Energy Labelling Directive
What is it?
The Energy Labelling Directive (2010/30/EU) establishes a framework for labelling and consumer information regarding energy consumption. Initially established for household appliances, the scope of the Directive has been extended to energy-related products, which are likely to have a direct or indirect impact on the consumption of energy and potentially of other resources during use.
The Energy Labelling Directive is a framework directive that mandates the Commission to propose, by means of delegated acts, details relating to information to be provided on the label and in the fiche for each type of product. Products are ranked, according to their energy consumption, on an A to G scale with colours from dark green to red. The implementation of the Energy Labelling Directive is linked to the Eco Design Directive (2009/125/EC): requirements and benchmarks defined for individual product group under the Eco design Directive are used as references for setting the energy labelling classes. The delegated acts under consideration are discussed in the Ecodesign Consultation Forum.
Why is it important?
As suppliers of goods and services to all sectors of the economy and to private consumers, Orgalime industries provide innovative and ever more energy and resource efficient products. It is therefore essential to spread information on the performance on the level of performance through different forms, including labelling, as this helps in raising the awareness of consumers on their individual energy consumption.
Together with other policy instruments, such as the Eco design Directive and the EU Eco Label Regulation, the Energy Labelling Directive forms part the broader the EU sustainable consumption and production policy. The primary objective of the Energy label is to help consumers to make better choices, thus saving energy and money, and to provide incentives for the industry to develop and invest in energy efficient product design. In addition, the Energy label has demonstrated that it can provide information to consumers on other parameters than energy consumption, such as water consumption, noise or fitness for purpose of the product.
The Directive is subject to review by 2014. Preparatory activities are underway.
Industry position on the Energy Labelling Directive Review
In the context of the review of the Energy Labelling Directive, in March 2015, AIE, AREA, EPPE and GCP Europe have published a joint position paper which reiterates their support for improving energy efficiency as well as our commitment to developing and installing ever more energy-efficient products and technologies regarding the review of the Energy Labelling Directive.
More info: http://www.energylabelevaluation.eu/