Finally, an Agreement for the EU Energy Labelling Directive - for nowBrussels, Belgium - It took many months of negotiations, but finally an agreement on the new Energy Labelling Directive has been found - which might very well be the only positive thing to say about the outcome. The Trialogue parties decided for a new scale with an upper limit of A+++, at least until the Energy Labelling Directive is revised again in 2014.
“No matter how we look at it, there is nothing positive about introducing three additional A-grades. Our goal should be to make energy efficiency an easy choice for consumers. Instead, decision makers are buying time until the next revision of the Directive in 2014“, says Mariangiola Fabbri, Energy Policy Officer at WWF.
“Already now, the text introduces a possibility of reclassifying the labels during the next revision – which clearly shows a lack of confidence in the new system. We can only hope that despite all the back and forth on labelling, consumers will learn to identify the most efficient products and even more so, buy them.“
The same hope can not be maintained when it comes to the purchases of Member States. The European Parliament tried to introduce an obligation to buy only the most efficient products in public procurement procedures – in vain.
For further information:
Mariangiola Fabbri, Energy Policy Officer, WWF European Policy Office
Tel: +32 2 743 09 36
Stephanie Rhomberg, Communications and Press Officer Climate & Energy, WWF European Policy Office
Tel: +32 2 743 88 06
Mob: +32 495 273 319