European Commission sets up new energy labels for televisions, refrigerators, dishwashers and washing machines

The European Commission today for the very first time proposed energy labels for TVs. For refrigerators, dishwashers and washing machines the existing label scheme will be updated Energy labels help consumers choose products which save energy and thus money. They also provide incentives for the industry to develop and invest in energy-efficient product design.

Energy labels move the market towards high energy efficient products which is a major contribution to reaching Europe’s energy efficiency, competitiveness and climate change goals. At the same time, they save money for consumers”

Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger

For televisions, which represent almost 10% of the average household’s electricity bill, it will be the first time ever that manufacturers will have to declare the energy efficiency of their products, using an A to G scale. The label must be clearly shown on the TV set and in advertisements if the prize of TV is mentioned.