LIFE is the EU’s funding programme dedicated to the environment and climate action.
This call aim to maximise use of European Product Registry for Energy Labelling data.
Since April 2022, products with an energy label can be publicly consulted in the European Product Registry for Energy Labelling (EPREL). EPREL provides information on products placed on the market and their energy labels, as well as information on other aspects than a product’s energy use (e.g. water consumption, availability of spare parts), with over 1.5 million models estimated to have been registered. This significant and increasing amount of data represents a dual challenge: on the one hand, it necessitates a systematic quality check for it to serve its intended purpose, while on the other it is a significant resource that should be further valorised.
To address this, the proposed action should cover one or more of the following areas:
1. Systematically checking and improving EPREL data (e.g. plausibility check of data not used to determine the energy classes, such as noise and water use, missing information), and reporting issues identified (e.g. errors in label/product parameters values, wrong/missing supplier contact), including via the EPREL’s missing or erroneous model reporting features (“missing model” reporting feature expected to be implemented in 2023).
2. Promoting further EPREL’s use as well as its innovative utilisation for new applications (e.g. assessing the highest, significantly populated efficiency class for Green Public Procurement, setting reduced VAT or other subsidies, assessing savings for energy saving obligations, assessing a dwelling’s overall appliance efficiency, multivariate data analysis supporting policy making etc.). These activities should complement EPREL with additional data, such as Global Trade Item Number (GTIN) identifier etc., including key information for consumers (e.g. retail prices, availability/points of sale etc.), allowing an easier retrieval of models, by developing new user-friendly tools/ services or combining such data with existing software e.g. shopping/price comparison applications using an Application Programming Interface (API).
3. Crowd-sourced compliance control of the publicly available data, with input from consumers and econom
In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must be legal entities (public or private bodies) and be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:
Proposals must be submitted by at least 3 applicants (beneficiaries; not affiliated entities) from 3 different eligible countries.
The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of up to EUR 2.5 million would allow the specific objectives to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.