Single energy labeling and digital database

A unique energy labeling it's a bank digital data for new efficient products. This is the proposal put forward on 15 July 2015 by the European Commission to help citizens make better and informed choices in terms of energy efficiency. Objective: to allow everyone to save energy (and money) in line with the principle of the Energy Union which puts energy efficiency first.

What does single energy labeling mean?

For the energy classification of products (i.e. to find out how much energy they are) the European Commission proposes in practice to restore the scale from A to G, already known to consumers and of proven effectiveness, by rescaling the various existing labels. The latter (for example the one from A +++ to D and the others) would be standardized on the A - G scale, which would become the only one.

What is the digital database for efficient products?

It is an online database where all products placed on the European Union market will be registered. The aim is to improve transparency and facilitate market surveillance by national authorities.

Why a unique energy label with a scale from A to G?

The EU energy label introduced in 1995 has given positive results, to the point that it affects 85% of consumer purchasing decisions. At the same time, it has stimulated industrial innovation, so much so that today many products appear in the three highest classes (A +++, A ++, A +) while some of the other classes are even empty (in some cases the same class A).

Paradoxically, this very positive situation is making it difficult for consumers to recognize the truly most efficient products. Example: those who buy a product classified A + think they have chosen the most efficient one on the market, while in some cases it may be one of the least efficient. A energy labeling simpler with classes A to G makes it easier to understand and compare products.

Why a digital database for the energy efficiency of products?

Today it is estimated that between 10% and 25% of products do not meet the requirements of energy labeling in force. 10% of the estimated energy savings would be lost precisely because of this original non-compliance and the inadequacy of controls by national and market surveillance authorities.

In the digital database of new products, manufacturers and importers will have to register the products by uploading the information already mandatory under current EU regulations. By doing so, essential information on the energy compliance of products will be retroactively available to authorities, who will no longer have to waste time asking manufacturers for it.

Where is the advantage?

Given that the products already available on the market will be sold exactly as before, they will simply have the new one unique energy labeling from A to G and will be registered by producers in the digital database, the new system is expected to produce an additional energy saving of 200 TWh per year in 2030, equal to the annual energy consumption of the Baltic countries.

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