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Energy Labelling Requirements

Energy Labelling Requirements

At Label Craft we manufacture labels for all kinds of businesses from food and drinks, pharmaceutical and health care, through to retail. Each sector carrying its own types of requirements when labelling products. Many everyday products such as washing machines, refrigerators and cooking appliances carry energy labels and have been designed to meet minimum energy efficiency standards.

EU Requirements:

Regulation 2017/1369 (the EU “Energy Labelling Regulation”) sets out a framework of rules that apply in the UK for providing information relating to the energy efficiency, the consumption of energy and other resources as part of a product label. The objective of the EU Energy Labelling Regulation is to enable customers to choose products that are more efficient in order to reduce their energy consumption.

It is your responsibility to comply with the EU Energy Labelling Regulation when selling relevant products in the EU. You must also comply with other national requirements in the Member States in which you sell these products.

Please see below for further information about EU requirements.

UK Requirements:

From 1 January 2021 energy labelling in the UK as a result of the Eco-design for Energy Related Products and Energy Information Amendment EU Exit Regulations 2019 (the “UK Energy Information Regulations”) under a framework of rules that apply in the UK for providing information, an amended version of Regulation 2017/1369 (the “EU Energy Labelling Regulation”) relates to the energy efficiency, the consumption of energy and other resources as part of a product label. Different rules apply to goods you sell in: (1) Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales); and (2) Northern Ireland.

It is your responsibility to comply with the UK requirements if you are selling relevant products in the UK. If you also sell such products on Amazon EU website(s), then you must also comply with the EU Energy Labelling Regulation and with other national requirements in the countries in which you sell these products.

Please see below for further information about UK requirements.

This material is for informational purposes, and you should not take it as a substitute for legal advice. We encourage you to consult your legal counsel for any concerns about the laws and regulations concerning your product. This material only reflects the position at the date of writing and requirements across the EU and in the UK may change. You should refer to current UK Brexit guidance about your products (see below) to learn more about changes that may affect you from 1 January 2021.

1. EU requirements 

What products does the Energy Labelling Regulation apply to?

The Energy Labelling Regulation applies to “energy-related products”, these are products which have an impact on energy consumption during use, which are sold to consumers or used in the EU.

Examples of energy-related products are air conditioners and comfort fans, air heating and cooling products, lighting, televisions, tumble driers, computers, power transformers, vacuum cleaners, external power supplies and fridges.

The EU Energy Labelling Regulation does not apply to secondhand products, unless the secondhand product is imported from outside the EU.

Who has obligations under EU requirements for energy labelling?

The Energy Labelling Regulation sets out obligations for suppliers and dealers.

You are a “Supplier” if you are a manufacturer established in the EU, the authorized representative of a manufacturer who is not established in the EU, or an importer who makes a product available for sale/supply in the EU.

You are a “Dealer” if you offer energy-related products for sale, hire, or hire purchase, or display energy-related products to customers or installers in the course of a commercial activity, whether or not in return for payment.

What are the key EU requirements for energy labelling?

All energy-related products must display labels on a scale from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient). Please note this A-G scale replaces a previous scale of A+++ to G labels that was used before 2017. Labels from before 2017 will be “rescaled” to the new scale over time.

Energy-related products must be accompanied by a product information sheet. For certain product types, there are specific regulations relating to energy labelling (including televisions, computers and services, and tumble dryers., amongst others).

How are Suppliers affected by EU requirements for energy labelling?

Suppliers of energy-related products must: generally, take the following steps. Additional requirements may apply for certain products – you should always consult the specific regulations and relevant delegated acts.

How are Dealers affected by the EU requirements for energy labelling?

Dealers of energy-related products must: generally, take the following steps. Additional requirements may apply for certain products – you should always consult the specific regulations.

What if a product is non-compliant with EU requirements for energy labelling? 

If you are a supplier or a dealer, you must both cooperate with the authorities to remedy any non-compliance and also take action at your own initiative to do so.

Additional Information

We strongly encourage you to visit the European Commission’s website for more information on Energy Labelling Regulation:

1. UK requirements

What products are in the scope of UK requirements for energy labelling?

The EU Energy Labelling Regulation and UK Energy Information Regulations apply to “energy-related products”, these are products which have an impact on energy consumption during use, which are sold to consumers or used in the UK, but the provisions apply differently to Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales, “GB”) and Northern Ireland. You can read more about the position in Northern Ireland (“NI”) below.

Examples of energy-related products are air conditioners and comfort fans, air heating and cooling products, lighting, televisions, tumble driers, computers, power transformers, vacuum cleaners, external power supplies and fridges.

The legislation does not apply to secondhand products, unless the secondhand product is imported from outside the EU or UK).

Who has obligations under UK requirements for energy labelling?

The EU Energy Labelling Regulation and UK Energy Information Regulations set out obligations for suppliers and dealers.

You are a “Supplier” if you are a manufacturer established in the UK, the authorized representative of a manufacturer who is not established in the UK, or an importer who imports a product from outside GB. For details of importing into NI, see the “Northern Ireland” section below.

You are a “Dealer” if you offer energy-related products for sale, hire, or hire purchase, or display energy-related products to customers or installers in the course of a commercial activity, whether or not in return for payment.

What are the key UK requirements for energy labelling?

All energy-related products must display labels on a scale from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient). Please note this A-G scale replaces a previous scale of A+++ to G labels that was used before 2017. Labels from before 2017 will be “rescaled” to the new scale over time. This change will still be implemented in the UK after Brexit as planned.

Energy-related products must be accompanied by a product information sheet. For certain product types, there are specific regulations relating to energy labelling (including televisions, computers and services, and tumble dryers, amongst others).

How are suppliers affected by UK requirements for energy labelling?

Suppliers of energy-related products must generally take the following steps. Additional requirements may apply for certain products – you should always consult the specific regulations.

How are dealers affected by the UK requirements for energy labelling?

Dealers of energy-related products must generally take the following steps. Additional requirements may apply for certain products – you should always consult the specific regulations.

What if a product is non-compliant with UK requirements for energy labelling?

If you are a supplier or a dealer, you must both cooperate with the Office for Product Safety and Standards, Trading Standards (in Great Britain) and the Department for the Economy (in Northern Ireland) to remedy any non-compliance and also take action at your own initiative to do so.

Northern Ireland

Please note that different rules apply in NI from 1 January 2021 as a result of the Northern Ireland Protocol. In particular:

Authorized representatives can be based in NI or the EU. From 16 July 2021, new rules come into force under EU Regulation 2019/1020 and some businesses may need to appoint a responsible person in the EU or NI to carry out compliance functions (if there is no other entity in the supply chain who is able to carry out the functions). Further guidance on the new rules will be made available by the UK Government.

BREXIT: UK Government Guidance

The UK Government has released guidance on selling products in GB and NI from 1 January 2021. This guidance provides information for suppliers and dealers regarding compliance requirements, including on:

You should consult your legal counsel if you have questions about how the laws and regulations apply to your products from 1 January 2021. Our professional sales team at Label Craft can guide you through any requirements you may have. Please contact us at sales@label-craft.com

Thank you sincerely to all our customers for your support during these restricted times, we are so appreciative of your business and are here to support you in getting your product labels and cartons manufactured and delivered it the same high standard we have had in practice over the last 35 years in business. 

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