EU requirements for energy-related products
Energy products can affect energy consumption. A long list of these products is covered by requirements, which are meant to improve their energy efficiency. The EU’s two directives of product samples Ecodesign and Energy-Labelling set out the most important requirements for such products.
There are, furthermore, a number of voluntary schemes such as the EU Flower and the Nordic Swan Ecolabel, the EU’s Code of Conduct and the Energy Star.
Labelling schemes promote energy efficiency
In the EU energy-related products such as lamps and white goods are energy-labelled. The aim is to visualize the products’ energy consumption and to allow the consumer to make informed choices. The Ecodesign requirements set minimum standards in terms of how much energy products on the EU’s internal market are allowed to consume. The Ecodesign rules can also include environmental parameters.
The Danish Energy Agency is the National Market Surveillance Authority
The Danish Energy Agency enforce whether the rules on Energy-Labelling and Ecodesign are upheld in Denmark. The market surveillance includes four types of control: internet controls, shop controls, document inspections and measurement inspections. The Secretariat for Ecodesign and Energy-Labelling is responsible for the practical elements of the market surveillance on behalf of the Danish Energy Agency.