What is the EEPLIANT3 Concerted Action?
EEPLIANT3 (Energy Efficiency Compliant Products 2018) is the largest pan-EU Concerted Action on market surveillance to date aiming to achieve impacts in line with the objectives of the Horizon 2020 - Work Programme 2018-2020 Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy. The project is funded by the European Union under the Horizon 2020 framework with duration from June 2019 until May 2023.
The EEPLIANT3 Concerted Action is coordinated by PROSAFE - The Product Safety Forum of Europe together with the Austrian Energy Agency (AEA) and vores vureau (vb). The project consortium is composed of 24 Market Surveillance Authorities (MSAs) and 5 organisations from: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Turkey. They have joined forces to review and test the energy performance of six product categories:
- Air conditioners and comfort fans
- Household tumble dryers
- Water heaters and hot water storage tanks
- Ventilation units
- Lighting products, and
- Local space heaters.
The overall objective of this Concerted Action is to help deliver the intended economic and environment benefits of the framework Regulation for Energy Labelling 2017/1369 and Ecodesign Directive 2009/125 by increasing the rates of compliance with them. This will be achieved through the coordination of the monitoring, verification and enforcement activities of MSAs and other organisations across the Single Market plus Turkey. Next to this, the project also includes various “horizontal” activities intended to create long-lasting impact by developing smart digital (ICT) and traditional tools, expertise and good practices across Europe for a more effective market surveillance on Ecodesign and Energy Labelling.
The EEPLIANT3 market surveillance campaigns seek to support sector-level regularisation, data-informed policy design and policy mix while boosting public awareness on the energy and non-energy impacts of lost energy and consumer trust in the energy performance of products placed on the EU market. For this purpose, the project will reach out to and engage with several identified key stakeholders ― the Energy Labelling and Ecodesign ADCOs, EU trade associations of the suppliers of the products targeted by this action, and consumer organisations. As a result, stakeholders will continue to build confidence in the increasing effectiveness of market surveillance in the EU/EEA.
The project activities are divided into the following 12 Work Packages (WP):
- WP1: Management, Communication and common methodologies
- WP2: Development of IT tools
- WP3: Collaboration with customs
- WP4: Centres of excellence
- WP5: Training and exchange programme
- WP6: New challenges and priorities
- WP7: Testing of air conditioners
- WP8: Testing of tumble dryers
- WP9: Testing of water heaters and storage tanks
- WP10: Testing of ventilation units
- WP11: Testing of lighting
- WP12: Testing of local space heaters
The EEPLIANT3 Concerted Action builds upon the success and the lessons learnt from past joint market surveillance actions on energy-related products in the EU and other countries: