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The European Commission identified the need to update the energy labelling framework to improve its effectiveness and to keep pace with technological progress. As of the 1 August 2017, Regulation 2017/1369 which revokes and replaces Directive 2010/30/EU, comes into force.
The objectives of this legislation are in line with the Circular Economy Policy http://www.netregs.org.uk/environmental-topics/environmental-management/manage-and-improve-your-environmental-performance/ which aims to provide better information for consumers, thus enabling choices at purchase.
Regulation (EU) 2017/1369 lays down a framework that applies to energy-related products placed on the market or put into service. It does not apply to second-hand products, nor does it apply to means of transport for persons or goods, such as elevators, escalators and conveyor belts. The new regulatory framework allows customers to be more aware of the energy efficiency and energy consumption of household appliances, which will help them in turn to lower their energy costs.
Energy labels help consumers choose energy efficient products. The labelling requirements for individual product groups are currently labelled on a scale A+++ (most efficient) to G (least efficient). In the future, under the new Regulation there will be a rescaling of existing labels with a simpler A to G scale. Manufacturers will be required to inform consumers if software or firmware updates could reduce a product’s energy efficiency and consumers should be given the option of accepting or refusing the update. Consumers will also have access to a database of product labels and information sheets, and defeat devices, which alter a product’s performance under test conditions, will be banned.
Fixed deadlines are established for the first rescaling of all labelled products, according to three product categories:
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