How Has Energy Labelling Changed?

For over 25 years, EU energy labels have helped consumers choose energy-efficient appliances. However, standards for the labelling system were revised in March 2021.

Under the previous system, with ratings from A+++ to G, more than 90% of products were labelled A+, A++, or A+++. As a result, energy labelling failed to provide a reliable indicator of how to make a purchasing decision based on its ratings. This has been replaced by a more consumer-centric, practical and intuitive system with standards ranging from a simple A to G.

The change applies to the following categories of LG home appliances: washing machines, washer-dryers, dishwashers, and fridge freezers including wine cellars.
*Source : https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/IP_21_818

What Has Changed in the Energy Label?

Change from old label to new label Change from old label to new label
The new, simpler A-G energy rating scale is stricter and designed so that very few products are initially expected to achieve the top “A” rating. This leaves space for products to become increasingly energy efficient in the future. Appliances that were previously rated as among the most energy-efficient products on the market are now typically labelled as “B”, “C” or “D”. This does not mean that they have become less energy efficient than previously; rather, it means there is greater ambition to strive for ever more sustainable technology in future.

Another significant change in labelling is the introduction of a QR code on the new-look label. By scanning the QR code, consumers can easily obtain additional information from the EU database. Other miscellaneous information (such as water usage, noise levels etc) is represented through simple and intuitive pictograms.
*Source : https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/IP_21_818
*Source : https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/MEMO_19_1596

Here's Our Guide to the New Labels

  • A new way to read the label on your washing machine

There is a washing machine on the left and an energy label in the centre, and it describes the components of the label. There is a washing machine on the left and an energy label in the centre, and it describes the components of the label.
*https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=uriserv:OJ.L_.2019.315.01.0285.01.ENG&toc=OJ:L:2019:315:TOC
  • A new way to read the label on your washer-dryer

There is a washer-dryer on the left and an energy label in the centre, and it describes the components of the label. There is a washer-dryer on the left and an energy label in the centre, and it describes the components of the label.
*https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=uriserv:OJ.L_.2019.315.01.0285.01.ENG&toc=OJ:L:2019:315:TOC
  • A new way to read the label on your fridge freezer

There is a fridge freezer on the left and an energy label in the centre, and it describes the components of the label. There is a fridge freezer on the left and an energy label in the centre, and it describes the components of the label.
  • A new way to read the label on your wine cellar

There is a wine cellar on the left and an energy label in the centre, and it describes the components of the label. There is a wine cellar on the left and an energy label in the centre, and it describes the components of the label.

Meet LG’s Sustainable Technologies

The cards below will help you learn more about the technologies unique to LG’s washing machines, washer-dryers and fridge freezers which support your energy-efficient, sustainable lifestyle.
*1) LG internal lab test based on EN60456:2016/A11:2020 with F6V7RWP1WE. 2) Energy, Spin and Noise grades are according to EU 2019/2014. 3) The result may depend on the usage environment.
**Tested by Intertek, based on IEC 60456 : edition 5.0. TurboWash39 cycle with 5kg of IEC load compared to Conventional Cotton Cycle with TurboWash (F4V9RWP2W vs. FC1450S2W). The results may be different depending on the environment.
***Compared to the refrigerator with LG conventional reciprocating compressor. Based on VDE testing comparing energy consumption and noise level between LGE model GBB530NSCXE and GBB530NSQWB.

FAQ on Energy Label Changes

Q.
Why has the energy efficiency grade changed so much?
A.
The new EU energy label has been introduced to make it easier for consumers to differentiate between more technologically advanced home appliances. Based on their level of efficiency, home appliances may be given a different grade on the new energy label scale. EU legislators decided to re-scale existing labels, leaving the upper grades empty to allow room for future technological progress. The energy efficiency of existing appliances has not changed, only the method by which that grading is calculated.
Q.
Why does my product have two labels?
A.
From 1 November 2020 to 1 March 2021, during the dual labelling period, manufacturers were required to place both versions of the label on product packaging. After that, only new labels started to be attached. This measure was meant to ensure that users had the correct information at the time of purchase.
Q.
Has the energy efficiency of the product also changed?
A.
No. In fact, technological innovation has made products much more efficient than they were several years ago.
Q.
Why are we still using the EU energy label now that we have left the EU?
A.
The UK Government encourages consumers to save energy by purchasing efficient products. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy consulted with stakeholders to decide whether or not to continue using energy labelling after Brexit. It was agreed that the energy label is still a widely used and highly valuable indicator for UK consumers, enabling them to better understand the energy efficiency of the products they choose.