The organisations below are active in the field of ecodesign and labelling in different ways. CLASP identifies expertise and information for standards and labels. ECOS coordinates Environmental NGOs in the standardisation process. Topten shows the most energy efficient products and Coolproducts calls for ambitious minimum energy efficiency requirements.
CLASP identifies expertise and information in the field of Standards and Labels for appliances and provides governments and partners with the best available technical information.
CLASP is an independent non-profit corporation established in 1999. It is specialised in Energy Efficient Standards & Labels (S&L) for appliances. The primary objective is to identify and respond to the need for assistance in this field.
The projects of CLASP aim to enhance institutional capacity at different levels to improve energy efficiency of appliances. Examples of activities are:
- Aggregation of resources
- Assembling of project teams from qualified organisations
- Project management
- Dissemination of information
The implementation of minimum energy performance standards in China is one example of CLASP projects. With assistance from CLASP and other international bodies, China has implemented a series of minimum energy performance standards. The voluntary energy efficiency label in China has now been expanded to over 40 products.
CLASP collaborates with policy makers and industry representatives. Four categories are invited as CLASP partners – Sponsoring Partners, Country Partners, Implementing Partners and Affiliate Partners. Partnership can be obtained through a fast, on-line process.
For more information view the CLASP web site.
ECOS coordinates the involvement of Environmental NGOs in the ecodesign process and works to enhance the voice of environmental protection in the standardisation processes.
ECOS - the European Environmental Citizens' Organisation on Standardisation - is a consortium of Environmental NGOs. ECOS is mainly involved in monitoring the activities of the international standardisation bodies and product policies at EU level (such as the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Directives).
ECOS works for:
- The increase of the ecological performance of products.
- Sound measurement methods for pollutants.
- Greening management systems in businesses.
- Improving consumer information towards sustainable consumption.
Together with INFORSE-Europe, WWF, Greenpeace, Climate Action Network Europe, EEB and other NGOs, ECOS has a permanent seat in the Ecodesign Consultation Forum. The organisations cooperate on the development of common positions to better argue for high energy efficiency requirements and good consumer information via energy labels.
The collaboration also includes the Cool products Campaign and an expert website providing detailed insights and analysis of the regulations adopted under the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling directives. The web site also holds views from NGOs on the ecodesign product studies and implementing measures.
Topten presents the most energy efficient products in each category. Consumers, professional buyers and policy makers can get information on benchmarking, procurement criteria and available products in different countries.
Topten has two major functions:
- An on-line search tool for consumers
- A European benchmarking site for policy makers and professional buyers.
The Topten web site provides a portal to reach the National TopTen web sites. The national sites show the most energy efficient products available in Topten partner countries.
TopTen also shows anonymous information about the least efficient product on the market in each category. The aim is to give consumers information of the difference between the best and worst products in terms of energy efficiency.
For policy makers and professional buyers, TopTen serves as a European benchmarking site, identifying the most energy efficient products in Europe. The web site also holds policy recommendations and information related to the revision of ecodesign requirements.
Another service is the Topten purchasing and procurement guidance for professional buyers. It includes guidance on tender criteria to buy the most efficient product on the market.
Key criteria are energy efficiency, impact on the environment, health and quality. Sometimes subcategories for size and model are shown in order to make the fair comparisons
The Coolproducts campaign works for ambitious minimum energy efficiency and environmental requirements for products sold in the EU. The Coolproducts web site aims to inform and engage people in an informative and understandable way.
The Coolproducts for a Cool Planet is a campaign for energy efficieny of products and buildings. Its website presents information about what is happening in EU policy making in this field. The objective is to give an understandable picture of the different interests and forces behind the arguments.
The web site has also a products section that discusses important energy and policy aspects for different products. It also shows The Cool Products, Warm Homes Manifesto, which gives recommendations for reduced energy use.
According to Coolproducts, the energy used for heating and cooling buildings equals about one quarter of all energy consumption in Europe. Many buildings in Europe are poorly insulated and use inefficient heating and cooling products. This results in a waste of energy, where it could be avoided.
Coolproducts calls for more ambitious EU legislation for energy efficiency of buildings and products. Despite the introduction of the Ecodesign directive and revised Buildings directive there is still a need for greater coherence of the legal system.
The campaign has recently published a report - Energy Savings in Practice. According to the report, large energy savings can be made in energy efficient household appliances, especially in heating equipment. However, ambitious ecodesign regulations must be adopted urgently. The report and a summary of the report can also be downloaded from the Coolproducts web site.