Written answers

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources

Product Labelling

Photo of Pat RabbittePat Rabbitte (Minister, Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources; Dublin South West, Labour)
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605. To ask the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources if he is aware that there is inadequate enforcement of what is known as the Dim2/Erp legislation in respect of the import and sales of non-compliant LED lamps; his plans to improve enforcement; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44095/15]

Photo of Alex WhiteAlex White (Dublin South, Labour)
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My Department currently has Market Surveillance responsibilities for Energy Labelling and Ecodesign. We have become aware of potential issues relating to allegedly non-compliant LED lamps. My officials have liaised with market players to elicit more information on this matter and they have discussed it with counterparts in other Market Surveillance Authorities. We have, on foot of this, looked at LED lamps in a number of stores scheduled for inspection recently and no issues were identified. The next step would be to carry out a series of inspections on importers and authorised representatives. The Market Surveillance function is in the process of being transferred from my Department to the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland who are more suited to discharging such operational functions and should be able to avail of synergies with some of their other functions. It has been agreed to effect this transfer in early 2016 and budgetary provision has been made.

Over the coming weeks as my Department is discussing arrangements for this transfer with SEAI, officials will brief them on the LED issue so that they can make arrangements at the earliest opportunity to consider and follow up as appropriate.

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