The energy label can be considered as a success story for the European Union. It has been key in boosting the energy efficiency of everyday electrical appliances.
Since its inception (1994), the energy labels have helped steer and guide consumers to choose products that use less energy. The initiative has become so successful that recent studies show that the label is recognised by 93% of consumers and that 79% do actually consider it prior to purchasing electrical appliances.
The success has meant that the industry in general have continued to innovate and develop more energy efficient products. This meant that as a result of such changes, the ‘A’ was no longer enough to describe the most energy efficient products and as a result, other superior categories had to be added to the system.
European Union consumers can now expect significant changes as part of a re-scaling exercise aimed at simplifying the label. The main changes to the new labels:
- Simpler scale (A to G) and it will be easier to compare the energy efficiency between different products.
- Language neutral to avoid having 24 official languages used in the EU internal market.
- QR code in the upper right corner, for consumers to have access to more detailed product information in the European Product Registry for Energy Labelling, called EPREL. This database will be accessible to the public at the end of 2020. The EPREL database will help national market surveillance authorities to verify that the products comply with requirements on energy efficiency and that the information on the label is correct.
- Icons that show information like product capacity or dimensions, noise level or water consumption, providing useful information to the consumers at a glance.
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