Ecodesign, together with energy labelling is widely recognised as one of the most effective policy tools in the area of energy efficiency. Ecodesign aims at improving the energy and environmental performance of products throughout their life cycle (raw material selection and use; manufacturing; packaging, transport and distribution; installation and maintenance; use; and end-of-life) by systematically integrating environmental aspects at the earliest stage of product design.
The Ecodesign Directive is complemented by the Energy Labelling Directive. Energy labelling requirements aim at providing citizens with information about environmental performance of products and thus at providing incentives for industry to develop further improved products and innovations beyond minimum ecodesign levels.
While ecodesign progressively bans the least-efficient appliances from the market, energy labelling guides consumers towards the most energy efficient appliances leading to concrete economic benefits to the consumer over the life cycle of the product.
In the last two years preparatory studies on window products with solar shading collected evidence and explored all policy options. The outcome is a recommendation on an energy label with solar shading. Next step in the procedure is for the European Commission to submit a proposal to be discussed by the forum of stakeholders.
ES-SO's position paper on energy labelling, download here