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START OF THE ANTICSS: ANTI-CIRCUMVENTION OF STANDARDS FOR BETTER MARKET SURVEILLANCE EUROPEAN PROJECT

The ANTICSS project team consists of 19 organisations from eight EU Member States. Italy represented by ENEA, Chamber of Commerce Milano Monza Brianza Lodi and IMQ


The topic of manipulated testing results or “circumvention” is currently getting a lot of public and media attention, not only for car emissions (dieselgate), but also with regard to other EU legislation. For this reason, the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme has funded the “ANTICSS – Anti-Circumvention of Standards for better market Surveillance” project. Its objectives are to define and assess “circumvention” in relation to EU Ecodesign and energy labelling legislation and their harmonised standards.

 

“By raising overall awareness of circumvention among stakeholders, ANTICSS is expected to support effective EU legislation enforcement and increase acceptance and trust of market actors, consumers and civil society specifically in the Ecodesign and energy labelling legislation”, said Kathrin Graulich, project coordinator at Oeko-Institut, Germany.

ANTICSS will collect, analyse and learn from cases of circumvention by researching the literature, dedicated expert interviews and systematic analysis of existing EU Ecodesign and energy labelling legislation and standards for possible loopholes. The potential relationship between circumvention and “smart” products with specific embedded software is also addressed.

The project will provide a clear definition of circumvention, including delimitation from other effects to facilitate the identification of circumventing habits and unambiguous technical and public communication. Further, for selected product categories, independent test laboratories will be conducting tests to assess “if” and “how much” energy consumption and/or functional performance modifications could be addressed to circumvention. Where appropriate, the project team will propose alternative test procedures or checklists, with the aim to prevent any possible circumvention as well as recommendations to overcome ambiguities and loopholes in Ecodesign and energy labelling legislation and standards.

As a result, ANTICSS will provide practical capacity building measures for market surveillance authorities and test laboratories, support communication and collaboration between major stakeholders and recommendations for policymakers and standardisation bodies to better detect and prevent future circumvention.

Coming from eight EU countries, the partners of the ANTICSS project are a total of 19 research organizations, market surveillance authorities, energy agencies, a standardization body, a university, environmental NGOs and testing laboratories. Italy represented by: Camera di Commercio, ENEA and IMQ

"Thanks to our service of Investigations for the Protection of the Public Faith, we carry out controls in a way that protects the correct company in compliance with the rules and intervenes in the case of illegal behavior. An action we carry out every day together with the Ministry of Economic Development, laboratories and technical bodies. The Chamber of Commerce is also equipped with its own laboratories of the company Innovhub - SSI. We are for a transparent and efficient market, close to the needs of businesses and consumers. In this case, it is an action which, among other things, has important positive implications for the saving of natural resources, in favor of a better environment ", underlines Beatrice Zanolini, director of the Milan Chamber of Commerce, Monza Brianza Lodi.

"The ANTICSS project will allow us to develop a strategy able to identify and prevent the circumvention. This means that it will be possible to evaluate 'if' and 'how much' energy consumption and / or lower functional performance could be attributed to deceptive behaviors, thus protecting consumers and strengthening the credibility of Community legislation. Eliminating ambiguities in energy labeling, thanks to eco-design, will also ensure a level playing field for economic players in the market ", explains Milena Presutto, ENEA researcher at the Unit for Energy Efficiency.

"ENEA and the Chamber of Commerce are realities with which we have been collaborating profitably for some time and with whom we share goals and values. Also for this new project we foresee significant results: in terms of protection from market distortions, transparency, enhancement of virtuous realities and more generally of the European market, with returns in terms of the environment but also of commercial competitiveness. As IMQ we will bring our experience in testing activities to allow quantitative assessments but above all to help identify alternative test procedures or control systems that in the future will prevent any falsification of the measurements made, "says Stefano Ferrari of IMQ.

 



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