Stricter Standards of the European Union for Energy Efficiency Labels

Stricter Standards of the European Union for Energy Efficiency Labels

The European Parliament session that took place on the 19th of May, 2010 approved the expansion of the energy labels for appliances as well as introducing a new deadline by when all new facilities/buildings must adopt these standards and to significantly reduces the transmission of harmful gases (the so-called Zero Emission Standards). The deadline is set for

The European Parliament session that took place on the 19th of May, 2010 approved the expansion of the energy labels for appliances as well as introducing a new deadline by when all new facilities/buildings must adopt these standards and to significantly reduces the transmission of harmful gases (the so-called Zero Emission Standards).

The deadline is set for 2020, which is in accordance with 20-20-20 goal of the European Union. New energy label scheme, in addition to existing classifications (codes A through G), includes labels ‘+’ ‘+ +’ and’+++’ which are intended for a more precise specification of consumer devices. The decision obliges manufacturers of household and industrial appliances/devices to
emphasize the energy labeling scheme in advertising their products labeling the unit itself. Decision of the European Parliament, except devices that directly consume electricity, energy labels will have to be placed on products such as windows and doors, that is, products that directly impact on energy consumption. Members of the European Union have been ordered that they need to adapt these laws within a period of 12 months.

Tightening energy efficiency standards for appliances not only includes the new labeling classification, but includes a rigorous control for each device it is placed on. This attitude of the European Union is the result of the research conducted by the
British agency DEFRA, which included best-selling household appliances in the UK. The results showed that only 16 of the 24 tested products deserve a certification located on the packaging of the product. In the case of compact fluorescent light bulbs, only 8% of the tested deserves to retain a prominent class “A” certification. The UK government established a special agency to be responsible for monitoring the energy certification of products, to protect customers and ensure proper certification of products.

Energy labeling and testing of appliances is an area which is not given enough attention in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The lack of a competent authority in charge of energy certification will mostly affect joinery manufacturers (windows and doors) that export their products into the EU, especially following the decision of the European Parliament that these products should have energy labels. Another consequence is that customers in BiH cannot be sure of the energy labeled products they buy. The safest way to check the energy certification of devices for customers in BiH is generally accepted checks through the Energy
Star standards, which includes all manufacturers of electrical equipment that can be found on the market. The Energis portal, to all interested parties, offers instructions on how to check if the appliances meet the regulations of the Energy Star standards. The product database that meet the Energy Star standards are constantly updated and represents the best reference point when
checking the appliances power performance.

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