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EU Commission Updates Energy Labeling Requirements for Smartphones/Tablets

The Commission of the European Union (EU) has supplemented its energy labeling requirements to include smartphones and tablets.

Published in the Official Journal of the European Union, the stated goal of Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2023/1669 is to “limit the energy consumption of smartphones and slated tablets in 2030 to 23.3 TWh, meaning 35% of primary energy consumption is saved compared to what would happen if no measures were taken.”

Toward that end, the Delegated Regulation sets forth in Annex III specific requirements for the labeling of smartphones and tablets. Details to be shown on the label include the supplier’s model identifier, battery endurance data, and a QR code allowing users to access additional information. Further, Annex II details “energy efficiency classes,” which are assigned based on the energy efficiency index rating of a given device, from “most efficient” to “least efficient.” Information regarding a device’s energy efficiency class must also be included on the product energy label.

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The requirements under the Delegated Regulation are applicable to smartphones and tablets from June 20, 2025.

Read the Commission’s Delegated Regulation on energy labeling requirements for smartphones and tablets as published in the Official Journal.

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