Energy labelling and eco-design requirements are introduced in order to reduce the energy consumption of appliances and products.
Energy labelling of products and appliances provides consumers with information about the energy consumption. Energy labels help consumers choose energy efficient products, in other words appliances with low consumption, which are cheap to operate. The labelling requirements for individual product groups are created under the EU's Energy Labelling Directive, a process managed by the European Commission.
Companies can create their own labels for energy efficiency using a range of labelling tools.
- Energy labelling regulations
- FAQ on the Energy Labelling Directive and its Implementing Measures
- The Energy Label Generator
- EU households to save €45 a year thanks to new energy efficiency measures
- The Nordic Ecodesign Effect Project - Estimating benefits of Nordic market surveillance of ecodesign and energy labelling
On 15 July 2015 the Commission proposed a return to a single A to G label scale. Currently, several different energy label scales exist (from A to G, A+++ to D, etc), but over the years since 1995 when the label was introduced, energy efficiency has improved so much that most of the products now on the market are in the top energy efficiency class. The single A to G label would help consumers distinguish the most efficient products of today more easily.
The Commission also proposed the creation of a new energy efficient product digital database to boost transparency and improve compliance with the rules.
Ecodesign regulations require manufacturers to decrease the energy consumption of their products by establishing minimum energy efficiency standards. By setting these standards at European level, manufacturers do not have to navigate through multiple national regulations when launching their products on the market.
The ecodesign requirements for individual product groups are created under the EU's Ecodesign Directive, a process managed by the European Commission. As an alternative, industry sectors may also sign voluntary agreements to reduce the energy consumption of their products. The Commission formally recognises such agreements and monitors their implementation.
- Ecodesign regulations for products
- Voluntary agreements for products
- Official Members of the Ecodesign Consultation Forum, Commission decision on the Ecodesign Consultation Forum
- Preparatory studies for Eco-design and Energy Labelling legislation (CIRCABC)
- FAQ on the Ecodesign Directive and its implementing measures (DG Enterprise and Industry)