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:
- The introduction of e-labelling in the case study countries responds to technological developments.
- E-labelling now covers the majority of consumer electronics products in the case study countries,
- Industry and public authorities in the case study countries agree that there are significant practical benefits linked to e-labelling.
- The e-label has enabled cost-savings for industry in product design, manufacturing and in updating compliance information.
- 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.