ANEC addressed the consumer view on functionalities and interoperability of smart metering systems at the Citizens' Energy Forum on 12-13 March 2015 in London. Every year, the London Forum brings together a wide range of stakeholders to exchange on consumer perspectives. This year, ANEC stressed its key concerns and advised what needs to happen to help engage consumers in the European energy market.

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New Year comes bearing benefits for consumers. As of January 1st, consumers surfing the web for their home appliances and electronics will be able to better compare the energy efficiency of these products. Following existing obligations for sales in shops, the well-known energy label will need to accompany products bought online.

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On the eve of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3 December), ANEC welcomes the publication of a new version of Guide 71 Guide for addressing accessibility in standards by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO), the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to which we contributed. We also welcome that the three International organisations, together with their European (CEN/CENELEC/ETSI) and national counterparts, have dedicated this week to promote the role of standards in increasing accessibility.

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Organised consumer participation in standardisation is essential

On the eve of World Standards Day (14 October), ANEC members held their 25th General Assembly to consider the state of consumer participation in standardisation.

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As of yesterday, vacuum cleaners have to meet EU-wide energy and performance requirements. Consumers buying a vacuum cleaner will also receive labelling information on efficiency, energy use and performance. Stricter wattage requirements will reduce the energy use.

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