The European Parliament, the Council and the Commission agreed last Tuesday to review the current energy label. The system that qualified products from A +++ to G will be replaced by one that values them on a scale from A to G.
Following the political agreement the European Parliament and the Council should formally approve the text. Once endorsed by both co-legislators, the revised Energy Efficiency Labeling Regulation will be published in the Official Journal of the Union.
According to the European Commission, the change will make energy labels more understandable to consumers and help them make better-informed purchasing decisions. The measure will be accompanied by the introduction of a public database that will provide citizens with a comparison of the energy efficiency of household appliances, the company said in a statement.
The statement explains that consumer surveys show that about 85% of European citizens examine energy efficiency labels when they buy products. It also points out that having the best results in categories ranging from A + to A +++ “was misleading and concealed potential substantial differences in energy performance.”
Maros Sefcovic, Vice-President of the European Energy Union, said “technological innovations allow European citizens to enjoy the most advanced products on the market, so it is time to update our labeling scale to enable consumers to consider energy efficiency when choosing their next electric products. “
According to the Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete, “this agreement is good news for European consumers and companies, for our energy bills and for the climate. The revised energy label – along with eco–design – can result in household savings of around € 500 a year, increasing manufacturers ‘and retailers’ incomes by more than € 65 billion a year and saving the annual energy consumption of Italy and all the Baltic states combined. “
The revised energy label
The main points of the agreement reached within the EU regarding the revised energy label are:
– Return to the clearer label, which spans from class A to G, eliminating the cumbersome classes ranging from A + to A +++.
– Database of product registration to support market surveillance activities by Member States.
– Public database containing all energy efficiency labels, so consumers have a better tool to compare the energy efficiency of appliances.
– Gradual future legislative provisions on software upgrades and smart devices, and explicit prohibition of the use of “defeat” devices.