Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:2002
Date Amended:


Policy Type:Information and Education>Performance Label>Endorsement label, Regulatory Instruments
Policy Target:Lighting>Space heating, Residential Appliances>Cooking & Laundry, Residential Appliances>Refrigeration, Lighting
Agency:Energy Agency for Electric Appliances (EAE)
Enforcement:Regular Inspections

The Swiss government approved energy labelling for large household appliances, in line with EU legislation, in January 2002. Originally implemented within the SwissEnergy programme, labelling requirements now correspond with those of the European Union, specifically Article 1.2 of the EU Energy Ordinance. Energy labels replace the "energy efficiency" label limited to electronic devices. The new label ranks refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, washing machines, and clothes dryers on a scale ranging from A/green to G/red, according to their electricity consumption. In 2004, two new categories of efficiency further expanded the range of classification. While the majority of household refrigerators and freezers sold on the Swiss market qualify for an A energy-efficiency rating, the introduction of two new categories (A+ and A++) now enables Swiss consumers to identify the most efficient models. In adopting an EU-style regulation, Switzerland also modified the domestic calculation of the standard consumption of refrigeration appliances. The minimum requirements for new appliances are gradually being tightened. From 2009 category A will be required for new household appliances, such as ovens, freezers, refrigerators, dishwashers and washing machines. Standby use in consumer electronics and information technology equipment must be reduced, as a first step, to a range from 0.3 watt for mobile phones to 8 watt for set-top boxes. If similar obligations are enforced in the EU, the minimum category for household lamps will be E from 2008, D from 2012 and B from 2015. From 2010, minimum energy efficiency requirements will be set for ballasts and street lighting.


The 2008 Action Plan for Energy Efficiency sets out minimum requirements for electric devices and accelerated target agreements for specific categories of appliances (Best Practice strategy), which were elaborated with the private sector and take account of the product standards of the European Union (EU), Switzerland’s largest trading partner.

Adopted in 2009, for the first time it stipulates energy use regulations for electric appliances, thereby expanding the energy labelling obligation in effect since 2003. They include:

  • Minimum requirements for household appliances with energy labelling;
  • Minimum requirements for electronic devices: Minimum requirements for electric lighting;
  • Minimum requirements for electric motors.

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