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The EU’s state-of-green

In its freshly released report on Ecodesign and Energy Labelling actions in the Union, the EU European Court of Auditors states the undeniable contribution of energy efficiency measures to the sustainable-being of the region, while assessing the complexities that flow from a similar process.

Having the framework of the Green Deal in mind, the EU's commitment to a greener market has been renovated and reinvigorated. In its freshly released report on Ecodesign and Energy Labelling actions in the Union, the EU European Court of Auditors states the undeniable contribution of energy efficiency measures to the sustainable-being of the region, while assessing the complexities that flow from a similar process.

”If the time to develop legislation is often subject to evaluation“ commented Paolo Falcioni, APPLiA’s Director-General- ”what matters most is the output: it has to be clearly written, enforceable and it has to contribute to a better Europe.” The outcome of that legislation, in fact, enters our homes to preserve our food, wash our clothes and cook our dinner and it has to do it always according to the highest sustainable standards. Looking behind us, much has already been achieved thanks to products like fridges that make our homes our favorite place. A new model today uses only ¼ of the energy used by a fridge 20 years ago, embodying the certainty that sustainability starts at home. That has been possible by the joint efforts of legislation, manufacturers and consumers take-up of efficient appliances. That is our vision of a #CircularCulture where each actor is embracing the challenge of a Greener Europe.

To complement legislation, harmonised standards come into play to measure the energy used by an appliance. The task, not the easiest one, aims at getting closer to meeting real life conditions, while keeping technical precision to make sure each test is done in the same, repeatable and reproducible way to yield comparable results. 

As for market surveillance, it is the holy grail to ensure fair competition between all market actors and it is never enough. Looking at the European Court of Auditors report alone, that shows that not enough has been done. “That is because”, Paolo Falcioni stated, “to us, anything short of a 100% compliance rate is not acceptable”- being also cited by Bloomberg Environment in an article on the topic. To get to that level, greater focus and much stronger coordination at European level are needed. “Ideally”, he continued, “if we aim at a Single Market, an effective and efficient European coordination of market surveillance should be the first step to the holy grail.”