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EP Energy Labelling vote should promote Market Surveillance, not a Product Database

On 14 June 2016, the European Parliament’s Industry Research and Energy Committee (ITRE) will vote on the draft report of its Rapporteur MEP Dario Tamburrano on ‘A New Energy Labelling Framework’.

Industry supports that a rescaling procedure triggered by technological advancement happens when duly justified by product specific impact assessments and the top class is saturated. Giving companies legal stability for ten years after such rescaling is a positive step, too.

However, the proposal of a new product database is of serious concern to manufacturers, as the real added value of market surveillance which industry requires, comes from physical checks.  It is those physical checks only that count and which no database can replace. These should therefore take precedence over the suggested public interface and compliance interface.  We take note of the option to make the compliance information available via an interface with suppliers’ servers.  Despite all efforts, that we truly appreciate, the introduction of a new database though remains inacceptable for industry.

Adrian Harris, Director General of ORGALIME said “The vote is absolutely essential with respect to preserving intellectual property rights, confidential business data and know how.  It is all imperative that improvements to the text are such that preference is given to Market Surveillance and enforcement programmes that effectively combat free-riding and unfair competition.” 

Paolo Falcioni, Director General of CECED said “We hope the final report will recognise the need for providing consumers with a smooth transition to an A-G scale. We support an approach that appreciates differing technological progress of products and a clear distinction between the conditions to be set for the first rescaling and subsequent future rescaling of the label. The expected validity of the label of at least 10 years provides stability for industry, clarity for consumers and fosters investment in energy efficiency innovations to reward consumer choice.

John Higgins, Director General of DIGITALEUROPE: “DIGITALEUROPE has strong reservations about the introduction of a database.  The focus should remain on essential product testing, not on checking administrative non-compliance.  Manufacturers will face a significant and disproportionate burden but the benefits are very unclear.

 

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