The new European Union (EU) energy labels have entered the market and are applied to four product groups: (1) refrigeration appliances, (2) washing machines and combined washing and drying machines, (3) dishwashers and (4) televisions and electronic screens. The change occurs in physical and online stores. For light sources, the new energy label is effective as of September 1, 2021.
The new energy labels are now classified on a scale from A to G. It should be remembered that the scale of the old ones was marked between A +++ and G, which made it difficult to differentiate between more efficient products (given the high amount of “+”). The new labeling also features other pictograms that complement the information about the products, as well as a QR code that allows direct access to the European Commission's product database. With these changes, the consumer will be able to make a more informed and easier choice.
To ensure the good implementation of the new regulation and to support the Portuguese market in the introduction of the new energy label, the Agency for Energy (ADENE) launched a website that provides accessible information for consumers and professionals. This initiative is part of the European Label 2020 project, financed by the Horizon 2020 program of the European Commission.
For the past 25 years, the EU energy label has been an essential tool for supporting consumers in purchasing more energy-efficient products. In the case of producers, labeling also motivates innovative manufacturing, by encouraging the development of more efficient products and with higher classes of the energy scale.