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Energy Labelling Regulation

Energy Labelling Regulation

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.

What products does the Energy Labelling Regulation apply to?

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.

Who has obligations under the Energy Labelling Regulation?

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.

What are the key requirements of the Energy Labelling Regulation?

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).

How are Suppliers affected by the Energy Labelling Regulation?

Suppliers of energy-related products must:

  • Ensure that energy-related products are accompanied, free of charge, with printed labels and a product information sheet. The labels are a graphic diagram, including a closed scale using only letters from A-G, each letter representing a class, each a different colour from dark green to red.
  • Deliver printed labels, and product information sheets, to your dealer free of charge, promptly and in any event within five working days upon request.
  • Ensure the accuracy of the labels and product information sheets. This involves producing sufficient technical documentation to allow market surveillance authorities to assess the accuracy of a label and product information sheet of a product. This technical documentation should include test reports or similar technical evidence.
  • Enter certain information into a database that will be established and maintained by the Commission (as of January 1, 2019). This database will consist of a public part and a compliance part, both accessible via an online portal. Some information is required to be submitted into the public part of the database (for example, name or trademark, address, contact details and other legal identification of the supplier, model identifier, label and energy efficiency classes, product information sheet in electronic format) and some information is for the compliance part (the model identifier of all equivalent models already placed on the market and certain technical documentation).
  • Reference the energy efficiency class of the product and the range of the efficiency classes available on the label in visual advertisements or technical promotional material for any specific model.

How are Dealers affected by the Energy Labelling Regulation?

Dealers of energy-related products must:

  • Visibly display the energy label.
  • If required, replace any existing labels on products on display, both in shops and online, with the rescaled labels, noting any relevant deadlines in the delegated acts applicable to the product type.
  • Make the product information sheet available to customers, including, upon request, in physical form at the point of sale.
  • Request the label or product information sheet from the supplier, if you do not have it (or, where available, download this from the database).
  • Reference the energy efficiency class of the product and the range of the efficiency classes available on the label in visual advertisements or technical promotional material for a specific model.

What if a product is non-compliant with the Energy Labelling Regulation?

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.

Additional information

We strongly encourage you to visit the European Commission’s website for more information on Energy Labelling Regulation:

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