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Policies & Issues: Environment

THE ECO-DESIGN DIRECTIVE, INCLUDING ENERGY USING PRODUCTS (EUP) AND ENERGY LABELLING REGULATIONS
The A-G label is one of the most successful and widely recognised environmental labels in use in Europe. However, it has become outdated because of technological advances, and requires updating. Europe is considering two alternatives regarding revisions to the A-G Energy Label – to revalorise and retain a closed A-G scale, or add additional categories. Following contradictory votes earlier in the year in the European Parliament on the A-G Energy Label, the European Commission undertook some consumer research to identify the most appropriate solution. The research demonstrated that A-G is the most effective communication mechanism, except during transition periods (when the label is being updated). As a result, a compromise has been proposed, based on a closed scale, with the opportunity for additional categories in certain circumstances. BRC believes that it is imperative to maintain the well-known closed scale A-G layout. Working with the Energy Saving Trust, Consumer Focus and European organisations BEUC and ANEC, we are continuing to lobby for retention of the highly recognised and effective A-G format.

Energy Using Product regulations are being implemented for a variety of domestic appliances, including white goods, televisions and lightbulbs. Retailers have demonstrated their commitment to assisting customers to reduce their carbon footprint by entering into voluntary agreements to improve the performance of their ranges on certain products, including lightbulbs and televisions.
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