Energy labelling reforms delayed

Amendments voted for by MEPs leading work on the reform of energy labelling rules will result in delays that will disadvantage consumers and innovative businesses, according to campaigners. 

MEPs on the European Parliament’s Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) committee met yesterday to develop proposals to reform the EU Energy Labelling Directive. 

Electrical products such as fridges, washing machines and televisions are currently rated on an A–G scale. This has been criticised for lagging behind technological advances to make products more efficient since labelling was introduced in the 1990s. 

The directive was reformed in 2010 to reflect increasing energy efficiency, with the introduction of A+, A++, A+++. However, the European Commission has acknowledged that this has created confusion could mislead customers into thinking that a product is the most efficient on the market when it may in fact be one of the least efficient.  

An A+ class washing machine, dishwasher or fridge can use 30% more energy than A+++ models, according to the European Environmental Bureau (EEB). 

The commission announced proposals to reform the labels last summer. Labels for heating products such as boilers came into force in 2015, ...

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