In 2018, the Mobile & Wireless Forum and Digital Europe commissioned Valdani, Vicari & Associati (VVA) in Brussels a study into e-labelling schemes outside of the European Union. The intention was to learn about the characteristics benefits and impacts e-labelling schemes in different countries had with a view to presenting this information to policy makers in the EU.

VVA completed the attached combined case study looking at the operation of e-labelling schemes within the United States, Australia and Singapore for a range of ICT products, including telephony (fixed and mobile phones), computing (including PCs, laptops, tablets and ancillary products) and TV/radio/multimedia products. These three categories represents 60% of the consumer electronic market.

Key findings from the study include:

  1. The introduction of e-labelling in the case study countries responds to technological developments.
  2. E-labelling now covers the majority of consumer electronics products in the case study countries,
  3. Industry and public authorities in the case study countries agree that there are significant practical benefits linked to e-labelling.
  4. The e-label has enabled cost-savings for industry in product design, manufacturing and in updating compliance information.
  5. E-labelling does not have any adverse impacts on other types of stakeholders including market surveillance authorities, customs agencies and consumers in the three countries under analysis.

To learn more about e-labelling in these countries as well as how it could benefit the European Union, download the case study.