Market Transformation Programme

Welcome to the Market Transformation Programme 

About MTP

Products such as dishwashers, refrigerators, computers and lighting, have a considerable impact on the environment as they consume energy and therefore contribute towards climate change. Defra have a number of sustainable product policies in place to reduce carbon emissions and energy consumption of products.

The Market Transformation Programme (MTP) supports UK Government Policy on sustainable products. By:

  • Developing and maintaining a robust evidence base on impacts and trends arising from products across their life-cycles.
  • Ensuring reliable product information is available and is used to inform policy decisions, consumer choices and instruments like public procurement.
  • Working with stakeholders to set effective standards across product life-cycles, creating an environment that stimulates innovation and ecodesign. 

What products do MTP cover?

The MTP programme covers all products that fall under the Ecodesign Directive. The Ecodesign Directive sets minimum environmental performance standards, across the EU for energy related products (ErP).  This is put into UK law by the Ecodesign for Energy Related Products Regulations (SI 2010 No 2617). Ecodesign regulations aim to improve the environmental performance of products by reducing the impact of a product’s life-cycle on the environment. This is done through regulation or voluntary agreements.

The products covered by the Ecodesign regulations and therefore MTP include:

  • Energy-using products (EUPs), which use, generate, transfer or measure energy (electricity, gas, fossil fuel), such as boilers, computers, televisions, transformers, industrial fans, industrial furnaces etc.
  • Other energy related products (ERPs) which do not use energy but have an impact on energy and can therefore contribute to saving energy, such as windows, insulation material, shower heads, taps etc.

Details of the ecodesign work plan, including regulations and voluntary action already agreed and those currently in negotiation, can be found on the European Commission's  website.


Product Areas

The products currently covered by MTP are split into 6 product areas:

  • Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) - includes products such as water heaters and boilers.
  • Domestic Appliances - includes products such as tumble dryers, ovens and freezers.
  • Lighting - includes domestic and non-domestic lighting products.
  • Motors - includes products such as eclectic motors and ventilator fans.
  • Transformers and Machine Tools - covers transformers and machine tools.
  • Consumer Electronics and Information and Communication Technologies (CE/ICT) - includes products such as computers, imaging equipment (for example printers) and televisions.

Updates on these product areas can be found on this here.

Information about each product and the stage it currently sits can be found on the on the eceee website.


How does MTP operate?

MTP is managed by Defra through a consortium of contractors. The lead contractor is AEA Technology, working alongside Consumer Research Associates. There are also many technical advisers to the programme including the Building Research Establishment (BRE), Intertek Research and Testing Centre and a growing number of others.


Also on this site

As well as the product area updates mentioned above, the site contains information on the following:

Current and past Market Transformation Programme news, found here.

MTP publications including the Government Standards Briefing Notes can be found here.

How you can contact us if you have any questions or concerns -click here.