Energy-efficient lighting and appliance labelling
One of the reasons that energy consumption in homes, the service sector and municipalities has been increasing is due to the growing presence of various types of appliances and the rising number of light points. SEVEn organizes a range of activities to increase the energy efficiency of appliances and reduce the long-term total energy consumption of these appliances:
- Compiling energy audits for light sources in buildings and for public lighting
In the area of lighting, we are witnessing significant technological and legislative changes that will usher in the changing of present light sources for new types with new parameters and characteristics in households, buildings and public lighting systems. SEVEn organises general education projects for the wider public (articles and publications), as well as technical projects assessing the energy efficiency and economic returns of specific buildings and sites (energy audits, feasibility studies, selecting suppliers) (see the PremiumLight, ESOLI, Prague Marriott Hotel and other projects)
- Cooperation with the market surveillance authorities in the area of energy labelling and eco-design
Nationally, SEVEn organises projects in which it monitors the correct availability of energy labels in sales outlets; on the international level, it participates in projects testing specific appliances to compare their energy consumption with the claims of producers as printed on the labels (see the Come On Labels, ATLETE, ATLETE II, PremiumLight and other projects).
- Market surveying and conceptual choice of the most energy efficient appliances on the market
- Thanks to long-term monitoring of the market in the area of energy labels, SEVEn is active in the development of criteria for selecting the most energy-efficient products on the market in the CR (see the Euro Topten MAX project). For a long time, SEVEn has organised a series of activities in which it informs and educates consumers on how to reduce their energy consumption by purchasing energy-efficient models based on their energy labelling and maintaining their proper operation. Such work involves a series of publications, articles, presentations, etc., where the target groups are both end consumers and institutions in terms of bulk green purchases (see the BuySmart+, YAECI, the Green for Savings Partnership and other projects).
- International activities in the area of reducing the energy consumption of appliances and light sources
SEVEn is active not only in promoting energy labelling and energy-efficient appliances and light sources in the Czech Republic, but also abroad, both in EU countries and in the region of Central and Eastern Europe. Since 2009, SEVEn representatives have been participating in projects and presentations in Armenia, Belarus, China, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova and Ukraine, and at the same time it has directly coordinated projects with partners in 13 EU countries. (see the Come On Labels, ESIB and other projects)
Come On Labels – Energy labelling of household appliances
Since 2011, new energy labels based on the amended European legislation have been used for some categories of home appliance products sold in electrical appliances shops. Therefore, in 2010, SEVEn, as a coordinator, launched an international project involving partners from some 13 European countries, which aimed to promote good systematization of energy labelling – from advertising to consumers through the exchange of information about the tests of products to checks of correct labelling in shops. SEVEn cooperates on the local and international level with government agencies responsible for the monitoring of labelling, manufacturers and retailers of electrical appliances, consumer organizations, media representatives and energy suppliers. The outcomes of the projects can be found at www.come-on-labels.eu.
PremiumLight – qualitative aspects of energy-saving light sources
The general public is aware of the gradual phase-out of ordinary light bulbs from the market in the CR and elsewhere in the EU. Unlike ordinary light bulbs, other more energy efficient light sources, such as fluorescent tubes and compact LED bulbs, have different quality parameters – from lifespan and colour to the number of switching cycles. The PremiumLight project focuses on the quality control of light sources that declare the highest quality criteria on their packaging. Part of the project is to test the quality of certain light sources, including models available on the market in the CR, as well as to educate the general public about the options for selecting high-quality light sources, which not only meet the requirements on energy saving, but also on high-quality interior lighting.
Euro TopTen MAX – the most energy-efficient products
Electricity consumption in households is growing due to the increasing use of electrical appliances, even if these new appliances are often more efficient than the ones they replace. However, in many categories of appliances, energy class A no longer represents the best of what is available in shops. Therefore, in 2006 the European Euro TopTen project was formed. Its aim and main activity was to create and regularly update a non-commercial database of specific products that meet the most stringent standards for energy and water consumption. This database, regularly updated, is available on the website www.uspornespotrebice.cz and is promoted through information and educational materials, articles and publications.
The project will be active in the Czech Republic until at least 2014. www.uspornespotrebice.cz