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The current legislation on the subject of energy efficiency of products is based on two directives of the European Union. The first is the Ecodesign Directive (2009/125 / EC), approved with the aim of making products more energy efficient. The second is the directive onenergy labeling (2010/30 / EU) which helps the consumer to recognize the most efficient products on the market.

About energy labeling, with a document dated 15 July 2015, the European Commission proposed the transition to unique energy labeling adopting the scale from A to G. Pending a decision, producers remain free to adopt the label they prefer among those currently allowed to communicate the level of energy efficiency of products (for example the scale from A +++ to D). The Commission has also proposed the establishment of a digital database for new efficient products.

Currently the indication of energy efficiency of products is available on the market through 'product groups' and 'horizontal measures'. In particular, there are:

  • 11 product groups regulated by the provisions relating to energy efficiency and labeling: washing machines, dishwashers, refrigerators, tumble dryers, vacuum cleaners, lamps, lighting equipment, air conditioners, domestic cooking systems, fans.
  • 8 product groups regulated by efficiency requirements, but not by energy labeling: simple digital receivers, external power supplies, electric motors, circulators, fans, hydraulic pumps, power transformers and computers.
  • 3 horizontal measures governing in order: consumption of electricity in stand-by and off modes of electrical and electronic equipment; b) electricity consumption in stand-by mode of the devices connected to the network; c) energy labeling on the Internet.

In September 2015, the labeling and energy efficiency requirements will also come into force for water heaters and boilers (gas boilers and heat pumps for example). The new provisions obviously only concern new products placed on the market.

Energy efficiency and sustainability

The European rules on the subject of energy efficiency of products they are part of the 2030 energy and climate policy framework with which the EU countries have agreed to increase their efforts to reduce climate change. The 40% greenhouse gas reduction target is accompanied by a binding EU target to increase the share of renewable energies to the threshold of at least 27% in 2030. A threshold which, by 2020, will be as much as appears to be re-examined against the higher target of 30 per cent.


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