Dishwashers throughout Europe consume 317 million m3 of water each year and around 31 TWh of electricity – this is higher than the residential electricity consumption of Poland.
With over 8.7 million dishwashers being sold each year in the EU, it is key for Europe to limit their impact on the environment by improving their energy efficiency and durability.
What’s the European Union doing?
Ecodesign regulations and energy labelling for domestic dishwashers entered into force in December 2010. Since December 2016, to be placed on the EU market, all dishwasher models need to be in the energy efficiency class A+ or higher.
This means that the regulation adopted 8 years ago is in urgent need of a revision. 60% of models placed on the market in 2014 were A++ or A+++.
After a 2-year study, the European Commission has put forward a proposal to revise these rules. Besides improving the energy efficiency of dishwashers, the European institutions are now looking at making the products easier to repair and recycle, with requirements on the availability of spare parts, of technical information necessary for repair, and simpler design for repair.
The updated rules are likely to be part of the package of Ecodesign & Energy Labelling measures to be adopted by the end of 2018.
What does the Coolproducts campaign want?
Set the A to G classes at an ambitious level to foster innovation (i.e. including for the bottom classes, and with the A class empty at the outset);
Make the minimum energy efficiency requirements much more ambitious: The latest proposal doesn’t foresee any change until Tier 2 in 2024;
Stop basing the Energy Label on the performance of the Eco-programme only. This programme is only used in 19% of the cases, we need a more representative method that reflects how consumers use their products;
Maintain and reinforce the requirements to ensure better durability, repairability and recyclability of dishwashers.