Country:European Union
Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:1992
Policy Type:Regulatory Instruments>Codes and standards, Regulatory Instruments>Other mandatory requirements
Policy Target:Lighting, Residential Appliances>Refrigeration

There are currently EU-level minimum efficiency standards for three product classes -- domestic hot-water boilers, refrigerators and fluorescent lighting ballasts. Standards for domestic gas- or oil-fired hot-water boilers (92/42/EC) were adopted in 1992 and become effective 1 January 1998. Standards for refrigerators (96/57/EC) was approved on 3 September 1996, and took effect 3 September 1999. These standards are linked to the energy efficiency label, excluding the majority of D, E, F and G class refrigerators from sale. Standards for fluorescent lighting ballasts (2000/55/EC) was approved in September 2000. A preliminary set of efficiency standards applied in 2003. In 2005, a second, more stringent set of standards was introduced. Unlike the case of labelling, there is no framework legislation providing the Commission or other competent body with the authority to introduce or revise efficiency standards on an on-going basis. Instead, for mandatory minimum energy efficiency standards to be passed it is necessary to seek separate approval on an appliance by appliance basis from the Council and the Parliament. There have been studies and technical proposals for EU standards on other products, namely clothes washers and dryers, but none have been enacted. In the future, the Commission intends to focus on negotiating voluntary agreements before developing additional regulatory standards.

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