Supervision of Eco Design and Energy 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 have assisted the Danish Energy Agency in developing supervisory procedures and perform market surveillance.

How we solved the task

The EU sets certain requirements on products placed on the market in Denmark 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 Ecodesign and Energy Labeling of Products.

Our contribution:

  • Development of supervisory procedures and methods for Danish supervisory work regarding ecodesign and energy labeling
  • Establishment, maintenance and development of 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 ecodesign 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


Without market surveillance, the full extent of the energy saving potential, due to ecodesign and energy labeling, cannot be realized.

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

Need for marked 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As a result of the supervision, several non-compliant products have been changed or withdrawn from the market.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 also ensures that energy classes become more credible.

Global Goals

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


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

Peter Skov Hansen

Adviser, MSc in Engineering

Mobil: +45 60 29 78 01

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