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Domestic refrigeration appliances: energy efficiency
Minimum energy efficiency standards (maximum allowable electricity consumption value for a given volume and category of appliances) apply to domestic refrigeration appliances. In addition, the "CE" conformity marking on the label guarantees that the appliance meets these standards. This conformity marking applies to all household electrical appliances.
Directive 96/57/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 3 September 1996 on energy efficiency requirements for household electric refrigerators, freezers and combinations thereof [See amending acts].
This Directive applies to refrigerators, frozen food storage cabinets and freezers and combinations thereof, running on mains electricity.
No of stars indicates category
The appliance's electricity consumption must be lower than or equal to the maximum allowable value for its category. The category, indicated by the number of stars, is determined by the relationship between volume and energy consumption.
Household refrigeration appliances that conform to the energy efficiency requirements of this Directive must bear the CE" conformity marking.
Where a Member State establishes that the CE marking has been affixed unduly, the manufacturer or his authorised representative established in the European Union (EU) is obliged to make the product comply. Otherwise, the Member State concerned may take the product off the market.
Technical documentation, provided with the appliance, shall contain the model identification and explanations of the appliance's operation (instructions), its design (in particular, factors that influence energy consumption) and manufacture (name and address of the manufacturer).
Framework Directive 2005/32/EC
Framework Directive 2005/32/EC on the setting of ecodesign requirements amends Directive 96/57/EC. The latter now falls under the Framework Directive, of which it has become an implementing measure. The Framework Directive applies to all energy-consuming appliances except vehicles.
|Act||Entry into force||Deadline for transposition in the Member States||Official Journal|
|Directive 96/57/EC||08.10.1996||03.09.1997||OJ L 236 of 18.09.1996|
|Amending act(s)||Entry into force||Deadline for transposition in the Member States||Official Journal|
|Directive 2005/32/EC||06.08.2005||11.08.2007||OJ L 191 of 22.07.2005|
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