The European Commission has opened two public consultation on energy Efficiency and Retail Markets. The first consultation is open from 03/02/2014 to 28/04/2014 and will treat energy efficiency and target Public authorities, Member States authorities, private organisations, industry associations, SMEs, Consultancies, other relevant stakeholders and Citizens. The aim of this public consultation is to seek the opinions of all stakeholders on the issues related to energy efficiency policies and measures for 2020 and 2030. Particularly, the replies submitted to this consultation will provide an important input to the review of progress towards the 2020 energy efficiency target under Article 3(2) of the Energy Efficiency Directive 2012/27/EU.
On 20th and 21st February European Commission’s DG ENERGY, ENTR, and ENV jointly organised in Brussels a High Level International conference on Product Policy, focused on “International trends in Ecodesign and Energy Labelling.”
Consumers, European and International Industries, external partner and some SMEs took part in the discussion, bringing their experiences and suggestions.
Both Directives contribute to 2020 targets for energy-efficiency and greenhouse gas reductions, and more than 30 implementing regulation were adopted on their drive.
Nevertheless this regulatory framework is now under revision and there was a broad consensus among the panelist that more can still be done to improve the results in term of market and energy efficiency.
The European Parliament gave on 5th February its green light on the Recast of the Lifts Directive 95/16/EC, undertaken in 2011 in the framework of the implementation of the New Legislative Framework (NLF) adopted in 2008 as “the Goods Package”.
After a long negotiation between the European Institutions, the EP backed the results of the trialogues with 650 votes in favour, 14 votes against and 10 abstentions.
The new Recast is intended to clarify the interpretation and application of the legislation by the Member States, to avoid unequal market conditions and unsafe products placed on the market. The Directive will provide manufacturers, installers and authorities with clearer definitions, obligations of economic operators…
On 22nd January, CEN-CENELEC launched a new online toolbox which aims to explain the European standardisation process to consumers and other societal stakeholders. This new instrument is called ‘Societal Stakeholders’ Toolbox and is intended in particular to support the participation of organizations that are concerned with defending the interests of consumers, protecting the environment, and promoting the health and safety of workers.
By enabling the organisations representing societal stakeholders to participate in the development of standards, the new instrument will help to ensure that all relevant concerns will be taken into account during the drafting process.