Τhe European Commission has today launched a 12-week public consultation on ecodesign and energy labelling requirements for cooking appliances. This follows a call for evidence which ran from 2 to 30 May. The input from both of these surveys will feed into the Commission’s revisions to the existing legislation on the subject, scheduled for publication in the fourth quarter of 2024. However, the new rules (1 delegated act and 1 implementing act) would only enter into force following a period of scrutiny for the European Parliament and Council – with a possible transition period before the new requirements actually apply, in order to give manufacturers time to respond.
In 2013, the EU adopted introduced rules which set minimum energy efficiency requirements for ovens, hobs and range hoods (Regulation 65/2014), and established energy labelling rules on ovens and range hoods (Regulation 66/2014). These measures have contributed to the availability of more efficient cooking appliances on the EU market, which has led to energy savings for consumers.
In light of technological progress since 2013, this new initiative will
- assess to what extent the 2013 requirements should be updated;
- consider whether the scope of products covered should be expanded, to include, for example, ovens with microwave functions;
- evaluate energy labelling for hobs;
- assess air pollution concerns;
- consider setting material efficiency requirements, including reparability.
The consultation targets individuals and organisations with an interest in these rules. Feedback is particularly encouraged from the general public, public authorities, businesses, and non-governmental organisations. In line with EU's better regulation principles, the consultation will run for 12 weeks until 31 August 2023. The consultation is available in all 24 EU languages.
EU ecodesign requirements aim to make appliances more energy-efficient and thereby help the EU reduce greenhouse gas emissions (and reduce dependence on imports). They also help consumers to reduce their energy bills – reflecting the motto ‘the cheapest source of energy is the one we don’t consume’. The energy label is widely recognised by EU consumers and shown to encourage individuals to buy more energy-efficient products – as well as incentivising manufacturers to innovate in order to be classified in a higher energy-efficiency category.
- Publication date
- 8 June 2023
- Directorate-General for Energy