From Wednesday onwards, a new version of the EU energy label will apply in all shops and online sales outlets for lightbulbs and other illuminants. The lamps again only have an identifier between “A” as the best rating and “G” as the worst rating. The intermediate levels such as “A ++” introduced since 2015, which confused many buyers, are no longer available in favor of the clearer scale.
There is a transition period of 18 months so that existing stocks can be reduced. In this, light sources according to the old logo program can still be sold in shops. In online retailing, however, the old labels must be replaced with the new ones within 14 working days.
New “stricter” scale
The EU Commission also explains the step by stating that manufacturers have generally greatly improved the energy efficiency of light sources. More than half of the LED modules are now in class A ++, almost all of them make it to level A +. The new scale is also “stricter” in that “initially only very few products reach classes A and B”. This leaves room “for future, even more efficient products”. The “most energy-efficient products” currently on the market are typically still in classes C or D.
An estimated 1,500 million light sources were sold in the EU in 2020. The commission estimates that this amount is likely to decrease by 60 percent to 600 million by 2030. At the same time, the number of lamps used will increase by more than 17 percent. The difference is due to the higher energy efficiency and, above all, the longer service life of LED lights. The average private household in the EU bought seven light sources a year in 2010, but only four in 2020.
Since March 1, there has also been a new energy efficiency label for household appliances such as refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines as well as televisions and screens. This was decided by the EU Parliament in 2017. In addition, the EU Commission is currently working on updating the license plate programs for other types of equipment such as tumble dryers, heaters, air conditioning systems and stoves.