14 Jul 16

What will the new EU energy label look like?

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.