Introducing Energy Labels: A new way to be 'Energetically Efficient'
Reaching the 'Energy Efficiency' target is one of the main objectives of the Green Deal. The EU energy label pretends to be – together with minimum “ecodesign” requirements - a success story that will be key in boosting the energy efficiency of everyday electric appliances like lighting, heating, fridges, freezers and televisions, but also products like fuel boilers, tyres, motors, transformers, converters, fans, vacuums, heaters and air conditioners. Putting energy efficiency first is a key objective of the EU, as energy savings are the easiest way of saving money for customers and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions along with the Green Deal requirements. The EU has set binding targets of reducing our energy consumption through improvements in energy efficiency by 2030 by at least 32.5%, relative to a ‘business as usual’ scenario.
The labels will go from A (the best energy efficient product) to G (the worst energy efficient product). These are the new projected labels:
- Washing machines and washer driers.
- Refrigerators and wine storage fridges.
- Electronic displays.
- Comercial Fridges: Type 1, Type 2 and Type 3.
Tyre energy labels will provide a clear and common classification of tyres performance for rolling resistance, braking on wet surfaces and external noise. The labels will help consumers make informed decisions when they are buying tyres as they will easily set their priority choice based on the 3 parameters. At the same time, the labels will drive manufacturers to innovate to make their tyres appear in the top classes by being more fuel efficient, safer and quieter. In addition to the standard label, there will be also options for including (next to the noise icon) an icon relating to grip in icy conditions and/or severe snow conditions. This gives consumers 4 label options in total. Tyres suitable for severe snow conditions bear the “3 peaks and snow” or “alpine” symbol that is also present on the sidewall of such tyres. Nordic winter tyres for use on iced surfaces will feature a new symbol that represents an ice stalagmite. Standardised tests are used to assess the performance of tyres in all the 5 parameters indicated in the label. National authorities may check the veracity of the performance levels claimed. The QR code, read with a smartphone or other suitable reader, is intended to provide additional information from a European Commission database.
New Tyres' Energy Labels
The European Green Deal pretends to be the lifeboat Europe needs to stop the Climate Change, making our region responsible towards one of the main problems in our lifes. Together, united as one region like in many other times, will be able to push this forward and have the continent we all deserve.