The European Commission is trying to block the implementation of a new set of Ecodesign requirements. Here we write to the EU’s highest-ranked officials asking them to support the measures for Europe and its people.
Coolproducts campaigners and other NGOs are publishing today a report focusing on 18 months of research into the test standards of three popular consumer products covered by the energy label scheme – dishwashers, refrigerators and televisions. The study found that the test standards, when used for the declaration of energy-performance of these products, do not always reflect typical consumer usage and technological developments.
This time last year the Dieselgate scandal erupted. The notorious cheating brought a car giant to its knees and is now threatening others. Less well known are the regulatory parallels between automotive and the appliance sector.
The lighting industry is deliberately misrepresenting the energy performance of home and office lighting on a grand scale, according to an official document that surfaced this week.
Most firms, including Osram, Philips and General Electric, are knowingly selling bulbs that are 10% less bright than declared on the packet (lumens), according to a statement filed with the World Trade Organisation by the European Commission.
At VW, what you see is not what you get. The same is true with home appliances. Firms are deliberately overstating the performance of their products through a legal loophole that could be costing consumers as much as €2bn a year. Reforms to close the loophole have been frozen by European Commission chiefs nervous of VW-like headlines.
- Manufacturers deliberately overstating product performance
- Whistleblower: the problem is endemic in the lighting sector
- Loophole could be costing consumers €2bn a year in higher energy bills
- European Commission sitting on a silver bullet legal reform
- Electrolux criticises Commission