9 Feb 2018
EU Decision Revising the Ecolabelling of Televisions Published
According to the European Commission’s website, ecolabelled televisions must meet criteria that guarantee lower energy consumption during use and stand-by; a limitation of substances harmful to health and the environment; a design for higher product durability, easy disassembly and recycling; and user instructions for correct environmental use.
On 13 January 2018, the Official Journal published Commission Decision 2018/59 amending Decision 2009/300/EC as regards the content, and period of validity, of the ecological criteria for the award of the EU ecolabel to televisions.
Commission Decision 2009/300/EC sets out, for the ‘televisions’ product group, specific ecological criteria as well as assessment and verification requirements. The validity of the current ecological criteria and related assessment and verification requirements set out in Decision 2009/300/EC expired on 31 December 2017. The new Decision states that these shall be valid until 31 December 2019.
The first criterion set out in Decision 2009/300/EC, which concerns energy savings, is based on the existing energy labelling and ecodesign requirements for televisions that are laid down in Commission Regulation 642/2009. As a consequence, the EU ecolabel is currently awarded to televisions that are labelled with Energy Class B under the energy labelling scheme for televisions set out in Commission Delegated Regulation 1062/2010 (the so-called Energy Labelling Scheme).
However, it is now felt that energy class B is not the most efficient class sold on the market in the EU. As a result, the first criterion in Decision 2009/300/EC needs to be updated to ensure that the EU ecolabel is awarded to products that are energy efficient.
A proposal has been made to replace the existing energy labelling and ecodesign requirements for televisions with a new set of requirements by the latest in 2019, but the proposal has not yet been adopted, states the Commission Decision. Pending adoption of that proposal, the ‘energy savings’ criterion in Decision 2009/300/EC should, it is stated, be amended to refer to the higher energy classes in the current version of the Energy Labelling Scheme.
An assessment has been carried out confirming the relevance and appropriateness of the proposed amendment to the ‘energy savings’ criterion, and also confirming the relevance and appropriateness of all the other existing ecological criteria for televisions and related assessment and verification requirements established by Decision 2009/300/EC.
Hong Kong sellers of televisions wishing to avail of the EU ecolabel should especially take note of the Annex to Decision 2009/300/EC, which is amended as set out in the Annex to the new Decision published on 13 January 2018. The Annex sets out the amendment to criterion 1 (Energy savings) of the EU ecolabel criteria for televisions as found in Commission Decision 2009/300/EC. EU Ecolabel licences awarded in accordance with the criteria set out in the old version of Decision 2009/300/EC may be used for 6 months from the date of adoption of the new Decision.