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Simpler energy labels

To make energy labels more understandable for consumers and help them make better-informed purchasing choices, the Commission adopted today new energy efficiency labels covering dishwashers, washing machines and washer-driers, refrigerators, lamps, electronic displays including televisions, and refrigerating appliances with a direct sales function.

‘Energy efficiency first’ is a central principle of the Energy Union strategy. It is an effective way to cut emissions, bring savings to consumers and reduce the EU's fossil fuel import dependency. Since its introduction twenty years ago, the success of energy labelling has encouraged the development of ever more energy-efficient products. This has resulted in the current label system becoming too complex. In 2017, the EU agreed with clearer energy efficiency labelling rules, by moving from the current A+++ to G scale to an A to G energy scale, which is simpler and well understood by consumers. A product showing an A+++ energy efficiency class could for example become a B class after rescaling, without any change in its energy consumption. This will allow the top classes to have room for more energy efficient models.

After a consultation process following the 2017 agreement, the Commission has today adopted the final format and visual identity of new labels for 6 product groups:

  • 5 product groups of household appliances with "rescaled" labels well known by European consumers: 1) dishwashers, 2) washing machines and washer-driers, 3) refrigerators, including wine storage fridges, 4) lamps, and 5) electronic displays including televisions.

  • A new labelling product group for refrigerating appliances with a direct sales function used in shops and vending machines.

These new labels will be visible for European consumers in physical stores and on-line as of March 1st 2021.

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