eceee's views

This page lists official eceee documents and statements. Please also see the European Directives pages and eceee's policy briefs. These are comprehensive overviews of current energy efficiency topics, but also contain a section of eceee's views on the topic.

Official eceee statements and positions

(9 Sep 2015) eceee position on the EC July 2015 proposal for a revised Labelling Directive

eceee supports the European Commission proposal and recommends its implementation into formal legislation eceee considers the growing share of energy efficient products on the EU’s market to be a result of the energy labelling and ecodesign legislation, which is supported by manufacturers’ innovation, consumer awareness campaigns, and market surveillance activities. Read more

(28 Apr 2014) eceee response on consultation on the 2020 progress and a 2030 energy efficiency policy framework

eceee provided a response on the EU's public consultation on the review of progress towards the 2020 energy efficiency objective and a 2030 energy efficiency policy framework. Read more

(1 Jun 2013) eceee response to the stakeholder consultation on the Green Paper on 2030 Climate and Energy Policy

eceee welcomes the consultation as an opportunity to underline that a new, more coherent and framework of Climate & Energy policies and measures is needed to set the EU back on track towards sustainable growth. Read more

(16 Mar 2012) eceee: Important to keep IEE type of funding for efficiency programmes

Following the Multi-annual Financial Framework 2014-2020, the European Commission has abandoned the Intelligent Energy Europe programme (IEE). In the light of this, eceee believes it is of utmost importance that the programmatic approach represented by the IEE programme receives a separate and clear budget line in the new funding regime. Read more

(22 Sep 2010) Europe must provide leadership in energy efficiency

Europe must provide leadership in energy efficiency. This is the message of eceee, Europe’s largest membership-based NGO solely focused on energy efficiency, when it today presented its views on the forthcoming EU Energy Efficiency Action Plan. Read more

(2 Jun 2010) Energy efficiency first approach is needed in the Energy Strategy for Europe 2011–2020

eceee welcomes the flagship initiative to promote a “Resource-efficient Europe” outlined in consultation document for en energy strategy for Europe. However, real innovation for a sustainable energy policy must be built on an energy efficiency first foundation. Without this, achieving a future low-carbon energy demand is likely to prove costly with negative effects for poor households and EU competitiveness alike. Read more

(25 Mar 2010) eceee comments on a voluntary agreement for imaging equipment

The proposal of 19 February has some improvements compared to the first proposal, but is still not sufficient to satisfy the requirements for a solid and reliable voluntary agreement as a replacement for regulation. Read more

(25 Mar 2010) eceee views: Comments on the proposed eco-design regulation for fans 125W-500kW

eceee welcomes the proposal for eco-design requirements for fans. However, we cannot support the proposed requirements, which are too weak to achieve the potential savings of 2 TWh linked to this measure. Read more

(2 Mar 2010) eceee: Proposed TV label does not reflect the rapid market development

eceee welcomes the revised proposal for TV label requirements, but notes that the current proposal fails to fully reflect the rapid market developments of TV energy efficiency. Requirements for class A should be more stringent and the label should contain level A+ already when it is introduced. Read more

(22 Jan 2010) Eco-design requirements for non-professional displays: Comments from eceee on the amended proposal

eceee welcomes the proposal to make monitors compliant with higher Energy Star specifications earlier than previously proposed, and that the scope has been extended to screens beyond 30 inches. However, we regret that energy labelling requirements are not introduced at this stage, given the trend for computer displays and TVs to converge into the same products. For a more detailed statement on eceee’s views, please see our comments from October 2009. Read more

(22 Jan 2010) Eco-design requirements for computers: Comments from eceee to the revised proposal

eceee welcomes that requirements at the Energy Star 5.0 levels are proposed to be introduced directly at an earlier stage and that servers are now included in the scope. For a more detailed statement, please see our comments from October 2009. Read more

(17 Nov 2009) eceee's comments on the proposed self-regulatory initiative (SRI) for machine tools

eceee appreciates the initiative of the European Machine Tool Industries interest organisation CECIMO to propose a so-called self-regulatory initiative (SRI) well ahead of any results from the preparatory study. However, CECIMO’s proposals must be integrated with the process of the preparatory study to find solutions to many of the problems involved in regulating a group of products as complex as machine tools. Read more

(17 Nov 2009) eceee's comments on the self-regulatory initiative (SRI) for medical imaging equipment

In the light of relatively low aggregate energy consumption of medical imaging equipment, and the importance to safeguard the primary function of these products, eceee welcomes the self-regulatory initiative as a good intention to contribute to energy efficient product development. Read more

(8 Oct 2009) Eco-design proposals for computers and monitors could be more ambitious

eceee welcomes the proposed eco-design requirements for computers as well as the proposal for computer displays. Both lack ambition, however, and risk to have very little practical effect on the market. The proposed requirements for computer displays also have an insufficient scope. eceee further suggests that computer displays should be included in the European energy labelling scheme. Read more

(8 Oct 2009) Weak voluntary agreement no substitute for eco-design requirements

eceee today presented its views on the two voluntary agreements on complex set top boxes and imaging equipment, to be discussed in the eco-design consultation forum. Whereas the proposed voluntary agreement for complex set to boxes may become successful, the proposal on imaging equipment is unacceptable. Read more

(1 Sep 2009) Beyond energy efficiency

eceee presents its input paper for the new EU Energy Efficiency Action Plan. "Instead of just creating a long wish list, we have tried to focus on fewer, but very important issues" said eceee's Executive Director Nils Borg. Read more

(25 Jun 2009) eceee key issues on the EP vote on EPBD

eceee welcomes the proposal published by the European Commission on 13 November 2008 which lays out a framework for the long-term improvement in the energy performance of buildings, the sector with high untapped potential for energy efficiency improvements. eceee also welcomes amendments provided by the European Parliament, in its vote on 23 April 2009. Read more

(19 Jun 2008) Labelling position

In a letter to the European Commission, eceee expresses support for the current A–G scale as opposed to a numerical scale. The numerical scale has been proposed by stakeholders in the Commission's working group on a possible redesign of the energy label. Read more

(17 Jun 2008) Motors, Fans, Pumps and Circulators

eceee welcomes the proposed eco-design requirements for motors, fans, circulators, and water pumps. In general we support that the regulations take the form of implementing measures and we approve of the staged approach where applicable. Read more

(17 Apr 2008) General Lighting

eceee welcomes the proposed eco-design requirements for general lighting equipment, primarily intended for domestic use. eceee strongly supports the second option outlined by the Commission. This option would allow only CFLs and the most efficient halogen lamps as direct replacements for incandescents (or better technologies). Read more

(21 Mar 2008) Proposed eco-design requirements for boilers and water heaters: eceee comments

We welcome the Commission’s intention to introduce higher energy efficiency performance through the Eco-design Directive and are impressed by the detailed and thorough analysis undertaken by the consultants for Lot 1 and Lot 2. While we fully support the Commission’s desires to improve energy security and lower carbon dioxide emissions from boilers and electric water heaters, we do not entirely agree with their current proposed procedures to achieve this. Read more

(16 Feb 2008) eceee’s comments on the proposed ecodesign requirements for external power supplies

eceee welcomes the proposed ecodesign requirements for external power supplies. In particular we believe the most important issue is ensuring a swift as possible transition to the stricter (stage 2) proposals. Read more

(14 Feb 2008) eceee's comments on the proposed ecodesign requirements for simple set top boxes

eceee welcomes the proposed Implementing Measures for simple set-top boxes. We think the approach with staged requirements is good. However, introduction of the first set of requirements is urgent. Read more

(5 Feb 2008) eceee comments on the consultation document on the revision of the Energy Labelling Directive 92/75/EC

eceee is strongly in favour of keeping this valuable instrument. The Labelling Directive has strong merits and a full use of its present potential can soon deliver significant energy and carbon dioxide savings. The main asset of the EU energy label is its mandatory lay-out (especially the A–G scale, the coloured arrows), the display of the label at point of sale, and the simple message it gives. Read more

(29 Jan 2008) Proposed eco-design requirements for fluorescent lighting products and office lighting: eceee comments

General comment: We support the work to develop basic and generic criteria, which would eventually cover all lighting products (as presented at the Consultation Forum 18 December). This should also form the basis for revising the energy labels covering lighting products. In our view, criteria, definitions, test standards developed for the EuP Implementing Measures must be harmonised with criteria applied under the labelling Directive. We can only stress the urgency of seeing this work completed. Read more

(12 Jan 2006) Doing More With Less

EU Green Paper on Energy Efficiency or "Doing More With Less": eceee's response Read more

(6 Jan 2005) The Competition and Innovation Programme

Proposal on merging the Intelligent Energy-Europe Programme into the Competition and Innovation Programme: eceee's response Read more

(22 Feb 2004) The Eco-design Directive

The Eco-design Directive: letter from eceee Read more

(19 Nov 2003) The EU Emissions Trading System

The EU Emissions Trading System: eceee statement Read more

(30 Aug 2002) Energy label for cold appliances

Recommendation to keep the A–G scale for cold appliances from the eceee board Read more

(4 Dec 2001) The Green Paper

The Green Paper on the security of energy supply: eceee comments Read more

(1 Jun 2001) The Kyoto agreement

Kyoto agreement: eceee statement Read more

(6 Mar 2001) European Commission import duties on CFLs

Import duties on CFLs: eceee position paper Read more