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New Label driving supply and demand of energy efficient products

Project description

A new energy label on the EU market

Twenty years ago, the EU introduced energy labels for electric devices. The labels help consumers and producers turn to innovative, energy saving electric devices. The EU will rescale the outdated classes ranging from A+++ to D. Before the introduction of the new A-G class, the entire market should be well informed and prepared. The EU-funded LABEL 2020 project will support a dynamic campaign of guidance and assistance for all stakeholders. It will address consumers and professional buyers, retailers, suppliers, policymakers and public officers in targeted actions to ensure their attention, understanding and involvement in this change.


The EU energy label for products has been a key driver supporting innovation and market development for energy efficient products for more than 20 years. The label stimulated innovation by manufacturers and demand for energy efficient products by consumers and professional buyers. However the current label concept involving A+++ to D efficiency classes has become cumbersome and less effective and the EU therefore has decided to reinvent the original A-G class concept combined with future rescaling of classes based on technology and market development. The transition process until the new label is fully established and effectively used requires effective guidance and support of stakeholders ensuring correct implementation by suppliers and retailers as well as full understanding, high acceptance and efficient use of the new label by consumers and professional buyers. The LABEL 2020 project is designed as a comprehensive action supporting this transition process in a most effective way by supporting
+ consumers and professional buyers by means of effective information campaigns, services and tools. Services shall motivate and support buyers in the consideration and use of the new labels for their purchasing decision. Transparency of the label rescaling process shall be effectively supported.
+ retailers in the correct, efficient and effective implementation of the new label at the point of sale and in online shops including training for sales persons and supportive tools for the label promotion.
+ suppliers in the provision of correct labels and product information, to convince them to consider the label as an important tool for promotion of efficient products and to motivate them towards further innovation for energy efficient appliances.
+ policy makers, public administrators and multipliers in the use and promotion of the new label within national programs and schemes (e.g. green procurement, incentives).
+ development and exchange of best practice from campaigns.

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Net EU contribution
€ 559 780,00
1150 Wien

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Ostösterreich Wien Wien
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€ 559 780,00

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