Eco-Design and Labeling Ensures Energy Savings

Reference: The Danish Energy Agency

How do you get manufacturers, suppliers and retailers to comply with EU requirements for eco-design and energy labeling of products? With effective market surveillance. Viegand Maagøe has assisted the Danish Energy Agency in developing supervisory procedures and perform market surveillance.

How we completed the assignment

The EU sets certain requirements for products placed on the Danish market and the EU. If these requirements are not met, consumers will receive less energy-efficient products and in the end a larger energy bill. Therefore, products that do not comply must not be placed on the market in the EU.

With our extensive knowledge on products and legislation, Viegand Maagøe contributed in the development and implementation of an effective market surveillance in Denmark under the Danish Energy Agency’s Secretariat for Eco-design and Energy Labeling of Products.

Our contribution:

  • Development of supervisory procedures and methods for Danish supervisory work regarding eco-design and energy labeling
  • Establishment, maintenance and development of the supervisory database of the secretariat
  • Development of technical documentation guidelines for manufacturers
  • Evaluation of technical documentation from manufacturers
  • Selection of products for control (technical documentation / laboratory measurements)
  • Technical assistance in evaluating test reports
  • Interpretation of and information on legislation
  • Development of guidelines for manufacturers and importers
  • Updating and maintenance of the Danish Energy Agency’s website on eco-design and energy labeling, including overviews of legislation and standards, FAQs, etc.
  • Quality assurance and reporting.
The Danish Energy Agency

Reference: The Danish Energy Agency

Contract period: 2011 – 2019


Due to eco-design and energy labeling, energy savings cannot reach their full potential without market surveillance.

Our contribution has helped to ensure that more manufacturers and importers comply with eco-design and energy labeling requirements.

Need for market surveillance

In 2018, errors were found in:

20 % of products according to eco-design requirements

25 % of products according to energy labeling requirements

30 % of products’ technical documentation.

As a result of the supervision, several non-compliant products have been changed or withdrawn from the market. The supervision has also ensured that energy labeling becomes more accurate and thus more credible.

Global Goals

The project contributes to several of the 17 UN Global Goals:

SDG 12 ‘Responsible consumption and production’
Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.

SDG 13 ‘Climate action’
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.


Do you want to know more about the project and what we can do for you? Please, contact us.

Annette Gydesen

Chief Adviser, MSc in Engineering

Mobil: +45 31 75 17 06

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