By: Elena Finocchi, EMEA Regulatory Program Expert
Energy efficiency is key to moderating energy demand; improving the efficiency of energy-related products through informed customer choice and harmonizing related requirements at the union level will also benefit manufacturers, industry and the European Union economy overall.
In this framework, the European community issued for washing machines and washer-dryer products a new Energy Labelling Regulation (EU) 2019/2014 and a new ecodesign regulation (EU) 2019/2023.
In addition to the new energy label with the reintroduced simpler energy efficiency scale from A to G, the European Commission also changed the test method based on which product performance are measured introducing some big novelties that will highly impact product features and performances such as:
- Rinsing effectiveness tests
- Laundry temperature measurements
- Additional test series with the introduction of the “quarter load”
- Limit on the maximum time per cycle
Regulations will be enforced on March 1, 2021, but a copy of the new energy label has to be available to the market by Nov. 1, 2020.