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Superior product standards and product labelling through better product testing: Topten Report on Dishwashers (May 2017)

 


Topten's updated Market Monitoring report shows efficiency trends for refrigerators, washing machines and tumble driers, based on sales data up to 2015 (March 2017)

 

EU institutions have agreed on new framework regulation for the Energy Label: Labels will be better understandable thanks to a clear A-G scale, and a product database will provide a better overview on the market. » More info (March 2017)

 


Most energy efficient professional and commercial cold appliances: ProCold awards the best models in 5 product categories. Selected models are 5 times more efficient than typical models (March 2017)


The European Commission proposes a binding target of 30% energy efficiency improvement by 2030 and present the long-awaited Ecodesign work plan » More info (December 2016)

Even though Ecodesign is beneficial for innovation, consumers and environment, products have been deleted from the list - over fears of bad press. » More info (November 2016)

UN warns: World on track for 3°C of warming under current global climate pledges. More ambitious emission reductions are needed. Climate talks in Marrakesh this week are an opportunity. (November 2016)


Ecodesign saves consumers up to €330 every year, a new study by ANEC and BEUC shows. With more and more ambitious requirements consumers could save even more. (November 2016)

Ecodesign is among the most successful EU energy efficiency policies. Many stakeholders demand it should move forward. » The Economist (October 2016)

In Kigali, Rwanda, global leaders agreed to phase out hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). HFCs are potent greenhouse gases and used as refrigerants. (October 2016)

The global Paris climate agreement will take effect in November! Now real action is needed to keep global temperature rise below 2°C. (October 2016)

New 4E report confirms that efficiency standards and labels are cost-effective measures to reduce CO2 emissions. (September 2016)

Some US TVs use twice as much energy as declared when exposed to real world conditions, a study by NRDC finds. Is it the same in Europe? » more information (September 2016)


Topten calculates the EEI for hundreds of products and checks declarations in online shops: read the Topten Market Surveillance Report or see » more information (August 2016)

New JRC report on energy efficiency finds lowest EU energy consumption in 2014 since 2000. (July 2016)

Topten user survey: please take a few minutes to tell us your opinion about Topten. This will allow us to make Topten more user-friendly. Thank you! (May 2016)

Topten procurement guidelines support buyers in purchasing energy efficient products and saving on energy costs. Have a look at our updated Pro page! (April 2016)

Topten Argentina has just been launched! (December 2015) » more information

In Paris governments have agreed on a long-term goal for zero net CO2 emissions to keep global warming well below an average of 2°C. (December 2015) » more information


UN climate change conference COP21: governments are discussing a new agreement in Paris. An ambitious global agreement is a need to slow down climate change. » more information (December 2015).

Topten supports the draft labelling framework regulation, but recommends to better consider energy consumption and make sure all labels with '+'-classes are rescaled (November 2015).

Support for the Commission's proposal to establish a product registration database: Topten recommendations and discussion paper (November 2015).

Topten suppresses from its list dubious car models from VW, Skoda, Seat and Audi. » more information (October 2015).

A global assessment by IEA 4E shows that Labels and MEPS can improve products by 30% and are the least cost way to reduce energy consumption. (September 2015)


Ecodesign requirements for space and water heaters enter into force this month. They will save energy eqiuvalent to 47 Fukushima power plants and can mitigate future refugee crises. » more information (September 2015)



The Commission confirms that efficient LED spots are mature and less efficient lamps can be basically banned in 2016. » more information (September 2015)

An impact assessment finds that Topten global has saved more than 15 TWh since 2006 by contributing to a higher share of energy efficient appliances. (August 2015)
Chile: first Topten launched in Latin America! (August 2015)

Watch out for the Topten presentations at the EEDAL conference in Lucerne, August 26th - 28th! (August 2015)


In its proposal for the future Energy Label the European Commission proposes an easy-to-understand A-G scale and a database for all products. » more information (July 2015)


The Final report of the Euro-Topten Max project describes how the IEE-supported project allows consumers to find the best products with a simple click in 19 European countries. (June 2015)



Our new market monitoring report shows market trends for refrigerators, washing machines and tumble driers up to 2014, based on sales data. » full report / short summary version (June 2015)


The IEE project YAECI shows: information on the yearly energy costs of products at the point of sale can help saving energy. » more information (May 2015)

The EU postpones the ban of inefficient class C halogen lamps to 2018 and misses energy savings of around 33 TWh in 10 years. » more information (April 2015)
Find out how the Topten network has supported the market transformation towards more energy-saving products in 2014 in the new Topten global annual report. (April 2015)

Have you seen the Commission's new website on energy efficient products? It's worth checking out also the infographics and information about new regulations on cooking appliances. (February 2015)


Topten ACT and ProCold: Horizon 2020 supports two projects by Topten! (February 2015) » more



Bulb Fiction: Inefficient halogen lamps are marketed as 'Eco' by major brands, the Coolproducts campaign finds. » Read more (January 2015)


Topten publishes discussion paper: Why Europe should introduce mandatory product registration with a public database for energy related products. (November 2014)



The 2014 Nobel Prize in physics has been awarded to the inventors of blue LED, which laid the foundation for more efficient and long-lasting light sources. (October 2014)


Coolproduct's infographics illustrate the benefits of Ecodesign: e.g. savings equivalent to 200 coal power stations or the creation of 800'000 jobs. (September 2014)

Germany's Ecotopten.de-Website has received a facelift! The best products can now be found in a more user-friendly way. (September 2014)

IEA report calls on governments to invest more in energy efficiency and shows: the benefits of energy efficiency go well beyond the simple scaling back of energy demand.  (September 2014)

The final results of ATLETE II are published: energy and water consumption of all tested washing machines were correctly declared, while other information was more critical. » press release (July 2014)

2013 appliance sales data from Switzerland show the importance of the Energy Label for a constant efficiency development: see Topten's analysis and the Swiss sales data. (July 2014)

Nearly 70% of the TV sales were in classes A and better in 2013. Find more results in our updated TV market monitoring report or the short Topten Focus. (July 2014)

The Topten Global Annual Report 2013 is here. Find out how Topten combats climate change by catalyzing market transformation. (July 2014)

The best new dishwasher exceeds the A+++ threshold by 40%! See our updated product lists and policy recommendations for a revised Energy Label. (June 2014)

Updated Air conditioner lists on Topten show: 1 year after the introduction of the new energy label the efficiency has improved impressively. (March 2014) » more

The winners - Europe’s very best in energy efficiency (March 2014):
Onlux LED lamp GloboLux 60 R 927
Panasonic TV TX-L39BLW6
V-Zug tumble drier Adora TSL WP
Interested in procurement of energy-efficient storage or display refrigerators? Download Topten's new recommendations for restaurants, take-aways, retail stores, hotels and others. (February 2014)

The Energy Label should be neutral regarding technologies and shapes, and give no allowances for extra functions, Topten concludes in our new policy recommendations on household refrigerators and freezers (Dec 2013).
In our policy recommendations on lighting products Topten advocates implementing the original lamp Ecodesign stage 6 and other energy saving measures (October 2013).

Several new Ecodesign and Labelling regulations have been published, notably regarding space and water heaters, vacuum cleaners, networked standby (October 2013). » more

A fruitful EEDAL conference was held in Portugal. The Topten team also had the chance to present a number of studies (September 2013). » more

Topten publishes its TV market monitoring 2007-2012, showing the developments leading to 39% class A / A+ sales in 2012. (July 2013)

Swiss appliance sales data 2004 - 2012 have been published: 100% class A driers and 56% of A+++ washing machines sales reflect a highly efficient market (July 2013).

Topten Global report Topten Global Report 2012: how Topten supports market transformation towards better energy efficiency (May 2013)

ATLETE II

The IEE-project ATLETE II has taken up compliance tests of 50 washing mashines (March 2013) » more

vacuum cleaner

The Regulatory Committee has approved the Ecodesign regulation for vacuum cleaners, including a power cap of 1600W from Sep 2014 and 900W after Sep 2017. (March 2013) » more

Water heaters

After many years of discussions the energy labelling regulations for space and water heaters have been adopted on 18 February! The ecodesign regulations for these product groups will be voted on in March. (February 2013) » more
Felix Meier Felix Meier receives the honorary membership of the Topten International Group – for his great merits for the launch and expansion of Topten worldwide (January 2013) » more
LED lamps
New Ecodesign requirements will guarantee a minimum energy efficiency and quality for directional lamps and LED lamps after September 2013 (January 2013) » more
Energy Efficiency The new status report on electricity consumption and energy efficiency trends in the EU has been published by the JRC (December 2012).
Energy Label The new Energy Label for lamps and luminaires has been adpoted:  from September 2013 also spot lamps will be labelled (December 2012) » more
Efficient product
Selecting the most energy efficient products: The new Topten manual summarizes the programme and its mechanisms (October 2012)
tumble driers The Ecodesign regulation for tumble driers has been adopted on October 3rd. It will ban the worst performing driers in 2014 (October 2012) » more
market monitoring

A systematic market monitoring is needed in the EU. Analysis of Swiss sales data shows the potential (August 2012) » more

Euro Topten report

Most of Toptens effect is achieved 'underwater' - according to the new Euro Topten report (July 2012)

 

Energy Label

Effective Energy Label: the implementation of the Label for TVs has sped up the development of efficient TVs (June 2012) » Topten Focus

 

tumble driers

Tumble driers: the Commission has adopted a new energy label. Ecodesign measures are also proposed (April 2012) » more

 

VDE

VDE institute and Topten: collaboration for improved energy efficiency and market transparency » press release (March 2012)

 

public procurement

The town of Venelles in France wins the Topten public procurement competition: see the press release (February 2012)
professional refrigeration
Proposed measures for professional refrigeration cabinets are welcome but should be more ambitious to meet expected savings (January 2012) » more
Topten game The Topten game is on in 5 countries! Be the top energy saver and win efficient prices! (December 2011) » more
A++ driers

Laundry driers: 16 models reach the A++ class of the new draft energy label.  Comments and recommendations regarding the draft regulations (November 2011)

Procura + Life-cycle costing in public procurement: win a free energy audit in the competition (November 2011)
Luminaires
Household Luminaires: Policy recommendations suggest better declaration and an energy label (September 2011)
EEDAL 2011

EEDAL 2011 in Copenhagen: Among the over 100 presentations also the Topten team presented news on Best available technology (May 2011) » more

Air conditioners

Air conditioners: The Commission adopts the new energy label (May 2011) » more
Efficient washing machines Most efficient washing machines of Europe: the new product list is online (May 2011)
Topten game

'Be the top energy saver': the Topten game has started in several countries (March 2011) » more



Efficient air conditioners

Policy recommendations for air conditioners: Topten recommends to base policy measures for air conditioners on the best available technology (January 2011). » more



Energy Labels

The new energy labels are in force: coexisting with the old label for household appliances, completely new for TVs (December 2010) » more



washing machines

New ecodesign regulations for washing machines and dishwashers ban models below class A from Dec 2011 (November 2010) » more

Topten China, Topten USA

Topten goes global
Topten Chinaand Topten USA and are online! Together with the 16 national European sites, Topten now covers areas responsible for 40% of the planet's greenhouse gas emissions. WWF press release


September 2010

heat pump driers

The Topten Focus on heat pump dryers highlights the market and policy development of the efficient technology in Europe and the USA.

energy label

The European Commission proposes a new energy label for TVs and revised energy labels for refrigerators and freezers, washing machines and dishwashers. More information.

TVs energy label

Energy label for TVs: A new proposal has been released. According to the current draft only today's best TVs are labelled 'A'. Topten recommends to adopt it soon.


July 2010

ATLETE

Currently 80 cold appliances are being tested for the ATLETE project. The project establishes methods for systematic evaluation of energy label declarations and ecodesign requirements compliance.


May 2010

Energy Label for TVs

Energy label for TVs: according to the new draft proposal only today's best TV models are labelled class A. Topten recommends its adoption.

Energy Label

The new energy label format with A+++ is adopted by the EU parliament. Within one year member states have to adopt the new Labelling Directive into national law. After that most efficient products will be labelled A+++. More information.


January 2010

Efficient appliances

Penetration of energy efficient appliances into national markets in Europe: Defra publishes study on influencing factors.

Energy Label for TVs

Topten Focus on energy label for TVs shows: many models are better than the planned class A already today.


December 2009

New energy label

New energy label with A+++: The EU council finally decided on an energy label format: additional 'Super-A' classes are added on top of the traditionally best-performing 'A'. Most efficient products are now labelled A+++. More information.

Coolproducts

The Coolproducts for a cool planet website informs about what is going on behind the scenes in the 'ecodesign of energy using products' process of the European Union.

Energy Efficiency

The Joint Research Center of the European Commission publishes the Status report 2009 on Electricity Consumption and Efficiency Trends in the European Union.