Maximising use of and valorising EPREL data through innovative applications

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Programme Category

EU Competitive Programmes

Programme Name

LIFE: ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE ACTION

Programme Description

The LIFE Programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action. The general objective of LIFE is to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental and climate policy and legislation by co-financing projects with European added value. After 22 years, €3.4 billion and 4.170 projects, the LIFE Programme continues to finance actions for the environment and climate action. For the 2021-2027 the total budget of the LIFE Programme is €5.4 billion.

Programme Details

Identifier Code

LIFE-2023-CET-EPREL

Call

Maximising use of and valorising EPREL data through innovative applications

Summary

European Product Registry for Energy Labelling (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.

Detailed Call Description

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 economic operators, to boost compliance, completeness and reliability of the data.

Policy recommendations could also be elaborated for possible improvements to EPREL (e.g. more immediate search and display functionalities), as well as options for improving the legislative framework (e.g. avoiding redundant registrations, improving transparency on markets where a product is placed, equivalence of products, etc.). Such recommendations should include structured feedback from different target user groups (e.g. consumers, public authorities, suppliers and retailers).

Call Total Budget

€2 500 000

Financing percentage by EU or other bodies / Level of Subsidy or Loan

95%

Expected maximum EU contribution: €2 500 000

Thematic Categories

  • Energy
  • Industry
  • Public Administration
  • Small-Medium Enterprises and Competitiveness

Eligibility for Participation

  • Consumer Organisations
  • International Organisations
  • Large Enterprises
  • Local Authorities
  • Private Bodies
  • Services Providers
  • Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
  • State-owned Enterprises

Eligibility For Participation Notes

In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must be legal entities (public or private bodies) established in EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs) or listed EEA countries and countries associated to the LIFE Programme (associated countries) or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature.

Policy recommendations could also be elaborated for possible improvements to EPREL- such recommendations should include structured feedback from different target user groups (e.g. consumers, public authorities, suppliers and retailers).

Proposals must be submitted by at least 3 applicants (beneficiaries; not affiliated entities) from 3 different eligible countries.

Call Opening Date

11/05/2023

Call Closing Date

16/11/2023

National Contact Point(s)

Department of Environment

Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment
www.lifecyclamen.com.cy

Contact Persons 
Marilena Papastavrou
Environment Officer, National Contact Point for Environment
Telephone: +357 22 408 926
Email: mpapastavrou@environment.moa.gov.cy

Chrystalla Papastavrou
Environment Officer, National Contact Point for Climate
Telephone: +357 22 408 962
Email: cpapastavrou@environment.moa.gov.cy

EU Contact Point

European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency

https://cinea.ec.europa.eu/life_en

https://cinea.ec.europa.eu/life_en

Contact: https://cinea.ec.europa.eu/contact-0_en