The new EU energy label

The most important facts

A new rescaled energy label for electrical products and appliances has been introduced across the EU from 1 March 2021. However, from 1 September 2021, the new energy labelling regulations for light sources come into effect. You'll continue to see both energy labels until 1 March 2023 as there is a 18-month transition period for products already on the market, but many manufacturers will start using the new label earlier. We'll answer the most commonly asked questions about the new energy label and show you what will change.

Why is there a new energy label?

Electrical appliances and light sources have become more and more energy-efficient in recent years. As a result, the majority of all appliances were considered efficient and there were hardly any differences between the energy efficiency ratings A+, A++ and A+++. The new energy label is intended to make the differences transparent again for consumers. For this purpose, all appliances will be re-evaluated.


What are the differences to the old energy label?

A+, A++ und A+++ (plus ratings) no longer exist on the new EU energy label. The new scale ranges from ratings A to G. Light sources with an A rating do not exist for the time being, however, in order to be able to rate even more energy-efficient appliances with new technologies in the future, it has been included. Therefore, classes B and C are the ‘best in class’ and most energy-efficient lights for now.

The QR code is new as well. This provides direct access to the European Product Database for Energy Labelling (EPREL), in which further product information is available. The registration is mandatory for manufacturers.

Comparing the new and the old energy label

Old energy label

The old energy label

  1. Old energy efficiency scale
  2. Energy consumption per 1,000h (Kwh)
New energy label

The new energy label

  1. Re-evaluated energy efficiency scale
  2. Energy consumption per 1,000h (Kwh)
  3. QR code to access product information in the EPREL database

New Energy Label 2021:
Can I compare the old and the new energy labels?

The efficiency rating has been determined anew for each product and a comparison with the old label is not possible. For example, the external power supply will be added to the energy consumption in the future, which will lower the overall efficiency.

In addition, light sources with energy class A do not exist for the time being – this is energy class is reserved to rate even more energy-efficient appliances with new technologies in the future.

Are lights with the new energy label less efficient?

No, they’re still energy-efficient. The new test procedure is more stringent and takes into account future improvements in lighting efficiency. By today's standards, the efficient products under the old energy label are just as efficient after the changeover.

Which appliances have the new EU energy label?

Almost all electrical appliances that have an old EU energy label also have a new one. In addition to light sources, these include, for example, TVs and home appliances such as washing machines and refrigerators.

More on the topic:

Energy labelling and ecodesign requirements - official website of the European Union

Frequently Asked Questions: Energy Label & Energy Efficiency

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