Stationary and online stores are awaiting changes. A new EU energy label for bulbs, lamps and other lighting products has entered into force. It is based on a simpler A to G scale to make it easier to compare the energy efficiency of products.
The European Commission announced in a press release that the changes entered into force throughout the European Union on September 1 this year. As explained, the new energy labeling scale is more stringent and designed so that only a few products are able to obtain the “A” and “B” marks at the beginning. This is to enable the gradual introduction to the market of an increasing number of energy-saving products. The labels A +++, A ++, A + will disappear from the labels.
The most energy efficient products on the market today will now typically be labeled “C” or “D”. ‘The labels will include a number of new elements, including a QR code linking to an EU-wide database where consumers will be able to find more detailed information about the product,’ he added.
“Our lamps and other lighting products have become so efficient in recent years that more than half of the LEDs now belong to the A ++ class. Updating the labels will make it easier for consumers to recognize products of the highest category, which in turn will help them save energy and money on their bills” – he assessed, quoted in the press release, EU energy commissioner Kadri Simson. As he noted, “the use of more energy-efficient lighting will increasingly reduce EU greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to achieving climate neutrality by 2050.”
The regulations provide for a transitional period. “To allow the sale of existing stock, the rules provide for an 18-month period during which products bearing the old label can still be sold on the market at physical retail outlets. For online sales, old labels displayed online will have to be replaced with new ones within 14 days. working “- we read in the European Commission communication.
Household appliances and RTV – new energy labels
The new solutions introduced on Wednesday are a follow-up energy label rescaling, which came into effect on March 1 this year. At that time, the new labels covered four product categories – refrigerators and freezers, dishwashers, washing machines and TV sets.
The European Commission reported that it is also working to update the labeling of products including tumble dryers, local space heaters, air conditioners, cooking appliances, ventilation systems, refrigerated or freezer cabinets, space heaters and water heaters, and solid fuel boilers, and to introduce new energy labeling for solar panels.
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