Energy efficiency information at your fingertips

Digi-Label is a three year project, running from April 2016 to March 2019, co-funded by the European Union Horizon 2020 programme. The overall aim of the project is to make the EU Energy Label easier to understand and more readily available in-store and online. It will do this by developing digital tools that give consumers more and better data on the energy consumption of appliances and air conditioning, and by making comparisons between appliances possible. This information will be made accessible at the point of purchase in partnership with retailers and manufacturers, both in-store and online.

The project is organised into seven work packages:

  1. Assessing principles for communicating energy efficiency product information and content;
  2. Designing the software solution to enable the Digi-Label concept (i.e., “PocketWatt”);
  3. Conducting retail pilots in Spain and the UK;
  4. Refining the Digi-Label solution and then rolling out the concepts across multiple retailers and manufacturers in five Member States;
  5. Evaluating the impacts of the pilot and rollout activities and overall project;
  6. Disseminating the results from each stage to the key audience groups such as manufacturers, retailers and consumer groups; and
  7. Taking the learnings from the deployment of digital solutions and conveying these to EC policy makers to help the future development of the energy label.

The new digital tools - branded as PocketWatt - being developed by the team will be piloted initially in Spain and the United Kingdom, together with ways to engage both customers and retailers. The refined tools and approach will then be rolled out in five member states: the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom. In each country, the aim is to partner with retailers who, combined, have a significant market share of sales.

The pilot projects in Spain and the United Kingdom focused on two popular domestic appliances: refrigeration products (i.e., refrigerators, freezers and refrigerator-freezers) and washing machines. Additional appliances, including clothes dryers, dishwashers and air conditioners, will be included in the broader five-country roll out.

The pilots completed in May 2017 and the broader five-country roll out is taking place over the fourth quarter of 2017. 

Energy Saving Trust

Established in 1992, the Energy Saving Trust (EST) is a social enterprise with a charitable Foundation. EST has significant experience in managing sustainable energy related programmes providing advice, support, technical consultancy and grants for individuals, communities, industry sectors, local authorities, housing associations, academia, business and government. We manage major contracts and projects for UK Government departments, the Scottish Government, the Welsh Assembly Government, the EU and the private sector. EST is a leading organisation involved in Eco-labelling and Eco-Design. Our vast experience in product policy legislation, product performance requirements, testing requirements, energy use and market surveillance and testing has enabled us to successfully deliver Eco-Labelling and Eco-Design programmes both in the UK and Internationally.

In the UK, the EST provides product standard setting, product verification and product listings for appliances and consumer electronics, working with manufacturers, retailers and trade associations to accelerate market transformation through informed consumer decision making. We have delivered in-store retailer labelling inspections and UKAS Accredited product conformity testing programmes since 2004 under the Energy Saving Trust’s “Recommended” voluntary product certification scheme for domestic energy saving products and delivered Green Deal (UK Government’s flagship policy) accreditation for installers. Internationally we have developed and delivered product certification and testing schemes: Marketwatch, ComplianTV and PremiumLight. We have dealt with energy efficiency regulations in North America, Asia Pacific, Brazil and Australia. We have provided consultancy on the development of eco-labelling and market surveillance in Armenia, Ukraine and Turkey – where we worked with the United Nations Development Programme to establish energy efficiency appliance policy and a robust market surveillance regime.

Digi-Label Project Role:

The EST serves as the Project Coordinator and the Lead for the pilot projects, bringing its extensive experience and expertise in the field of energy labelling and ecodesign, as well as its experience and expertise in successfully coordinating and delivering similar EU funded projects. The EST is also the Digi-Label national delivery partner for the UK.

For more information about the EST, please visit our web site: http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/business/product-performance


The European Environmental Citizen’s Organisation for Standardization (ECOS) defends the environmental interests in the standards development process at the European and international levels. In particular, we contribute to the evaluation of standardisation needs and the standards’ development or revision process through providing legal and technical expertise. ECOS particularly focuses on standards developed to support European environmental legislation and policies.

With the support of over 40 environmental NGOs across Europe as members, ECOS is the only environmental organisation worldwide specialised in standardisation and technical product policies.

Digi-Label Project Role:

ECOS are work package leaders for the task developing digital solutions. Additionally, ECOS will support the development of the project at further stages of its role out and development.

For more information about ECOS, please visit our web site: http://ecostandard.org/?p=3252


The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) is the largest federation of environmental citizens’ organisations in Europe. It currently consists of over 150 member organisations in more than 30 countries, including a growing number of European networks, and represents some 15 million individual members and supporters. The EEB focuses on a vast array of environmental issues and works with experts, scientists, member organisations and politicians to secure a healthy environment and rich biodiversity for all.

Digi-Label Project Role:

The European Environmental Bureau provides communications support for the Digi-Label project, including working with the media, managing the project website and social media accounts and managing project branding. The organisation writes the bi-monthly Digi-Label newsletter, liaises with the press to encourage coverage of the Digi-Label project’s goals and handles media enquiries.

For more information about EEB please visit our web site: www.eeb.org


The Energy Efficiency Center, Prague, is a not-for-profit consultancy organisation that has been operating in the Czech Republic since 1990. SEVEn´s mission is to protect the environment and support economic development by encouraging more efficient use of energy and also focuses on business development and economic and efficient energy use consultancy services. When solving the issues of projects, SEVEn uses its extensive knowledge of the transforming Central European economics together with the experience and approach of EU countries and the USA.

SEVEn has over fifteen years of direct projects related work experience in the field of energy labelling and appliance/product efficiency. This experience includes undertaking domestic and international projects, involving stakeholders and partners (surveillance authority, energy utilities, manufacturers, retailers, consumers, environmental NGOs, educational institutions); and European and specifically Central European projects focussing on energy labelling. In the area of lighting, household appliances and energy labels, SEVEn has been active in the promotion of energy efficient products and light sources and the efficiency aspects of their proper usage since the early stages of the energy label’s legislation market penetration in the Czech Republic. SEVEn participates in a wide range of projects with a focus on product testing, on building consumer awareness, green public procurement, implementation of the relevant energy efficiency legislation, etc.

Digi-Label Project Role:

As a project partner SEVEn brings its experience and expertise to the project primarily by leading on reviewing energy efficiency product content and information –digital tool development. SEVEn’s key role is not only to be the national delivery partner in the Czech Republic, but also to coordinate the wider rollout of the retailer implementation of the Digi-Label tool in Germany, Italy and the Czech Republic.

For more information about SEVEn please visit our web site: http://www.svn.cz/en/our-activities/energy-efficient-lighting-and-appliance-labelling

Fraunhofer ISI

The Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI analyses the origins and impacts of innovations. We research the short- and long-term developments of innovation processes and the impacts of new technologies and services on society. On this basis, we are able to provide our clients from industry, politics and science with recommendations for action and perspectives for key decisions. Our expertise is founded on our scientific competence as well as an interdisciplinary and systemic research approach.

Its Competence Center - Energy Technology and Energy Systems - contributes towards developing new technologies for a sustainable energy system. The efficient use of energy is a key strategy to satisfy energy demand in an environment- and resource-saving way. The rational use of energy can contribute to strengthening the competitive position of industrial locations and the export-oriented capital goods industry. In the coming decades, great market opportunities for energy services will open up in domestic and international markets. We design and evaluate instruments for a more rapid development and diffusion of sustainable, innovative energy technologies as well as strategies for research and development. Our analytical work on the impacts of an increased utilization of energy-efficient and renewable technologies on employment, income, the economic structure and the environment help decision-makers in the practical design of effective policy instruments. In addition, we advise our national and international clients from the public and private sector on the introduction of future-oriented technological, economic and institutional innovations.

Digi-Label Project Role:

The Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI is leading on Evaluation. This work package focuses on the evaluation of the project outcomes, however, it is conceptualised as an integrated evaluation. This means that the aim of this task is twofold; on the one hand it assembles the evaluation activities with regard to project results. This includes gathering relevant data in order to critically assess project impact as well as future impact after project lifetime. On the other hand evaluation results will also be used to improve ongoing project work by ensuring that project outputs are developed and constantly improved according to customer needs.

For more information about Fraunhofer ISI please visit our web site: http://www.isi.fraunhofer.de/isi-de/index.php


An independent, non-profit organisation, CLASP improves the environmental and energy performance of the appliances and related systems we use every day, lessening their impacts on people and the world around us. CLASP develops and shares practical and transformative policy and market solutions in collaboration with global experts and local stakeholders. We are the leading international resource and voice for energy efficiency standards and labels (S&L) for appliances, lighting, and equipment. Since 1999, CLASP has worked in over 50 countries on 6 continents pursuing every aspect of appliance energy efficiency, from helping structure new policies to evaluating existing programs.

Digi-Label Project Role:

CLASP leads on stakeholder engagement and dissemination in the project - reaching out to and informing European policy-makers, stakeholders and partners. CLASP is serving as secretariat for the Partners Roundtable [hyperlink to the Partners Roundtable webpage]. CLASP collaborates with all of the Digi-Label project team, participating in the development of reports, presentations and communications that will offer constructive input to the policy-making process and review of a digital label in Europe.

For more information about CLASP please visit our web site: www.clasp.ngo


Eliante is an Italian non-profit organisation working to promote environmental sustainability. Its main focus is environmental education; in particular, Eliante carries out projects in order to raise awareness about energy saving, biodiversity preservation and sustainable lifestyles.

Digi-Label Project Role:

Eliante is the national delivery partner in Italy - involving all the relevant stakeholders (in particular retailers and manufacturers) and rolling out the tool developed by the project.

For more information about Eliante please visit our web site: http://eliante.it/?lang=en


Escan, s.l. is a Spanish SME specialising in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Established in Madrid in 1986, it focuses its activities at both national and international level and it is independent from industrial groups and equipment suppliers.

Escan, s.l. has developed technical advice and methodologies required by public institutions and the private companies, to help them achieve their aims of energetic and environmental advancement.

Escan, s.l. promotes the use of new technologies and takes an active role in technological development and innovation projects, along with the promotion of new systems in the market.

Escan participates in studies and projects on equipment labelling and energy databases, energy audits, energy management, smart cities demand side management and smart metering. They also provide professional training programmes, such as the European Energy Manager Course.

Digi-Label Project Role:

Escan will design and implement one of pilot projects. Escan is also the national delivery partner in Spain and rolling out the tool developed by the project, involving as many retailer and manufacturers as possible.

For more information about the Escan please visit our web site: http://www.escansa.com/


The Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband (vzbv) is the umbrella organisation of 41 consumer organisations – a consumer policy network with more than twenty million members. It represents the interests of consumers vis-à-vis politicians and policy-makers, the private sector and in public. Vzbv’s goal is to protect and empower consumers. As independent voice of consumers the vzbv is a consultant and pacesetter in the field of consumer policy. It bundles and coordinates the consumer-policy work of its member associations. Through its further education programmes and its uniform consultation standards and consumer information it ensures that high-quality and reliable information is available to consumers throughout Germany.

Digi-Label Project Role:

As a measure against high energy bills and an instrument of consumer information, Energy Labelling and Ecodesign are important areas for consumers. vzbv has followed the process on EU – as well as on national – level ever since the idea of legislation on minimum-standards and labelling came up. Taking the energy label to the digital world and exploring its advantages for individuals and thus creating reliable and better consumer information is an interesting idea for vzbv. vzbv will provide data and information on consumer understanding within the project to ensure that the information provided is of additional value for consumers.

For more information about the vzbz please visit our web site: www.vzbv.de


adelphi research gemeinnützige GmbH was founded 2001 in Berlin as a non-profit international think tank and public policy consultancy for applied sustainability science and policy analysis. adelphi carries out research projects and offers strategic advice on environmental, development and social policies and processes including in energy efficiency.

Through lectures, publications and educational activities we provide a broad audience with knowledge in the field of nature, environment and resource protection, and development cooperation. Newsletters on a variety of environmental and development issues, as well as information platforms and exhibitions complement this range of knowledge.

With our practical projects and concrete proposals for action adelphi research makes a significant contribution to promoting environmental and social development, poverty reduction, peace building, as well as economic, political and social participation in developing and emerging economies. adelphi´s more than 100 clients include the European Commission, international organisations, governments, public institutions, corporations and associations.

Digi-Label Project Role:

adelphi is the national delivery partner for Germany, which includes working with German retailers to deploy the digital solutions developed in the project. Further tasks include support for the evaluations of the digital solutions and the overall analysis (synthesis) of the project rollout.

For more information about adelphi please visit our web site: www.adelphi.de or http://www.adelphi.de/en

Solstice Associates Ltd

Solstice is a multidisciplinary software consultancy providing leading web solutions for Government, Private and Third Sector programmes. Established in 1999, we have designed, developed and maintained a diverse range of bespoke online tools, applications, information resources and data management solutions. We specialise in supporting resource efficiency programmes and have a proven track record of delivering successful solutions for clients across all major sectors including Health, Schools, Higher Education, Construction, Housing, Transport, Retail, Hospitality, Manufacturing and Communities. Our project teams include analysts, software developers, graphic designers, data architects and technical liaison specialists to ensure a complete and transparent software engineering service for our clients.

Digi-Label Project Role:

As Director of Services at Solstice, David is responsible for overall delivery of the database, web resource and mobile app being developed to support the project. Within this role David will lead requirements gathering and manage all elements of solution delivery, working with partners and stakeholders as technical liaison during design, development and roll-out.

For more information about Solstice please visit our web site: http://www.solstice.eu.com



Published deliverables from the project are available in the Publications section.

The project team are being guided by experts via our Partners Roundtable.