In how many different ways can we address energy efficiency?

APPLiA has actively participated to the biggest European event dedicated to energy efficiency and renewables that took place in Brussels from 18-20 June, the EUSEW.

This year, APPLiA assured a full coverage of the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), splitting its presence between discussion panels and the Networking Village, for a balanced mix of traditional and more interactive participation.

In a debate entirely dedicated to the development of ecodesign and energy labelling, the Director General of APPLiA, Paolo Falcioni highlighted the need to ensure that all products on the market are also present on the European Registry for Energy Labelling (EPREL). “All manufacturers are busy with providing information but who is going to check that all products available on the market are actually in the EPREL database? This is the first time the European Commission has to deliver a fully working system within a deadline, he added and asked the EU experts not to reduce the level of attention for this and next generation of products. Difficult to bypass standardisation, the foundation of ecodesign and energy label, APPLiA underlined the arising challenge for the industry and market surveillance authorities to refer to harmonised standards, given that a high number is still awaiting listing in the EU Official Journal, the gazette making testing methods legally acknowledged.

 

Paolo Falcioni also challenged the term energy sufficiency, or having enough but not using too much. “In the one-world boundary we have, we don’t have to be sufficient, we have to be outstanding. The ever-evolving global context shows that emerging countries increasingly need access to the latest technologies,” he said and took India as an example where cooling homes can be life saving. It is exactly for the purpose of fostering international cooperation that IRHMA was built, Paolo Falcioni added.

On the following day, APPLiA participated to the session “Ecodesign and energy labels: setting standards for consumers” where Michał Zakrzewski, the Association’s Smart Living and Competitiveness Policy Director, referred to accuracy, repeatability and reproducibility of measurement as features to be secured when testing products’ standards in real-life conditions. What is more, testing standards need to be reasonably easy understood by market surveillance authorities. “The more you try to simulate real-life conditions of use, the more difficult keeping those assumptions becomes and this is why trade-offs are often needed”, he said. Standards must be trusted and not to be a hurdle for consumers, who should simply be guaranteed with compliant safe products, Michał Zakrzewski concluded.

 

To complete APPLiA’s participation at the EUSEW19, an interactive stand was waiting for the visitors at the Networking Village to get them on board for the journey to Circular Culture. “Sustainability in the language of generation Z”, together with two young influencers turning sustainability into practice, APPLiA asked dozens to commit to a more sustainable living. A wall, full of instant photos with sustainable decisions to change daily habits, was self-explanatory of people’s willingness to do their own bit for better lifestyles. To complete the experience, a quiz was running on a TV screen, setting a good moment for some healthy competition on the potential energy efficient home appliances, leaving all participants with a small prize for a more eco-friendly time in the kitchen.