A refrigerating appliance is an insulated cabinet with one or more compartments that are controlled at specific temperatures and which are cooled naturally or forced. Typical examples include household fridges, freezers and combi-appliances, wine storage units and mini-bars.
Refrigerating appliances are labelled on an energy efficiency scale ranging from A+++ (most efficient) to G (least efficient).
These ratings take into account:
- energy consumption
- storage volume
- whether or not the appliance has a freezer compartment
- other factors
From 1 March 2021, Regulation (EU) No 1060/2010 will be repealed and replaced by Regulation on energy labelling for refrigerating appliances (EU) 2019/2016. Using a scale from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient), the labels will give information on the volume of the compartments and sound emissions. For wine storage units, it will show the number of bottles that can be stored.
Rules on ecodesign for refrigerating appliances are mandatory for all manufacturers and suppliers wishing to sell their products in the EU.
The Regulation on ecodesign requirements (EC) No 643/2009 covers energy efficiency, functionality, information and repairability and recyclability.
From 1 March 2021, the current regulation will be repealed and replaced by Regulation on ecodesign requirements of refrigerating appliances (EU) 2019/2019. For the first time, the measures will include requirements for repairability and recyclability, which will contribute to circular economy objectives by improving the life span, maintenance, re-use, upgrade, recyclability and waste handling of appliances.
Please note that Regulations (EU) 2019/2019 & 2019/2016 are subject to an amendment procedure. The draft ecodesign and energy labelling amendments have been discussed and voted positively by Member States.
By switching to more energy efficient refrigerating appliances, you can save up to €200 over the lifetime of an average product. More efficient refrigerating appliances will also allow Europe to save up to 9.6 TWh of electricity per year by 2030. This is close to the annual household electricity consumption of Lithuania, and will prevent around 3.1 million tonnes of CO2 from being emitted every year.