The new regulations will allow consumers to reward innovation, ensuring that the market evolves in line with the European sustainability targets.
The new energy labels will appear from March 2021 and will be more reliable, visible and of greater impact, directing consumers to the most efficient and environmentally friendly products:
- Re-introduction of the original A to G scale with periodic rescaling every 10 years (ratings A+, A++ and A+++ will disappear)
- The energy efficiency ratings will have to appear on promotional materials and on online sale channels.
- Obligation to register the product information in the European EPREL database which will help the market surveillance authorities to verify that the products fulfil the energy efficiency requirements and that the information on the label is accurate.
For the so-called Ecodesign Lot 12 sector, namely the display cabinets for direct sale, both the Energy Labelling and the Ecodesign that introduces precise energy efficiency limits for marketing the products, will apply.
- Remote display cabinets
- Plug-in cabinets
- Ice-cream freezers
- Commercial beverage coolers
- Ice-cream display
- Refrigerated vending machines
From March 1st, 2021, all products shall have a printed label that must comply, in format and information, with the new law.
The information on the label must be obtained with reliable, accurate and reproducible measurement and calculation methods (according to standard EN/ISO 23953 for refrigerated display cabinets, EN 16902 for commercial beverage coolers and EN 16901 for ice cream freezers) based on technically supported and recognised procedures.
Moreover a product information sheet with the technical data will be required and, upon request of the market surveillance authorities of the member states, the full technical documentation will have to be provided.
The same obligations apply also to online sales.
For the first time, the new regulations introduce detailed rules on the circular economy, for which the European Union has a precise action plan.
The concept of circular economy envisages that all products and materials are highly valued, unlike the traditional linear economy model based on “take-use-dispose”.
When a product reaches the end of its life, the materials must be maintained, where possible, within the economic cycle, using them many times in the productive cycle, re-using, repairing, reconditioning and recycling them, thus creating further value.
The goals of the circular economy are to extend the product’s life, produce long-lasting goods, recondition and reduce waste production, in order to develop a sustainable economy producing less carbon dioxide emissions, using resources efficiently and staying competitive.
In particular, the new Ecodesign regulation contains specific requirements regarding the availability and the maximum delivery time for the spare parts, information on repair, maintenance and specific dismantling instructions to recover and recycle the materials to prevent disposal.
The controls and the surveillance, namely the activities carried out and the measures issued by the competent authorities to guarantee that the products are compliant with the applicable requirements established by the harmonisation legislation and do not endanger health, safety or any other aspect of public interest protection, shall remain the responsibility of the individual Member States of the European Union.