries;
  5. Development of new national market information programmes, in collaboration with stakeholders, including the allocation of responsibilities plus government and private sector resources to the planned activities – this also has included the start of these programmes in Central European countries; and
  6. Ability to react quickly to new appliance regulations, focusing on new appliances or modifying the energy classes on national levels with input from all stakeholders, from the government adoption, through manufacturer and retailer usage to consumer understanding.

This project report includes the following details:

  • Introduction of the energy labeling issue and importance
  • Introduction to the CEECAP project – its goals and content
  • Summary overview of appliance regulations
  • Summary of the issues involved: market introduction / compliance checking / stakeholder involvement
  • Common features offered by the project: draft national VE and MI plans
  • Summaries of national activities: what was done, who was involved, results and concrete impacts (Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia)
  • Best practice descriptions: examples of selected activities
  • Conclusions (experience with national implementation) and recommendations (for individual countries in and outside EU and for Europe)
  • References and a list of deliverables
  • Overview of partners involved  


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