The policy responsibility for regulation of energy-using products has been given to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).
DECC will now be involved in negotiating and overseeing implementation of EU regulations covering a range of products that use energy – previously handled by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).
The regulations include the Ecodesign Directive for Energy Related Products, which sets minimum environmental performance standards and the Energy Labelling Directive, which sets out labelling requirements.
Prime Minister David Cameron has agreed that all of Defra’s work on energy-using products and the team responsible will transfer to DECC, effective immediately.
DECC said in a statement: “This change recognises that Defra’s work on improving the energy efficiency of energy-using products and ultimately reducing greenhouse gas emissions, fits better with the strategic objectives of the Department of Energy and Climate Change.”