An energy-related product can be a product that directly uses energy such as a television or a fridge but also includes products like windows which can have an indirect impact on energy consumption when in use.
From 1 January 2021, new EU Ecodesign and Energy Labelling measures will no longer apply automatically in Great Britain and so BEIS, with input from Defra, will take on responsibility for setting regulatory standards and designing policy to limit the environmental impacts of ErPs in the UK. As the UK will no longer be part of the EU’s regulatory process, it is important that the UK Government establishes its own robust evidence base to inform decision making on which products to investigate further as candidates for policy development. This study will enable BEIS and Defra to assess which products are the highest priorities in terms of their energy use, contribution to carbon emissions and demand on resources.
To date, ErP policy measures have been set at an EU level and have subsequently taken direct effect in all Member States. The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020 and following the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020, new EU regulations will not apply in Great Britain and the UK will regain control over its own regulations. This means the UK Government will not participate in the EU’s regulatory process and will be able to set its own policy measures for energy-related products that meet UK interests and maximise benefits for UK consumers and businesses.
No. This study is about more than just Ecodesign and Energy Labelling. The wider remit of products policy includes other forms of intervention and levers, such as financial and fiscal incentives, awareness raising, innovation support, and voluntary programmes (as well as regulation).
Yes, BEIS are responsible for Ecodesign and Energy Labelling legislation in respect of Energy-related Products and will continue to lead policy development in this area. However the UK Government’s twin commitments to Net Zero and doubling resource productivity by 2050 are shared across Government and we are keen to explore how products policy can be used to introduce and/or strengthen resource efficiency and circular economy requirements in order to help achieve these ambitions.
ICF is a global consulting services company who combine unmatched expertise with cutting-edge engagement capabilities to help clients solve their most complex challenges, navigate change, and shape the future. In the UK, ICF supports the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) in delivering its responsibilities for Energy-related Products Policy and have done so since 2013. This has included providing technical and modelling expertise on the introduction and/or revision of existing Ecodesign and energy labelling regulations, as well as providing the technical expertise behind the Energy Technology List. Find out more at www.icf.com.
BEIS and Defra are keen to engage with a broad spectrum of stakeholders, ranging from manufacturers, suppliers, importers and trade associations, to designers, academics, consumers and environmental NGOs.
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We took an approach where products with existing policy measures in the EU or rest of world have been included using the classification associated with the measure (either a product or product group). We did not break them down into their constituent products. Where products are not currently regulated, we attempted to be more granular, so that subsequent tasks can consider logical groupings or screening of products.