As part of an energy label reform approved in Parliament last week, A-G stickers for televisions, lamps, washing machines, fridges and dishwashers will from 2020 replace the current system that has the potentially confusing A+, A++ and A++ ratings. That part was welcomed by energy, consumer and environment groups.
For products like air-conditioners, tumble dryers, vacuum cleaners, ovens, range hoods, and residential ventilation units, old and new labels will co-exist between 2021 and 2025, when the old ones will be discontinued. So far, so good.
New labels for heaters as of… 2030
The sticking point – on which the industry and consumer groups, but also some MEPs, differ – revolves around heating products, for which the new labels do not need to be introduced before 2030.
“The rescaling of energy labels for heating products is indeed delayed far too far in the future. This is a move that protects fossil fuel boilers (condensing boilers) as they can remain A and green for a long time,” said Stéphane Arditi from the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) in Brussels, a network of green NGOs.