The April 12, 2011 release
of Appliance Testing for Energy Label Evaluation (ATLETE) test results
shows that a higher level of market surveillance is needed to keep
European appliance labels compliant.
Project test were released during the ATLETE conference, held April 12
in Brussels during the European Union’s Sustainable Energy
Week. Luigi Meli, general director of European appliance industry
association CECED, called the results "disappointing."
84% of tested appliances complied with the energy efficiency class
declaration and two related key parameters: energy consumption and
storage volume. However, just 47% of the tested appliances
were found to comply with all five test parameters.
A statement released by ATLETE today pointed out that two of those
parameters - freezing capacity and temperature rise time –
"have been less commonly checked since the energy label was introduced
ATLETE has said repeatedly that the test results are "indicative only,"
and that only the market surveillance authorities in each European
Union member state can legally declare an appliance to be compliant or
ATLETE has also said that the 80 appliance models it tested represent a
small sample of all the models sold in Europe by the entire appliance
industry, so the test results are not sufficient for judging the
overall compliance of any appliance maker's product line.
If nothing else, ATLETE has fulfilled its primary goal: to prove that
pan-European monitoring of appliance labeling is possible, practical,
"The level of compliance with energy label requirements must improve,"
stated CECED General Director Luigi Meli one of the project partners.
"These results are disappointing but they do not detract from the
industry’s position on this issue."
Meli added, "Strong market surveillance is the best way to ensure a
level playing field, fair competition for domestic equipment
manufacturers operating within the Single Market and a high level of
protection for the consumers. It is essential that Governments provide
adequate resources to ensure market surveillance."
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