In the European Union, many everyday products such as washing machines, refrigerators and cooking appliances carry energy labels and have been designed to meet minimum energy efficiency standards. Regulation 2017/1369 (the “Energy Labelling Regulation”) sets out a framework of rules for providing information relating to the energy efficiency, the consumption of energy and other resources as part of a product label.
The objective of the Energy Labelling Regulation is to enable customers to choose products that are more efficient in order to reduce their energy consumption.
It is your responsibility to comply with the Energy Labelling Regulation. This material is for informational purposes only. It is not intended as legal advice. We encourage you to consult your legal counsel if you have questions about the laws and regulations concerning your product.
The Energy Labelling Regulation applies to “energy-related products”, these are products which have an impact on energy consumption during use, which are sold to consumers or used in the EU.
Examples of energy-related products are: air conditioners and comfort fans, air heating and cooling products, lighting, televisions, tumble driers, computers, power transformers, vacuum cleaners, external power supplies and fridges.
The regulation does not apply to second hand products, unless the second hand product is imported from outside the European Union.
The Energy Labelling Regulation sets out obligations for suppliers and dealers.
You are a “Supplier” if you are a manufacturer (or authorized representative of a non-EU manufacturer) established in the European Union, or an importer who imports a product from outside the European Union.
You are a “Dealer” if you are a retailer who offers energy-related products for sale, hire, or hire purchase, or displays energy-related products to customers or installers in the course of a commercial activity.
All energy-related products must display labels on a scale from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient). Please note this replaces a previous scale of A+++ to G labels. Labels from before 2017 will be rescaled over time.
Energy-related products must be accompanied by a product information sheet. For certain product types, there are specific regulations relating to energy labelling (for example, televisions, computers and servers, and tumble dryers).
Suppliers of energy-related products must:
Dealers of energy-related products must:
If you are a supplier or a dealer, you must both cooperate with market surveillance authorities to remedy non-compliance and also take action at your own initiative to do so.
We strongly encourage you to visit the European Commission’s website for more information on Energy Labelling Regulation: