Energy Efficiency Class - EU energy label

EU Directive 92/75/EC established an energy consumption labelling scheme. The directive was implemented by several other directives thus most consumer goods must have an EU Energy Label clearly displayed when offered for sale. The energy efficiency of the appliance is rated in terms of a set of energy efficiency classes from A to G on the label, A being the most energy efficient, G the least efficient. The labels also give other useful information to the customer as they choose between various models.

Directive 92/75/EC was replaced by Directive 2010/30/EU, and was again replaced by Regulation 2017/1369/EU from 1 August 2017. Updated labelling requirements will enter into force in september 2021.

The new classification is completely different, for example LED lamps are in class A+ or A++ under the old classification, but from 2021 they will be in class F.

It will reintroduce a simpler classification, using only the letters from A to G. The rescaling will also lead to better differentiation among products that, under the current label classification, all appear in the same top categories. It means, for example, that a lamp that currently has the A+++ label could become a C category, even though the lamp is just as energy efficient as before. The main principle is that the A category will be empty at first, and B and C categories scarcely populated, to pave way for new, more energy efficient products to be invented and developed.