Why did I get two different energy labels with my product?

The European Commission and the Member States have decided to revise the requirements for energy-labeled products and rescale the energy classes so that in future there will be only one scale from A to G for all product groups.

The revision will be introduced in stages and from 1 March 2021, the new A-G scale will apply for refrigerators, freezers, wine storage appliances, dishwashers, washing machines, combined washers-dryers, and electronic displays. For other product groups, the A-G scale is introduced as the legal requirements of the regulations are revised.

The revision means that in a transitional period from November 2020 to March 2021, there will be two energy labels in the packaging for the same product. One energy label is with the current energy classes (A +++ - D), and the other energy label is showing the rescaled scale of the future (A - G).

With the revised requirements, some of the test and calculation methods have changed, which means that values on the rescaled energy label may deviate slightly from the current label. However, the product is the same and similar changes are the same for all products within that product group.

After 1 March 2021, retailers have 14 working days to replace the existing energy label with the new energy label on all rescaled products in stores and online shops as well as in marketing materials. However, consumers should expect that double labeling of rescaled products will continue for a period after the introduction of the new rescaled A-G energy label on 1 March 2021.

Label2020 has informed retailers about double labelling and prepared the leaflet shown here below for consumers, which briefly describes the issue.