The Energy Label

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From March 2021
 

This is APPLiA's one-stop-shop for suppliers, dealers & consumers.

It is only the label that changes,

not the energy consumption.

On March 1st, a new energy label appears in shops and online.

It is a fresh restart, making room for further innovations.

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Appliances with new energy label
as from 1 March 2021
Appliances that will be subject to future rescale
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Beyond energy efficiency

A new element of the label: the QR code.
With EPREL - the European Product Database for Energy Labelling - Consumers will be able to search for energy labels and product information sheets.
 
 
 

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact it has had on the operations of home appliance manufacturers, the European Commission has published a Communication Notice (here) on the application of the new Energy Labelling requirements for Washing Machines, Washer Dryers, Dishwashers and Refrigerators/Freezers and Electronic Displays. 

The Notice invites member States’ Market Surveillance Authorities to consider this exceptional context when enforcing those Energy Labelling Regulations. In particular, in order to avoid the unnecessary and unwanted scrapping of some new appliances, manufacturers would then be allowed to place products on the market that only have the current energy label until 1 March 2021, i.e. four months after the deadline set in the legislation.

As from

Autumn 2019

1 November 2020

1 March 2021

2022

Manufacturers will offer trainings

for sales teams & dealers

By law, manufacturers shall include

both the existing & rescaled labels

with the product 

New labels for dishwashers, washing machines, washer-dryers, fridges & freezers, wine storages visible on the shop floor 

 

Retailers must make the switch

within 14 working days

New labels for

air conditioners and

tumble dryers

Information on the rescale of other home appliances will be made available upon publication of the Draft Regulations by the Commission

 

Questions & Answers

Are you a consumer?

Why will the "A+++" washing machine I have just bought become an “E"?


The EU legislation for the Energy Label has changed for the following products: dishwashers, washing machines, washer dryers, refrigerators, including wine storage fridges, and freezers. The new Energy Label with the QR code will be applicable as from 1 March 2021 and can be ignored until that date.

The energy efficiency of the appliance you have just bought stays the same. It is only the rating, i.e. the letter on the energy label, that changes, not the product efficiency.

The legislation requires that each appliance is supplied with two labels – the current one and the new one.




Why does the box of my recently bought home appliance include two labels?


The EU legislation for the Energy Label has changed for the following products: dishwashers, washing machines, washer dryers, refrigerators, including wine storage fridges, and freezers. The new Energy Label with the QR code will be applicable as from 1 March 2021 and can be ignored until that date. The legislation requires that each appliance is supplied with two labels – the current one and the new one.




Why do I have two labels in the box of my recently bought home appliance, and they show different grades?


The EU legislation for the Energy Label has changed for the following products: dishwashers, washing machines, washer dryers, refrigerators, including wine storage fridges, and freezers. The new Energy Label with the QR code will be applicable as from 1 March 2021 and can be ignored until that date.

Yet, the fact that you see one label with A+++ and one with F does not mean that the appliance you bought is different from the one you saw in the shop or on the website where you bought it.

The efficiency of the appliance stays the same. It is only the rating, i.e. the letter on the energy label, that changes, not the product efficiency.

The legislation requires that each appliance is supplied with two labels – the current one and the new one.




Why does the energy efficiency grade change that much?


The new EU Energy Label has been introduced to give room for differentiation for more technologically advanced home appliances. Depending on the level of efficiency they reach, they will be attributed a different grade on the energy label scale. The EU legislators decided to rescale the current label, leaving the upper classes empty to allow room for progress in future-developed appliances.

There is no easy conversion table from the old rating to the new rating, as the new energy label is calculated on the basis of a new testing method. This is why home appliances will be graded differently with the new energy label. The efficiency of the appliance yet stays the same. It is only the rating, i.e. the letter on the energy label, that changes, not the product efficiency.





 

Double labelling: why two different labels in shops?

On the shop floor, some appliances display the new label - the one with the QR code on it - others the old one. Why is it so?

 

The new energy label that started appearing in shops on 1 March 2021, currently only applies to washing machines, washer-dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators and freezers. The other product groups, such as air conditioners, ovens, range hoods, tumble dryers and water heaters are regulated under older legislation and display the old generation label.

 

It will not always be like this. The rules for those product groups will soon be reviewed, meaning they will also bear the new energy label in the future. 

 

In the meantime, both new - on washing machines, washer-dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators and freezers - and old labels - on air conditioners, ovens, range hoods, tumble dryers and water heaters - coexist on the shop floors and online. It is only the label that changes, not the energy consumption.

 
 

European Commission projects 

in support of the new label

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This project aims to facilitate the transition to the new label by informing stakeholders and market actors, inform consumers and stimulate manufacturers to research and improve their products.

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This project supports the consumers and professional buyers providing effective information, services and tools and retailers in the correct implementation of the new label.

Which are the tools available?

 

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