Post-Brexit energy performance standards: to be more ambitious?

The UK Government claims it wants to take the opportunity to set more ‘ambitious’ rules after the end of the post-Brexit transition period. This obviously means that the UK will not stay in ecodesign that is the directive for minimum energy performance standards for products or the energy labelling regulation. This will be quite a change since the UK showed a lack of ambition when the EU was coming out with its long-term energy savings targets. But, let’s hope they keep this new attitude. Oliver Trebilcock discusses in an article on the Which? Website.

 

‘Ambitious’ new energy efficiency standards post Brexit could benefit UK consumers

Consumers are being asked their views on tougher climate-friendly standards for electrical appliances currently being developed by the UK Government in collaboration with businesses.

The government’s call for evidence is asking for feedback on plans to tackle energy wastage and carbon emissions.

These energy standards are currently based on EU regulations, and the UK Government claims it wants to take the opportunity to set more ‘ambitious’ rules after the end of the post-Brexit transition period, which ends on 31 December 2020. Post-Brexit trade deals – how will they affect the consumer?

What might the new standards require?

The government has put a range of topics up for discussion, including potentially requiring smart appliances to automatically adapt their energy usage in response to demands, such as the price of electricity, which could save consumers money.

It’s also looking into making household gadgets easier for consumers to repair, and other requirements to make products more resource efficient.

This includes a spotlight on improving the energy efficiency of ovens and hobs, of which 5m are sold in the UK annually. Analysis suggests that if the UK raised minimum energy performance for ovens by one energy class, from A to A+, it could save up to 300,000 tons of carbon dioxide being released each year.

Improvements to energy labels are also proposed to help consumers make more informed choices. Areas under discussion include displaying lifetime energy costs at point of purchase for a product, plus additional information on the cost of running a product, how easily it can be repaired, reused and recycled, and how durable it is.

Natalie Hitchins, Which? head of home products and services, said: ‘The chance to update and adapt energy product labelling to better suit consumers and wider UK needs could lead to improved overall standards for energy efficiency, as well as more environmentally sound options.’

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2 thoughts on “Post-Brexit energy performance standards: to be more ambitious?

  1. Pardon my scepticism, but if you look back to whenever new standards were being considered under the Eco Design directive, the U.K. mostly argued for less rather than more ambitious standards. Let us see whether this leopard will really change its spots outside the EU.

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