Recent evaluations of the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Directives all praise this policy package already delivering on consumer savings that will reach some €450 per home per year by 2020.

In an assessment for the European Commission, Ecofys claims “all the research literature and stakeholder views assessed are in agreement that [it] should be maintained and reinforced.” However, not all its impressive potential is being reaped, because of sub-optimal decisions. “There is a clear need for more and better tools that may help to establish sufficient ambition levels.” (Ecofys).

To realise an ‘efficiency first’ principle in the EU, as Commissioner Cañete is claiming, robust adjustments to the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling policy processes are essential. Three utmost priorities need to be considered in the context of legislative reform due to start this year.

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