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Energy Label Display trends in shops
(second round results)

Insufficient market surveillance is one of the main obstacles to the full realisation of the energy saving potential of the EU Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Directives. It is estimated that 10 percent of the expected savings may be wasted due to non-compliant products on the market. This would translate into more than 100TWh of annual final energy savings that could be missed in the EU, as much as the current residential electricity consumption of East-and Central Eastern Europe.

National authorities in member states have their formal role to play in verifying compliance and sanctioning free riders. However, these activities are not the only opportunity for creating a much more compelling climate of compliance and removing free riders’ sense of impunity. Civil society stakeholders can play a substantial role, provided they build more capacity, ramp up their expertise in this field and collaborate more at EU level. The MarketWatch project aims at increasing the involvement of civil society in market surveillance activities related to Ecodesign and energy labelling, with the ultimate goal to increase the level of compliance in the EU. This project brings together a large consortium of environmental, consumer and energy non-profits in countries representing 80 percent of the EU final energy consumption.

Read the full article / Lees het hele rapport (Engels)


June, 2015


Juraj Krivošík

SEVEn, The Energy Efficiency Center

Czech Republic


and the MarketWatch consortium

(National chapters written by individual project partners)

Project coordinated by

Frances Downy

Energy Saving Trust

United Kingdom


Supported by

Intelligent Energy Europe