European Groups Urge Progress in Window Labeling

December 14, 2012

Glass for Europe, the association of Europe’s flat glass manufacturers, and EuroWindoor, the association of the fenestration industry in Europe, have issued a statement welcoming the publication by the European Commission of the second Ecodesign working plan. Specifically, the two groups are expressing satisfaction that the new plan recognizes the energy saving potential of windows and places them on the priority list of  products to consider for energy labeling.

"Right from the start of debates on energy related products, windows were mentioned by many stakeholders as an obvious candidate product for energy labeling," says Frank Koos, EuroWindoor's secretary general. "This has been confirmed several times, including in the 2011 energy efficiency plan of the European Commission and, at last, windows find their place in a European Commission work plan."

"Although this should have come earlier, it is positive news and our two associations stand ready to work with the European Commission to design a powerful labeling instrument that will help realize the energy efficiency potential of windows," adds Bertrand Cazes, Glass for Europe's secretary general.

Glass for Europe and EuroWindoor are calling on the European Commission to launch, without delay, a preparatory study to identify the best suited policy instrument and to start designing the energy balance equation that should underpin the EU labeling scheme.