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Energy Labelling Surveillance System attracts formal praise from the European Expert group on Energy Labelling Administrative Cooperation

Posted on Jun 25, 2018

Energy Labelling Surveillance System attracts formal praise from the European Expert group on Energy Labelling Administrative Cooperation


The Administrative Cooperation for Market Surveillance Group for the Energy Labelling Directive 2010/30/EU is a group for aiding market surveillance authorities to exchange experiences, co-operate in testing of products, publish test results and discuss any matter related to market surveillance practices for a better implementation of the Directive.

Ireland is represented within the group by Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources. In 2016 Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) was assigned the market surveillance function from the Department and now runs Irelands Market Surveillance Programme which helps to increase awareness and confidence in sustainable energy technologies, practices and behaviours.

Later in 2018, SEAI are expected to become the Market Surveillance Authority (MSA) overseeing all market surveillance of the EU Energy Labelling Directive and local regulations. This will give the authority additional powers of enforcement.

This year SEAI’s project team which included the ELS Policy Unit and pioneering members of the IT team, including Kevin Darmody, Business Systems Programme Manager with SEAI pioneered a new platform for the systemisation of energy labelling inspections and reporting with the support of the OpenSky Data GovTech team.

The purpose of the project was to provide SEAI with an efficient and effective tool to support retailer compliance work. Inspection officers wanted to complete in-store and online labelling inspections and :

  • Gather information whilst undertaking inspections and upload this to a CRM database (seamlessly if wireless or mobile signal available)
  • Create user access boundaries to ensure, for example, that the MSA manager can’t change data gathered from an inspection
  • Generate instant retailer letters / reports and management reports (based on Microsoft PowerBI)

Through the use of detailed business analysis and agile methodologies along with the expertise of openskys Dynamics, Power BI and GovTech teams, the new ELS Mobile Inspection system was designed and built in super fast time and showcased at a recent European member group meeting held in Dublin. Tim Stokes, Programme Manager - Market Surveillance with SEAI presented the system to members of the ADCO group from over 22 countries in Europe. Feedback from the group was very positive with the systems good design and expertise from the SEAI project team being formally recorded in the meetings minutes at the request of the groups Chair. There is demand from other member states to adopt the system and SEAI is exploring the opportunity that the Horizon2020 project EEPLIANT3 may offer the Member States to design and create further technology tools for better quality data to support Market Surveillance across the EU. 

New evolutions of the ELS System may include European Product Registry for Energy Labelling (EPREL) integration and synergies with Nordcrawl and new systems for full case management functionalities relating to energy labelling, ecodesign and energy labelling (manufacturer’s obligations) and tyre labelling.




Photo Caption: Mobile Market Surveillance Authority Officers can complete online and offline mobile inspections for the correct labelling of retail products using the new ELS System



Photo Caption: PowerBI Dashboards on the Dynamics based CRM enables the user to complete powerful self service reporting on the data as well as access to hundreds of data visualisation in built tools. Quick insights on data sets, generated by the system, enables the reporter to spot trends easier than ever before.




Key Benefits of the ELS System

• Quicker inspections

• Better retailer reports, produced instantly

• Better information, instantly available to help inform management approach

• Quality of data

• Secure and stable database



Further Information:


Tim Stokes, Programme Manager – Market Surveillance, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland  



Mike O’Donnell, GovTech Lead, Opensky Data Systems




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