22.05.20

Funded projects

Euroconsumers is constantly exploiting funding opportunities in line with its mission and priorities to diversify revenues, mainly through research, innovation and partnerships. Until now, we already impacted all of our Local Organizations (Test-Achats/ Test-aankoop, Ocu, Altroconsumo and Deco Proteste).

Cross-action

BELT

Boost Energy Label Take up is a project funded by EU Horizon 2020 program which aims to promote the uptake of more efficient energy-related products.

The BELT project has the following three main goals:

  • to facilitate the transition period to the new rescaled label, informing and training all principal stakeholders and market actors;

  • to stimulate consumers to choose better energy performing products;

  • to stimulate manufacturers to research and to further improve their products, thus, stimulating innovation and investment.

Expected outcomes:

Thanks to BELT, the transition process to the new rescaled label will be more easily performed providing training and technical guidance to manufacturers, distributors and retailers. Confusion and errors among consumers and public and business procurement staff will be avoided through clear, bespoke and targeted communication campaigns.

BELT will create targeted communication campaigns for all stakeholders, it will organise workshops and events and it will develop training activities. The excellence of BELT stems from its multidisciplinary expertise and geographical coverage, being able to reach 20 million European stakeholders and 4.400 market actors.

For more information visit: https://www.belt-project.eu/

MILE21

Three of Euroconsumers' members, Test Achats/Test Aankoop (BE), Altroconsumo (IT) and OCU (ES) are participating in MILE21 (More Information Less Emissions), an EU project funded by the Life+programme. The purpose of MILE21 is ‘Empowering Consumers for a Greener 21st Century’. The three-year project aims to inform consumers about the fuel consumption and tailpipe emissions of cars by providing an online tool that compares automobiles across the market. Ultimately, MILE21’s ambition is nudge consumer behaviour, which in turn would force car manufacturers to increase the production of green cars. The platform will also allow users to keep track of their own fuel use. Because of the direct involvement of consumers, as well as the vehicle tests carried out on the road, MILE21 will also contribute to the collection of robust large-scale monitoring data. MILE21 will thereby support voluntary contribution to the collection of real-world fuel consumption data.

Expected outcomes:

Compile detailed information on cars’ fuel consumption and tailpipe emission

Develop a tool to compare real-world fuel consumption values of new and older car models sold in the EU

Provide drivers with a tool to monitor their cars’ fuel consumption and encourage them to make their real-world figures available to the public.

Support voluntary contributions to the collection of real-world fuel consumption data.

For more information visit: MILE21

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PROMPT

Two Euroconsumers’ members, OCU and Test Achats/Test Aankoop, are participating in PROMPT, a Horizon 2020 project to tackle the premature obsolescence of goods. In the last decade premature obsolescence has generated a considerable amount of waste. Electrical and electronic equipment waste is considered in the EU to be one of the fastest growing waste streams straining not only the environment but also consumers budgets.

At the core of the PROMPT project is the development of an independent testing program to support the assessment of the longevity of consumer projects when they are put out in the market. PROMPT aims at boosting durable design, providing access to repair services, upgrades and disassembly options. Furthermore, it intends to help reduce resource depletion, prevent waste generation and mitigate associated societal and environmental impacts.

Expected outcomes:

Establish an independent testing programme for premature obsolescence for four EEE product groups

Contribute to the assessment of the longevity of consumer products when they are put on the market.

Assist the ongoing and future standardisation efforts

Support voluntary contributions to the collection of real-world fuel consumption data.

Provide designers and policymakers with recommendations on improving durability and reparability of products, empower consumers to make informed choices.

For more information visit: PROMPT