Energy Efficiency Label: popular colour scheme revamped

, 13.6.2017 - 12:46
European energy efficiency classification

From green to orange, through to red. This is the colour scale of the established energy label for easy consumer orientation in assessing the energy efficiency of household appliances. Despite the great popularity of the stickers, the European Parliament has now decided to re-calibrate them as the technological progress has left little room for differentiation in energy consumption: "We have found a practical and unbureaucratic solution that does not confuse the consumer unnecessarily and does not overstretch the retailer because the known colour scale with the high recognition value remains unchanged", said Herbert Reul MEP, EPP Group Spokesman on the Energy Efficiency Label Report.

While the colour coding does not change, a flexible re-calibration of the energy efficiency classes has changed. "It makes no sense if every new household appliance is awarded the best possible energy class A +++, as has been the case more and more often in recent years. The consumer needs helpful comparative values", said Reul. In the future, therefore, a new calibration will take place as soon as more than 30 percent of the respective household appliances fall into efficiency class A, or more than 50 percent fall into efficiency classes A and B. "A sensible regulation for consumers, retailers and manufacturers which makes a new reform of the popular label superfluous for the future", explained Reul.

In order to make the conversion procedures from the old to the new label as pragmatic as possible for all parties concerned, the retailers are given appropriate transitional periods. Despite a very positive compromise for consumers and retailers, Herbert Reul still complains about the project being carried out by a central EU product database which can be used by citizens to compare the energy efficiency of household appliances: "The database does not help market surveillance, it damages it. Competitive and industrial policy is highly sensitive to companies’ public disclosure of technical details, quite apart from the otherwise highly-acclaimed data protection. I very much hope that my fears in this area are unwarranted."

Toimitusten tietoon
EPP-ryhmä on Euroopan parlamentin suurin poliittinen ryhmä, jolla on 216 jäsentä 27 jäsenmaasta

Meppien yhteystiedot

Herbert REUL (Entinen MEP)
STR - Phone: +33 (0)3 88 175244 Fax: +33 (0)3 88 179244
Sähköposti: herbert.reul@europarl.europa.eu

Lehdistöosaston yhteystiedot

Meike Bogdan
Press Relations International Trade, Culture and Education, Agriculture and Rural Development, Germany, Luxembourg
Phone: +32 473 850 507
Lars Ole Løcke
Press Relations Economy and Environment Working Group, Industry, Research and Energy, Denmark; Communications Strategy
Phone: +32 470 474 838
Brexit, EU budget, US steel tariffs, digital company taxation
15.3.2018 - 11:45

Brexit, EU budget, US steel tariffs, digital company taxation

During the European Parliament’s March plenary session, MEPs approved a Resolution on future EU-UK relations after Brexit and debated the EU...
Olive oil
15.3.2018 - 9:49

Spanish olives under US attack

In January, the US Department of Commerce imposed an unjustified anti-dumping customs duty on Spanish olives of more than 17.13 %, following a...
14.3.2018 - 16:10

Protection of journalists equals freedom and good governance

Investigative journalists are of crucial value to society as they reveal bad administration, fraud, corruption and other types of mismanagement of...
High voltage post
14.3.2018 - 12:45

Greens jeopardise key infrastructure energy projects

Statement by Krišjānis Kariņš MEP, EPP Group Spokesman in the European Parliament’s Industry Committee, after the vote in Plenary...

Viikon kohokohdat

19.3.2018. - 23.3.2018.
Attacks in Paris, France

Protecting the rights of victims of terrorism in the EU

22 March marks the 2-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks in Brussels. The Special Committee on Terrorism will organise two hearings on...
Nord Stream2

Making gas from outside the EU comply with Energy Union goals

The current Gas Directive will be updated to apply not only to the internal gas market in the EU, but also to gas pipelines that arrive in the EU...

Europe-wide rules on how to tax Facebook, Amazon & Co

The European Commission will make a formal law proposal for a digital tax on Wednesday. This comes one week after Parliament, on the initiative of...
Regina Bastos MEP