Brussels, 18 November 2009
Commissioner Piebalgs welcomes political agreement on the Energy Labelling Directive
"The political agreement reached by the European Parliament and the Council on the Labelling Directive is a significant contribution towards reaching our energy savings target. This agreement paves the way to adopt legislation on a wide range of products in the future that helps us to honour our commitment on the reduction of CO2 emissions". With these words Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs welcomed the outcome of the last trialogue held by Council, Parliament and Commission.
This political agreement clears the way to extend the scope of the framework directive, which currently covers household goods only, to all energy-related products.
The directive will outline the main elements of the new energy label: an A-G scale with the possibility to open it up to A+++ if technological development so requires, the dark green colour of the scale always indicating the most efficient class and thus guiding consumers to the most efficient products.
Member States will consider procuring the best performing products provided it ensures good use of public money. With the view of further enhancing information and awareness for consumers, the Parties also agreed to require that advertisements where they contain energy-related or pricing information should also include a reference to the energy efficiency class of the product.
As the text will be adopted formally after the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty on 1 December, the Institutions will further refine some provisions to adapt to the new applicable procedures.