In the European Union, a number of everyday products such as washing machines, refrigerators and cooking appliances carry energy labels. Economic operators are obliged to display the energy label in visual advertisements or technical promotional material in accordance with the relevant delegated act. Energy labelling enable customers to make informed choices based on the energy consumption of energy-related products. For a comprehensive list of energy label products covered by delegated acts please find below link to the Commission’s website.
In July 2017, the Commission published Regulation (EU) 2017/1369 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 July 2017 setting a framework for energy labelling and repealing Directive 2010/30/EU.
Once new Delegated Acts are adopted for product specific groups, energy-related products will be labelled on a new, updated and clearer scale from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient). This new scale will gradually replace the current one of A+++ to G labels.
As from 1st January 2019, consumers will also have access to a database of product labels and information sheets. In this regard Suppliers are obliged to register their energy models in the Commission’s Product Database. Deadlines are stipulated as follows:
As from 1 January 2019, Suppliers shall ensure that before a new model is placed on the market covered by a delegated act, insert in the product database the information for that model, as per Annex I of the Regulation.
Models placed on the market between 1 August 2017 and 1 January 2019, covered by a delegated act, the supplier shall, by 30 June 2019, insert in the product database the information set out in Annex I in relation to those models.
The product registration database will allow the public to consult product labels and information sheets, making it easier to compare the energy efficiency of household appliances. The Regulation also requires manufacturers to inform consumers if software or firmware updates could reduce a product's energy efficiency. It also bans the use of 'defeat devices', which alter a product's performance under test conditions.