Brussels, 31 May 2018

Key principles for the Ecodesign framework to continue to deliver substantial energy savings

Joint Industry Letter

The European Parliament adopted today an own-initiative report on the implementation of the Ecodesign Directive, while the European Commission is now more than halfway through the 2016-2019 Ecodesign Work Plan.

6 Industry Associations, representing the heating, cooling, refrigeration, household appliance, commercial cleaning appliance and lighting sectors, outline on this occasion key areas that could be improved to ensure that the Ecodesign framework remains a powerful tool to promote energy efficiency at consumer level:

  • Ensure regulatory certainty and sufficient lead-time for manufacturers;
  • Ensure regulations account for income inequality;
  • Promote a transparent, robust and product-specific approach;
  • Avoid unnecessary duplication leading to over-regulation; and
  • Ensure correct implementation and enforcement.

Co-signatories consider that cost-effective Ecodesign requirements have contributed to substantial energy savings because they are based on important key principles: simplicity, affordability, measurability and transparency. To keep the effectiveness of the Ecodesign framework, these fundamental principles must be respected and implemented swiftly. In addition, these principles need to be complemented with appropriate measures to promote energy-efficient products and ensure a better enforcement of Ecodesign Regulations.

For further information, see attached Joint Industry Letter (APPLiA, EHI, EHPA, EPEE, EUnited Cleaning, LightingEurope): Joint_Industry_letter_on_Ecodesign_-_May_2018


Contact details

Fanny Rateau

Regulatory Affairs Manager

EHI – European Heating Industry

+32 2 880 30 74

About the signatories:

About APPLiA: APPLiA represents the home appliance industry in Europe. Direct Members are Arçelik, Ariston Thermo Group, BSH Hausgeräte GmbH, Candy Group, Daikin Europe, De’Longhi, Dyson, AB Electrolux, Gorenje, Groupe Atlantic, LG Electronics Europe, Liebherr Hausgeräte, Miele & Cie. KG, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Groupe SEB, Vestel, Vorwerk and Whirlpool Europe. APPLiA’s member Associations cover the following countries: Austria, Baltics, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

About EHI: EHI, the Association of the European Heating Industry, represents 90% of the European market for heat and hot water generation, heating controls and heat emitters, as well as 75% of the hydronic heat pump market. Our Members produce advanced technologies for heating in buildings, including: heating systems, burners, boilers, heat pumps, components and system integrators, radiators, surface heating & cooling and renewable energy systems. In doing so, we employ directly more than 120.000 people in Europe and invest more than half a billion euro a year in energy efficiency.

About EPEE: The European Partnership for Energy and the Environment (EPEE) represents the refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump industry in Europe. Founded in the year 2000, EPEE’s membership is composed of 40 member companies, national and international associations. EPEE member companies realize a turnover of over 30 billion Euros, employ more than 200,000 people in Europe and also create indirect employment through a vast network of small and medium-sized enterprises such as contractors who install, service and maintain equipment. EPEE member companies have manufacturing sites and research and development facilities across the EU, which innovate for the global market. As an expert association, EPEE is supporting safe, environmentally and economically viable technologies with the objective of promoting a better understanding of the sector in the EU and contributing to the development of effective European policies.

About EHPA: The European Heat Pump Association (EHPA) is a Brussels based industry association which aims at promoting awareness and proper deployment of heat pump technology in the European market place for residential, commercial and industrial applications. EHPA provides technical and economic input to European, national and local authorities in legislative, regulatory and energy efficiency matters. All activities are aimed at overcoming market barriers and dissemination of information in order to speed up market development of heat pumps for heating, cooling and hot water production. EHPA coordinates quality initiatives: including the HP KEYMARK, a Quality label for heat pumps and Certification standards for heat pump installers. The association compiles the annual heat pump statistics and organizes a number of events, among them an annual heat pump conference.

About EUnited Cleaning: The Association of European cleaning machines manufacturers – EUnited Cleaning – represents the leading producers of floor cleaning machines and high-pressure cleaners for commercial and industrial use. The association of European cleaning machines manufacturers – EUnited Cleaning – represents the leading producers of floor cleaning machines and high-pressure cleaners for commercial and industrial use. Members are: Columbus, Comac, Diversey, Electrostar, FIMAP, Ghibli, Hako, Kärcher, Nilfisk, Numatic, RCM, RUWAC, Schwamborn, Starmix, Stihl, Stolzenberg, Tennant, Truvox, TTS Cleantech, Wetrok.

About LightingEurope: LightingEurope is the industry association that represents the lighting industry in Europe. We are the voice of more than 1,000 lighting companies that employ more than 100,000 Europeans and create an annual European turnover of over € 20 billion. Our daily mission is to advocate and defend the lighting industry in Brussels, while reconciling it with ongoing EU policy aims. In doing so, we are dedicated to promoting efficient lighting practices for the benefit of the global environment, human comfort, and the health and safety of consumers.