Energy-related products are goods, such as washing machines, lighting equipment and televisions, which use energy or affect energy consumption when in-use or in standby mode.
In total, they makeup approximately 55% of the total (non-transport) energy use in the UK and are currently regulated under three policies in the UK, namely Ecodesign, Energy Labelling and The Energy Technology List (this not being covered under this consultation).
- Ecodesign sets minimum energy performance standards for products which gradually push the least energy-efficient products off the market. Ecodesign requirements can also facilitate progress towards a more circular economy by setting requirements relating to aspects of a product’s resource efficiency, at any point in the product lifecycle from production to end-of-life. These include material consumption, emissions, pollution and waste generation, as well as durability, repairability, recyclability and ease of material recovery.
- Energy labels aim to drive the uptake of the most energy-efficient products by providing consumers with information on their energy performance rating at the point of purchase. They are also intended to promote competition amongst manufacturers to develop more energy-efficient products; reduce energy use and consumer bills; and ultimately reduce carbon emissions.
Ecodesign and Energy Labelling policy measures have been set at an EU level and have subsequently taken direct effect in all Member States. The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020 and following the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020, we will regain control over our economic and political independence. This means we will be able to set our own products policy measures to maximise benefits for UK consumers and businesses.
The Institution of Engineering and Technology Trustees propose submitting a response to this consultation and invite comments from Members who have expertise in this area and have studied the consultation documents. In its capacity as a professional body, the IET will confine itself to only addressing those questions that are within its area(s) of competence.
For more information and a summary of the questions, please refer to the consultation webpage.
Please respond no later than 9 am 28/08/20 to Rick Hartwig, with "Energy-Related Products" in the subject line.