How Has Energy Labelling Changed?

Energy Labelling Changes and New Standards

For over 25 years, energy labels in the EU have assisted consumers in selecting energy-efficient appliances. However, in March 2021, revisions were made to the standards governing the labelling system.

Under the previous system, which utilized ratings from A+++ to G, more than 90% of products were classified as A+, A++, or A+++. This led to a lack of reliability in using the ratings as an indicator for making informed purchasing decisions. To address this, a new consumer-centric, practical, and intuitive system has been introduced, with ratings ranging from A to G.

These changes apply to LG home appliances in categories such as washing machines, washer-dryers, dishwashers, and fridge freezers, including wine cellars.

(Source: European Commission - https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/IP_21_818)

Key Changes in the Energy Label

The transition from the old label to the new label includes several important changes:

1. Simplified A-G Energy Rating: The new energy rating scale, from A to G, is more stringent. Initially, very few products are expected to achieve the top "A" rating. This allows for future improvements in energy efficiency. Appliances that were previously considered highly efficient are now typically labelled as "B," "C," or "D." This change reflects the ambition to strive for increasingly sustainable technology.

2. Introduction of QR Code: The new label features a QR code, which consumers can scan to access additional information from the EU database. This provides easy access to relevant details about the appliance. Other important information, such as water usage and noise levels, is represented through simple and intuitive pictograms.

(Source: European Commission - https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/IP_21_818, https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/MEMO_19_1596)

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