Austrian shop visits have now begun through our national partner Global 2000. Five built up areas across the country are being checked in this first round. We are expecting shops in the capital to do well, but stores in Salzburg, Linz and smaller towns are less predictable.
Our Portuguese national partner Quercus will begin inspections this week, visiting mainly DIY stores and larger supermarkets to check whether energy labels are in order.
Starting today and ongoing over the next six weeks our German partners VZBV and BUND will be visiting kitchen studios and electronic retailers in five länders, starting in Berlin. Furniture showrooms have a weak track history when examined in other projects, but will German showrooms be different? We’ll find out.
Ten shops have been selected, mainly large supermarkets where use of labels is thought to be used to a lesser degree. If substantial lack of information is found, firms will be contacted. We are also collecting catalogues and product ads, where energy class details should be present.
Italian shop visits got underway this weekend to see if energy labels are being displayed correctly. The first round of inspections will last roughly six weeks in a number of urban centres.
While others are doing Christmas shopping, the Danish Consumer Council and the Danish Ecological Council started market surveillance activities yesterday, as part of the Market Watch project, by checking products in an electronics store in Copenhagen. Several hundred products were checked for non-compliance and, even though the shop had obviously done a lot to label correctly, there was still a lot of products failing to comply with energy label and ecodesign regulations.