New Energy Labels for televisions, refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers and washing machines

The European Union has published new Energy Labelling Regulations for televisions, refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers and washing machines.

These four regulations will need to be approved by the European Parliament and Council, but approval is expected by the end of November 2010 and publication should take place in December 2010. The regulation enters into force 12 months after publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.  

The new regulations for refrigerators, dishwashers and washing machines will replace the existing Commission Directive 2003/66/EC on Energy Labelling of household electric refrigerators, freezers and their combinations, Commission Directive 1999/9/EC and Commission Directive 97/17/EC on Energy Labelling of household dishwashers and Commission Directive 96/89/EC on Energy Labelling of household washing machines. Most products in these categories have already achieved very high energy efficiency, so the European Commission has decided to extend the scale upwards with three additional classes: "A+", "A++", and "A+++" (for products with performance better than A).

For televisions, manufacturers can label their products with energy efficiency classes G to A until 2014, after which the range will be extended to include A+. For products placed on the market after 2017 the label can specify energy efficiency classes from G to A++  and, from 2020, the range will be further extended to include A+++.

These four directives are the first regulations to implement the extended scope of 2010/30/EC - the new directive on labelling and standard product information concerning the consumption of energy and other resources by energy-related products, which was published in May 2010.

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