Energy labeling

stitky Marking household appliances with energy labels is a tool used by European Community states to try to accommodate the end users of these products and help them buy maximally energy-efficient products, while at the same time meeting the target of a 20% reduction of energy consumption in the Community by 2020.

Manufacturers, importers and retailers of household appliances are subject to obligations they must meet when introducing products to the market. These obligations are newly set forth in the Directive no.2010/30/EC of the EP and the Council on the indication of the consumption of energy and other resources on energy labels of products related to energy consumption and in standardized information about products. This is a directive that superseded and clarified the previous Council Directive no. 92/75/EEC, effective from July 21, 2011 . Requirements for individual types of products are further elaborated in specific European Commission directives.
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Some requirements introduced by the Directive no. 2010/30/EC

  • New energy label for TV sets. At the end of November 2011, the obligation of using labels on TV sets was introduced.
  • Ability to introduce classes A+, A++, A+++. These classes can be introduced if the original scale A – G is no longer sufficient due to technological advancements. At present, for example, class A++ is used for fridges, freezers and their combinations.
  • The scale only has 7 classes. In most cases, the scale on the label only has 7 classes. So, if class A++ is introduced, for example, the scale ends with the letter E (A++ to E) instead of the original G.
  • New measurement methodology approximating the actual use of the appliance.Calculation of the energy efficiency index, which represents the basis for classification of an appliance in an energy class, is now closer to the actual use of the appliance in the household.
  • New information on labels. The labels of washing machines and dishwashers no longer include the washing efficiency class, as these values are not relevant (all washing machines and dishwashers are class A). Instead of energy and water consumption per one wash cycle, the label now includes information about the annual consumption of energy and water.
  • The label is language neutral. Labels throughout the European Community have the same appearance unlike the original label, which included texts in national languages.
  • Labeling in e-shops as well. Information included on the label must be part of information provided when electric appliances are sold via the Internet, mail order or catalog sales.
  • Energy class in product advertisements. The obligation to publish the energy class of the electric appliance in advertisements and other promotional materials that mention the price and/or consumption.
    Manufacturers, importers and retailers must provide technical documentation including a test report, and test reports performed by respective notified bodies in accordance with other Community legal regulations as evidence for proper marking with an energy label. Preparation of the above reports is one of the basic services provided by the Electrotechnical Testing Institute.Aside from this service, the manufacturer may also obtain an Electrotechnical Testing certificate verifying compliance with the requirements of directives by an independent third party.Last, but not least, our experts offer a review of documentation related to energy labeling, i.e. manuals, measurement methodologies and more.

Why have energy labeling done by EZÚ?

  • Guarantee of independent verification – increasing trust in relation to business partners
  • Guarantee of proper procedure for the fulfillment of legislative requirements
  • Cost savings for your own testing equipment
  • Ability to have technical documentation reviewed by expert personnel
  • Long term experience with energy labeling
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