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Exploring EU Energy Efficiency Policies and Emerging Labeling Requirements

In partnership with Power Integrations
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As part of EU energy strategy, targets have been set for energy efficiency for 2020 and 2030 in addition to those for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and transitioning to renewables.   The Ecodesign Directive and Energy Labeling Regulation are two policy instruments used in the EU to drive products toward higher energy efficiency.  Out of fifteen product categories requiring energy labels, five product groups are undergoing labeling reform.  The primary change relates to an aggressive re-scaling of energy efficiency classes, or grades, in order to enable consumers to make better-informed decisions and purchase more efficient products. 


For each of these five product groups, including refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines, electronic displays, and lighting, the presentation will cover upcoming changes as well as definitions and formulae used to determine respective energy efficiency classes.  In the category of electronic displays, furthermore, a deeper analysis will be provided to show how EU standards compare in stringency to those for ENERGY STAR® in the US.


Key Take-Aways


  • • Half of 2020 EU target for energy savings expected from legislative measures
  • • Ecodesign Directive and Energy Labeling Regulation create push-pull to higher energy efficiency
  • • Label reform in 2021 on five product categories aggressively re-scales grades, driving consumers toward more efficient products




David Chen – Director of Applications Engineering

Mr. David Chen joined Power Integrations in September 2015 as Director of Applications Engineering.  With twenty-five years of experience in power system design and applications, David has held senior management positions at both publicly traded and privately held companies, including Volterra (acquired by Maxim), Akros Silicon, and Jade Sky Technologies, an LED driver start-up which he co-founded.  David received both his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and is the author of two patents.

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