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Framework for energy efficiency labelling [EU legislation in progress]

Written by Alex Wilson (4th edition),

Framework for energy efficiency labelling

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On 15 July 2015, the Commission proposed a new regulation on energy efficiency labelling as part of its summer energy package. The proposed regulation seeks to restore the A-G scale for energy labelling; create a mechanism for rescaling products that can accommodate further improvements in energy efficiency; establish a product database on energy efficiency; and introduce a safeguard procedure to improve national market surveillance. Detailed legislation on energy labelling of household appliances would subsequently be adopted in the form of delegated acts. While the proposal is supported by consumer and environmental groups, industry groups are concerned that a major change in energy labelling could have a negative impact on both producers and consumers, acting as a disincentive to greater energy efficiency.

The Council adopted a general approach in November 2015. The Parliament approved a set of legislative amendments in July 2016. Several trilogue meetings were held at political and technical level in autumn 2016. Ongoing institutional dialogue to resolve the remaining areas of disagreement may see further trilogue negotiations.



Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council setting a framework for energy efficiency labelling and repealing Directive 2010/30/EU
Committee responsible:


Industry, Research, Energy (ITRE)

Dario Tamburrano (EFDD, Italy)

COM(2015) 341 of 15.07.2015

procedure ref.:2015/0149(COD)

Ordinary legislative procedure

Next steps expected: Further round of trilogue negotiations with view to securing agreement

Stage: voted in plenary

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