New energy labels for household appliances in the EU

by Sarah Böhm, 01.04.21



New rules for energy labels that have come into force in March 2021 affect products such as household appliances for which an energy efficiency class must be declared. Read below to find out which products are affected by the changes and how you should proceed in your online shop.

In order to abolish the plus energy classes A+, A++ and A+++, which were sometimes confusing for consumers, the new classes A-G have been introduced this year. This makes it much more transparent for consumers what energy consumption appliances have.

How do the newly scaled energy labels differ?

The new scaling can be converted based on the old scaling as follows:

Scaling old Scaling new
A+++ A
A++ B
A+ C
A D
B E
C F
D G

In addition to the new scaling, the symbols and content on the labels have also been updated. For refrigerators, for example, the volume is now indicated on a four-class scale (A to D), and the calculation of the annual energy consumption is also more specific. In addition, consumers can access further information about the model by scanning a QR code on the label.

An example layout of the new energy label for a cooker hood.

Which products are affected by the new energy label?

In the first step, the new energy label applies to the following product categories:

  • Refrigerators and freezers
  • Dishwashers
  • Washing machines
  • TVs and other external displays

For light bulbs and lamps (with fixed light sources), the new labels will apply as of the 1st of September 2021. More product categories will follow.

How can I display the new energy label in my ePages Now online shop?

Read our Help Centre article where we explain step by step how to integrate the new energy label into your shop.

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