As of July 1st 2016, business owners can finally start enjoying the same energy-saving benefits of Ecodesign and energy labelling measures that consumers have for years. The measures will be applied to professional refrigerators, and the European Commission estimates it will save 6,3 TWh every year by 2020, and 15,6 TWh/year by 2030.
The electricity from 14 medium coal power plants or the CO2 emissions of 2.24 million cars — this is the scale of savings on offer if Europe refreshes the stale energy standards and label for domestic fridges and freezers. And some said the Ecodesign lemon was fully squeezed! No, according to new research for the European Commission, ten terawatt-hours in extra annual energy savings is up for grabs from 2030. If the Commission can shut the fridge door on some of the report’s shortcomings, we see potential for even higher savings.
Computerised cars are smart, but their designers have proven pretty dumb, at VW at least. With most household products looking at an unavoidable digital destiny, the question has to be asked — how clever are factory bosses in the home appliance sector? LG fell into the trap of using defeat devices on fridges, while more recently at least one TV maker seems to be smelling more of diesel fumes than roses.
A fresh market report on household refrigerators, washing machines and tumble dryers shows that while the EU energy label has done a great job over the years, progress is now slowing badly.
The results, based on complete sales data from market research company GfK, show that the EU energy labels have been effective in improving the energy efficiency of white goods. But success means they are now in need of a rescaling.