MEPs approved on 6 July a proposal to make it easier for consumers to buy energy-efficient household appliances by simplifying the current labelling system. In the resolution they call for replacing the current scale with a far more transparent A to G system of presenting energy efficiency. Watch our video to find out more.

The proposal calls for clear and legible labels showing the product model’s energy efficiency class and its absolute consumption in kWh over a given period. The new rules are expected to lead to additional energy savings equal to the annual energy consumption of all three Baltic countries (200 TWh per year in 2030).

The EU wants to improve energy efficiency by at least 27% by 2030. Cutting demand will decrease CO2 emissions and reduce dependence on dominant energy suppliers such as Russia.

Next steps

After both Parliament and the Council have adopted a position, the two institutions can start negotiations. The new rules can only enter into force if they reach an agreement.

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making it easier to buy energy-efficient appliances