The European Commission published today a proposal for recasting the EU Directive on Energy Efficiency, aimed at further stimulating EU efforts to promote energy efficiency and achieve energy savings in the fight against climate change. This initiative forms part of the Commission package of proposals “Delivering on the European Green Deal”, with a view to reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030 and the ultimate objective of becoming climate neutral by 2050.
The new EU Ecodesign measures for electric motors and variable speed drives that came into force on July 1, 2021, are aimed at improving the energy efficiency of these products across the EU. Applicable to AC induction motors * (such as those found in washing machines, air conditioners, or heat pumps), the new rules update the previous 2009 regulation.
To help EU consumers cut their energy bills and carbon footprint, a brand new version of the widely-recognised EU energy label will be applicable in all shops and online retailers from Monday, 1 March 2021. The new labels will initially apply to four product categories – fridges and freezers, dishwashers, washing machines, and television sets (and other external monitors).