EU Commission publishes revised energy labeling for air conditioners

Continuing efforts begun in November 2010, the Commission of the European Union (EU) has issued new regulations regarding the requirements for the energy labeling of air conditioners.

The new energy labeling requirements were published in July 2011 in the Official Journal of the European Communities, and replace the labeling requirements previously published in Directive 2002/31/EC regarding household air conditioners.

Energy labeling requirements for a variety of home appliances and electronic devices have been promulgated by the Commission in an effort to increase consumer knowledge about the actual energy consumption of comparable household appliances, thereby creating incentives for manufacturers to improve the energy efficiency of their respective products. During the past year, the Commission has issued revised energy labeling requirements for refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines and televisions.

Read the Commission’s revised energy labeling requirements for air conditioners.