The European Parliament and the Council have struck an “informal deal” to change energy efficiency labels on household products to make them clearer.
The current A+++ to G labels will be replaced by a “clear and easier to use” A to G labels and a database to make it easier for people to compare the energy efficiency of household appliances will also be introduced.
That’s expected to help consumers make better informed purchasing choices to reduce energy use and bills while manufacturers will be encouraged to innovate and invest in more efficient products.
The labels will accompany the products in printed format and their online versions and product information will be searchable and downloadable.
In the event of updates that would affect the energy efficiency of a product already bought, the supplier will have to inform the customer.
Rapporteur and MEP Dario Tamburrano said: “After 20 years, traditional labels for electric products, i.e. fridges and dishwashers, will be upgraded to 2.0 version. They could contain a QR code or a link that allows citizens to access an online database: labels will become bridges to a digital universe containing all those information impossible to be noted just on paper.
“The creation of a detailed database and digital tools, like smartphone apps, will enable consumers to make immediate comparisons among the products on the market.”
The legislation will have to be formally approved by the Parliament and the Council before it enters into force.
The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) recently revealed improved energy efficiency in the UK helped offset low carbon policy costs on energy bills and reduced emissions.