Topten is a consumer-oriented online search tool, which presents the best appliances in various product categories. The key criteria are energy efficiency, impact on the environment, health and quality. As a communication tool it helps to show how our energy consumption causes climate change and what we can do personally to reduce our impact. It is also a powerful instrument to influence manufacturers.
Topten was launched in 2000 in Switzerland. Since then, sixteen additional European national Topten sites have been established, thanks to the European IEE-projects Euro-Topten, Euro-Topten Plus and the current project Euro-Topten Max (Intelligent Energy Europe). Each Topten website provides a selection of best appliances from the energy point of view. More information can be found on the fact sheet, the EEDAL paper on Topten (May 2011) and the manual 'Selecting the most energy efficient products' (October 2012).
Until today, Topten has been concentrating on technical issues in order to raise consumer awareness on potential energy savings. Thanks to its growth, it can now consolidate its political impact by establishing "Best of Europe". This concept identifies the most energy efficient products in Europe, stating countries where they are marketed. It makes explicit and transparent the status quo of efficient technologies on the European market and can thus serve as the European reference on energy efficiency to further negotiate with government and manufacturers. Thanks to professional dissemination activities, this Topten reference can be used as a basis for environmental policy design, labelling strategies, dissemination programmes, minimum efficiency requirements and specifications for multinational buyers. Manufacturers are thinking worldwide: "Best of Europe" and the Topten International Group association offer the opportunity to coordinate a common understanding and empower decision makers to launch new initiatives promoting efficient products.
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Topten International Group