Energy labelling framework

The energy labelling requirements for individual product groups are created under the EU's energy labelling framework regulation, in a process coordinated by the European Commission. 15 product groups require an energy label.

Companies can create their own labels for energy efficiency using a range of labelling tools.

Ecodesign requirements

The ecodesign requirements for individual product groups are created under the EU's ecodesign directive in a process coordinated by the European Commission. The EU legislation on ecodesign is applicable on 31 product groups

As an alternative, industry sectors may also sign voluntary agreements to reduce the energy consumption of their products. The Commission formally recognises such agreements and monitors their implementation. 

The ecodesign directive also establishes a consultation forum to consult stakeholders on the implementation of the directive. The list of members includes representatives from EU countries, industry and civil society. The group is open for observers from candidate and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries, and from organisations that have a legitimate interest in the discussion.

Market surveillance

National market surveillance authorities verify whether products sold in the EU follow the requirements laid out in ecodesign and energy labelling regulations.

A Commission notice invites national market surveillance authorities to take into account the exceptional circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic for certain energy labelling and ecodesign requirements.

Omnibus proposals

A number of ecodesign and energy labelling regulations adopted in 2019 were subsequently modified by “omnibus regulations”:

  • The ecodesign omnibus is Regulation (EU) 2021/341 amending Regulations (EU) 2019/424, (EU) 2019/1781, (EU) 2019/2019, (EU) 2019/2020, (EU) 2019/2021, (EU) 2019/2022, (EU) 2019/2023 and (EU) 2019/2024 with regard to ecodesign requirements for servers and data storage products, electric motors and variable speed drives, refrigerating appliances, light sources and separate control gears, electronic displays, household dishwashers, household washing machines and household washer-dryers and refrigerating appliances with a direct sales function;
  • The energy labelling omnibus is Regulation (EU) 2021/340 amending Delegated Regulations (EU) 2019/2013, (EU) 2019/2014, (EU) 2019/2015, (EU) 2019/2016, (EU) 2019/2017 and (EU) 2019/2018 with regard to energy labelling requirements for electronic displays, household washing machines and household washer-dryers, light sources, refrigerating appliances, household dishwashers, and refrigerating appliances with a direct sales function.

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