The 27 member states of the European Union (EU) consume approximately 14.8 percent of the world’s total primary energy. The European Commission (EC) is the executive body responsible for energy policy across the European economic zone. European common policies for energy efficiency stem from two directives passed by the European Council and European Parliament: the Ecodesign of Energy-related Products Directive 2009/125/EC and the Energy Labeling Directive 2010/30/EU. These directives define the legislative framework for the EU Energy Labeling and Standards programs.
The EU Energy Label is a comparative label that rates products by energy efficiency class from A to G on the label, with A representing the most energy efficient and G the least efficient. Recently, additional grades were added to the top of the efficiency scale for products where successful market transformation programs have contributed to widespread improvements in efficiency. Standards are developed through the Ecodesign Implementing Measures, which prioritize product categories for preparatory studies and consultations before a measure is adopted. Following the consultation an implementing measure must be approved by the Ecodesign Regulatory Committee and voted on by the European Parliament and the Council.
Information regarding the EU's current energy efficiency programs can be found on the CLASP Standards and Labeling (S&L) Database.
Standards & Labeling: The EC and its members are participating in international collaborations for commercial refrigeration, solid state lighting, televisions, motors, computers, distribution transformers and network standby.
Technical Analysis: The EC is participating in international efforts to share programmatic best practices, technical analysis, and other information relevant to the development of world class appliance and equipment standards.