Policy Pathways Brief: Monitoring, Verification and Enforcement
Most countries deploy minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) and/or energy labelling to cost effective manage the energy consumption of products. However, failure to monitor, verify and enforce these standards and labels has the potential to fatally undermine their effectiveness in delivering cost reductions to consumers, fair competition for industry and increased national energy security.
The International Energy Agency has identified five critical factors that guide policy makers towards protecting the integrity of standards and labelling programmes and delivering the expected stakeholder benefits.
Policy pathway to protecting standards and labelling programmes through effective monitoring, verification and enforcement:
- Where possible, design the key aspects of the monitoring, verification and enforcement process as part of the initial development of the standards and labelling programme. Include the legal, administrative, budget and staffing requirements
- Maintain sustained communication with stakeholders about their obligations and any potential sanctions they may incur for non-compliance
- Market monitoring and verification testing should focus on those products at greatest risk of non-compliance. Early communication of the results of monitoring and verification allows suppliers to take corrective action and remove non-compliant products from the market
- Enforcement procedures should be fair and transparent, and include a range of sanctions proportional to the level of transgression
- Public disclosure of compliance activities and enforcement action reduces the risks of non-compliant products being supplied to the market
The full Policy Pathway offers guidance on how to implement effective monitoring, verification and enforcement processes and case studies from around the world. The report can be downloaded here