The European Parliament approved today the EU energy label reform for home, professional and commercial appliances – a move that is expected to cut energy use and household bills across Europe.
Europe is closer to a refreshed A-G energy efficiency label on TVs, fridges and other goods than ever before. Last week the European Parliament put its cards on the table and today negotiations with member state representatives begin.
The political battle lines are important, with real threats of homes locked to fossil fuel heating to as late as 2030; clean tech strangled by incumbent players; useful information blocked from consumer ads; and much-needed government enforcement measures rejected.
Here we sum up the good and the bad of the Parliament and government positions now being thrashed out ahead of a final deal expected by October.
Europe’s A-G energy label will be free of all plus categories within five years, if the European Parliament’s appointed lead Dario Tamburrano gets his way. A draft report by the 5 Star MEP, that went public yesterday, will be the basis of negotiations within the industry committee and set the tone of the overall Parliament position. Coolproducts welcomed the report. Its recommendations would boost the power of the energy label to shape the development of energy efficient products and better empower consumers.