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Energy labels

Updated 08/2014

Energy labels show how an appliance ranks on a scale from A to G according to its energy consumption. Class A (green) is the most energy efficient and Class G (red) the least. Once most appliances of a given type reach Class A, up to 3 further classes can be added to the scale: A+, A++ and A+++.

What are the benefits?

Energy labels enable customers to choose products that consume less energy and thereby save money. Labels can also encourage companies to develop and invest in energy-efficient product design.

Which products require labels?

Energy labels are mandatory for all appliances sold in the EU for which a label exists. They must be clearly displayed on each appliance at the point of sale.

So if you make or import household appliances be sure to check whether they comply with Directive 2010/30/EU on labelling and product information relating to energy consumption български (bg)czech (cs)dansk (da)Deutsch (de)eesti (et)ελληνικά (el)español (es)Français (fr)Gaeilge (ga)italiano (it)latviešu (lv)lietuvių (lt)magyar (hu)Malti (mt)Nederlands (nl)polski (pl)português (pt)română (ro)slovenčina (sk)slovenščina (sl)suomi (fi)svenska (sv) and related legislation [28 KB] (see: "What do I need to do?" below).

Products that require energy labels:

  • Air conditioners
  • Dishwashers
  • Lamps (directional and LED)
  • Lamps (household)
  • Lamps (fluorescent)
  • Refrigerating appliances
  • Televisions
  • Tumble dryers
  • Washing machines

The Directive applies to appliances and any other products likely to have a direct or indirect impact on the consumption of energy and other potential resources during use, i.e. energy-related products. It does not apply to second-hand products or to means of transport for persons or goods.

What do I need to do?

Any appliance you sell for which a label exists must have such a label containing information on how much energy it uses. You'll also need to publish technical documentation (see: "What are delegated regulations?" below).

Labels and product information must be provided to dealers free of charge. If you are a dealer, you must affix labels so that they are visible and legible.

What if I sell my products over the internet, via catalogue, etc?

If you do distance selling - for example over the internet - you must in some way provide your clients with the product information described in the Directive and related legislation.

What are the delegated regulations?

The delegated regulations for labelling of household appliances [28 KB] explain what criteria your product must meet in order to comply with the Directive on energy labelling. This includes:

  • what information you must make available
  • how your product will be labelled according to its level of energy-consumption
  • where product labels must be affixed.

On the webpage linked to above, you will also find very useful templates that you can use to print out your energy labels.

Sometimes industry takes the initiative to define voluntary agreements for a given product group. These agreements may deliver the policy objectives faster or more cost-effectively than mandatory requirements. Household appliances - voluntary agreements.

You should also check whether your product is covered by European standards for ecodesign and energy labelling. The standards will help you comply with the directive.

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