The Europe-wide energy label has been around for more than 25 years. It’s supported consumers and professional buyers to search for and choose energy efficient products, and has helped manufacturers and retailers develop more innovative and efficient products.
Due to increased demand for more environmentally friendly options, the energy that products use has reduced. This means that the existing labelling scheme – ranging from A+++ to G – had become less effective. The use of multiple ‘+’ signs reduces clarity and most modern products now occupy the top two or three classes, making it more difficult to identify the most energy-efficient products.
The energy label has now been revised and improved. The new label, which appeared in high street and online shops from March 2021 for refrigerators and freezers, washing machines and washer-dryers, dishwashers, TVs and displays, and from October 2021 for light sources, features a new, simpler range: A to G. For other labelled products like ovens and tumble dryers, the new labels will be introduced as soon as new or revised UK regulations come into force.