Energy Labelling Directive

The EU Parliament has approved an EU energy label reform for home, professional and commercial appliances.  The new label will reintroduce the original A-G scale for future labels establish a common product registry database to support market surveillance.

The new system will also include provisions  to check the compliance of products and prohibition of defeat devices.

The rescaling of the old label will apply to a total of 15 product groups – including some of the most energy-consuming home appliances (i.e refrigerators, washing machines). There are also discussions on future new labels to commercial refrigeration, taps and windows.

In the present labelling system, several different energy label scales exist (from A to G, A+++ to D, etc). However, since the label was introduced in 1995, energy efficiency has improved and most of the products on the market are now in the top energy efficiency class.

Several studies have shown that the original A to G scale to be best understood by consumers. The proposed scale does not include classes that are not allowed by the  Ecodesign Directive. When the energy classes that do not live up to the Ecodesign requirements are excluded, it will be easier for consumers to identify the most efficient products.

The new labelling scale will be introduced gradually, depending on the product group.

The Energy Labelling Directive

The Energy Labelling Directive Directive 2010/30/EU was adopted by the European Parliament and Council in May 2010. It extended the energy label to energy-related products in the commercial and industrial sectors, for example cold storage rooms and vending machines.

The extension of the scope from energy-using to energy-related products (including construction products) means that the Directive covers any good having an impact on energy consumption during use. These products do not consume energy but "have a significant direct or indirect impact" on energy savings. Examples are window glazing and outer doors.

Energy labelling requirements are already in force for a number of products and the Commission will continuously adopt delegated regulations for energy labelling in parallel with the adoption of the Ecodesign regulations.

Regulations with energy labelling requirements are presented at the Eco-design Products & status web site. The regulation for online labelling entered into force in June 2014.

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Process

Key documents/links

4 Sept 2015 eceee views submitted eceee labelling proposal position (pdf)
15 July 2015 New labelling regulation proposal launched Proposed regulation (pdf)
2014 Ecodesign and Labelling evaluation finalised Ecodesign and Labelling evaluation
18 June 2010 Directive published in the OJ Final regulation (pdf)
19 May 2010 Recast Directive adopted Directive 2010/30/EU (doc)

Products & status