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Mandatory European Requirements
Directive 2009/125/EC, also known as the EcoDesign Directive, is the primary regulatory instrument in the EU regarding all energy-using products, including lighting products. The EcoDesign Directive establishes a broad framework for the development of product-specific design requirements, with the goal of reducing overall energy consumption within the EU.
The regulatory framework detailed in the EcoDesign Directive is complemented by a second EU Directive, 2010/30/EU, known as the Energy Label Directive. Similar in approach to the EcoDesign Directive, the Energy Label Directive provides a framework for requirements regarding labeling and other means of providing end-users with product-specific energy consumption information.
Voluntary Energy Efficiency Programs in the European Union
In addition to the EcoDesign and Energy Label Directives, there are a number of voluntary programs within the EU intended to increase the use of energy-efficient lighting products and reduce overall energy consumption. These voluntary programs include the Ecolabel Program, a voluntary product certification scheme recognized throughout the EU. The goal of the program is to assist consumers in identifying products that achieve the highest levels of energy efficiency (typically the top 20% of products in a given category).
In the Green Public Procurment Program the EU Commission has also encouraged the selection of environmentally-preferable products, including lighting products, in the public procurement process of EU member states.
And specific to the U.K the Energy Saving Trust (EST) operates a voluntary product certification scheme for energy-saving products in a variety of categories. Lighting products that fall under the scope of the EST scheme include compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), halogen bulbs and LED lamps and luminaries.
Australia and New Zealand
Regulators in Australia and New Zealand have established common minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) and labeling requirements for multiple categories of energy-using equipment, including lighting products.
Manufacturers, importers and suppliers of energy-using products that are regulated for their energy efficiency are required to verify the energy performance of their product through product testing, and to register their product and must be in possession of a full energy performance laboratory test report, and may be required to submit this report in conjunction with the registration process.
Energy Efficient Lighting Requirements in Korea
In Korea, the Ministry of Knowledge Economy (MKE), in partnership with the Korea Energy Management Corporation (KEMCO), has established an energy efficiency label and standard program for a range of energy-using products. Individual product standards set mandatory MEPs for incandescent bulbs (Korean Standard C 7501), fluorescent lamps (Korean Standard C7601), and fluorescent lamp ballasts (Korean Standards C 8100 and C8102). Compliance with mandatory MEPs is validated through product testing, and lighting products are graded on a scale from 1 to 5, with 1 being the most energy efficient. An energy efficiency label indicating a product’s energy consumption grade must be placed on the product, or on the product packaging if product labeling is not feasible.
Japan’s Top Runner Program for Energy-Using Products
Japan’s Top Runner program for energy-using products is a voluntary program organized and operated by Agency for Natural Resources and Energy under Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). In the area of lighting products, the Top Runner program currently sets target efficiency values for fluorescent lamps and luminaries. Similar to the U.S. ENERGY STAR program, Japan’s Top Runner program evaluates products against a maximum standard value system, which sets targets based on the value of the most energy-efficient products then on the market.