A New Generation of EU Energy Labels
From March 2021, consumers across the EU will see a new energy label on a range of household appliances aimed at giving consumers clearer information to help them choose the most energy-efficient product. The need for an updated system has long been highlighted by European consumer organisation BEUC, of which the Consumers’ Association of Ireland (CAI) is a member, and the new energy rating is a very welcome initiative that will affect lighting, fridges, TVs, dishwashers and washing machines from next year. BEUC, along with member organisations, are part of a project called Boost Energy Label Take-up or BELT, which is funded by the EU Horizon 2020 programme and is focused on promoting the uptake of more energy-efficient products and raising awareness among manufacturers, retailers and consumers about the new rescaled label through national campaigns. For more information on how the new energy label will work, see the article and video below.
Also below is access to an interactive tool that demonstrates the differences between the old and new labelling systems and that lets you calculate energy consumption, annual electricity costs and more for appliances in the various energy classes. Simply click on the appliance type – from fridges to washing machines to lamps – and enter some key information on appliance size and configuration. You can then see the expected amount of energy usage, CO2 emissions, and the associated costs. Please note that this is an EU-wide tool and the electricity costs have been calculated on the basis of the average electricity cost across all EU member states and not on a national basis.