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Transfer of Energy-Using Products work to DECC

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Policy responsibility for regulation of energy-using products will transfer from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

It was announced today that policy responsibility for regulation of energy-using products will transfer from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

The work involves negotiating and overseeing implementation of EU regulations covering a range of products that consume energy. This includes:

  • the Ecodesign Directive for Energy Related Products, which sets minimum environmental performance standards, and
  • the Energy Labelling Directive which sets out labelling requirements

The Prime Minister has agreed that Defra’s work on energy-using products, and the team responsible, will transfer to DECC under a machinery of government change, with effect from 3 March.

Real progress has been made in reducing greenhouse emissions from common household products and making them more energy efficient. This change recognises that Defra’s work on improving the energy efficiency of energy-using products and ultimately reducing greenhouse gas emissions, fits better with the strategic objectives of the Department of Energy and Climate Change.