Reforms in Energy Labels and Ecodesign Requirements Leading to a
Better Future

Energy labels are critical in making sure home appliances are maximally sustainable, leading to greater degrees of energy efficiency and a consistent level of quality and performance. Now those energy levels have been changed to reflect modern levels of sustainability, with ratings from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient) rather than the previous system of A+, A++, and A+++.

The new labels aim to reward energy-efficient products while in parallel setting stricter ecodesign requirements and improved environmental performance - energy label reforms that fit our brand vision perfectly.

At Grundig, we believe that a home isn’t just a shelter surrounded by four walls separating us from the outside world. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. It’s where we learn fundamental human values, where we learn to respect, to share, to be kind and generous. What has spurred us on is this whole time is the belief that the core values that make us better human beings start at home. And what we learn inside is then reflected outside.

Our homes are connected to the outside world in ways we cannot imagine. Little things we do inside, can have a great impact outside. With the smallest everyday actions, we firmly believe we can create a better future.

The industry is moving in the parallel direction we’ve been following for a better future. The new energy labels and energy regulations were developed to respond to consumer & conscious consumption needs at homes, and they apply to 4 groups of Grundig household appliances:

1) Dishwashers
2) Washing machines and washer-driers
3) Refrigerators, including freezers, minibars, and wine storage appliances
4) Electronic displays, including televisions.

Let’s take a look at the two most prominent changes:

1. New energy labels make more sense and more intuitive

Labelling used to involve A+, A++, A+++, ratings, meaning that consumers might purchase an A+ appliance without realizing it wasn’t maximally energy efficient. Now, labels range from a simple A to G, with A as the highest rating and G the lowest. Furthermore, to encourage innovation, getting an A rating is currently much harder than it was previously.       

2. A focus on ecodesign in line with a more sustainable future

With the new regulations, design is a critical part of becoming more environmentally friendly and energy efficient. Ecodesign requirements now refers specifically to making sure that products are more sustainable and that design features combine energy efficiency with aesthetic beauty.

As part of ecodesign requirements, new spare parts regulations have been put in place requiring spare parts to be easier to repair and replace in order to achieve a high rating. Easily accessible maintenance information is another feature that puts sustainability, quality and design as a top priority of the new labels.

In short, this change in energy regulations is a a huge step forward for the industry and for Grundig, as we’ve been placing aesthetic beauty and sustainability at the forefront of our priorities. With the changes, appliances like Grundig’s that focus more on sustainability will be rewarded by energy labels, encouraging to innovate and move us into a more sustainable future. Our innovative products have just this focus, allowing them to be maximally energy efficient and helping us earn high class ratings for the new labelling system.

We use appliances every day of our lives, and when we unite together to celebrate sustainability with each action we take, all of us help do our part to make the world better place. These energy labels are just one more step towards our ultimate goal.

Dishwashers

Energy Labels for dishwashers are changing. After March 1st, 2021, all energy levels will be listed from A to G rather than A+, A++, and A+++.

The new labels aim to reward energy-efficient products while in parallel setting stricter eco-design requirements and improved environmental performance - energy label reforms that fit our brand vision perfectly.

The new regulations cover not only energy efficiency but also energy consumption. The levels of energy consumption considered acceptable were lowered.

The energy efficiency class of dishwashers is based on the energy consumption of the “Eco” programme. The “Eco” programme is able to clean normally soiled dishes in an energy efficient manner that conserves water as well. This is the most efficient programme due to this energy and water conservation.

Energy rating labels provide a lot of valuable information about a product. Here is what an energy rating label for dishwashers looks like and here is what the symbols and numbers stand for:

  1. QR Code
  2. Scale of energy efficiency classes (A – G )
  3. Energy efficiency class
  4. Energy consumption of Eco programme in kWh per 100 cycles (New)
  5. Rated capacity in standard place settings for the Eco program
  6. Water consumption of Eco program in litres per cycle (New)
  7. Duration of the Eco program (New)
  8. Noise level in dBA and noise emission class (New)(Sound power level reference to 1 pW)
Washing Machines

Energy Labels for washing machines and washer-dryers are changing. After March 1st, 2021, all energy levels will be listed from A to G rather than A+, A++, and A+++.

The new labels aim to reward energy-efficient products while in parallel setting stricter eco-design requirements and improved environmental performance - energy label reforms that fit our brand vision perfectly.

The new regulations cover not only energy efficiency but also energy consumption. The levels of energy consumption considered acceptable were lowered.

The energy efficiency class of washing machines is based on the energy consumption of new “Eco 40- 60” programme. The “Eco 40-60” programme is recommended to wash your normally soiled, durable cotton and linen laundry declared to be washable at 40°C or 60°C on the care label.

Here is what an energy rating label for washing machines looks like and here is what the symbols and numbers stand for: 

  1. QR code (New)
  2. Scale of energy efficiency classes (A-G)
  3. Energy efficiency class
  4. Weighted energy consumption in kWh per 100 cycles (New) (For the calculation of consumption values, quarter, half and full loads values are taken into consideration.)
  5. Rated capacity in kg
  6. Weighted water consumption in liters per cycle (New) (For the calculation of consumption values, quarter, half and full loads values are taken into consideration.)
  7. Duration of the “Eco 40-60” program at rated capacity (New) (The program ‘Eco 40-60’ is the basis to determine energy consumption, water consumption, washing, spinning and rinsing efficiency, residual dampness, noise and programme duration.)
  8. Spin efficiency class
  9. Noise level during spin cycle in dBA*** and noise emission class (New)(Sound power level reference to 1 pW)
Washer Dryer

Energy Labels for washing machines and washer-dryers are changing. After March 1st, 2021, all energy levels will be listed from A to G rather than A+, A++, and A+++.

The new labels aim to reward energy-efficient products while in parallel setting stricter eco-design requirements and improved environmental performance - energy label reforms that fit our brand vision perfectly.

The new regulations cover not only energy efficiency but also energy consumption. The levels of energy consumption considered acceptable were lowered.

The energy efficiency class of washing machines is based on the energy consumption of new “Eco 40- 60” programme. The “Eco 40-60” programme is recommended to wash your normally soiled, durable cotton and linen laundry declared to be washable at 40°C or 60°C on the care label. Here is what an energy rating label for washer-dryers looks like and here is what the symbols and numbers stand for:

  1. QR code (New)
  2. Scale of energy efficiency classes (A-G)
  3. Energy efficiency class of the complete cycle & 2 Energy efficiency class of the washing cycle
  4. Weighted energy consumption of the complete cycle in kWh per 100 cycles (New)
  5. Weighted energy consumption of the washing cycle in kWh per 100 cycles (New)
  6. Rated capacity for the complete cycle in kg & 2 Rated capacity for the washing cycle in kg
  7. Weighted water consumption of the complete cycle in litres per cycle (New) & 2 Weighted water consumption of the washing cycle in litres per cycle (New)
  8. Duration of the complete cycle at rated capacity (New) & 2 Duration of the washing cycle at rated capacity (New)
  9. Spin efficiency class (New)
  10. Noise level during spin cycle in dBA and noise emission class (New) (The program ‘Eco 40-60’ is the basis to determine energy consumption, water consumption, washing, spinning and rinsing efficiency, residual dampness, noise and programme duration. For the calculation of consumption values, quarter, half and full loads values are taken into consideration. Sound power level reference to 1 pW.)
Refrigerators

Energy Labels for home appliances are changing. After March 1st, 2021, all energy levels will be listed from A to G rather than A+, A++, and A+++.

The new labels aim to reward energy-efficient products while in parallel setting stricter eco-design requirements and improved environmental performance - energy label reforms that fit our brand vision perfectly.

The new regulations cover not only energy efficiency but also energy consumption. The levels of energy consumption considered acceptable were lowered.

For refrigerators, energy labels have been updated and the way compartment volumes are measured has been changed as well.

Here is what an energy rating label for refrigerators looks like and here is what the symbols and numbers stand for: 

  1. QR code (New)
  2. Scale of energy efficiency classes (A-G)
  3. Energy efficiency class
  4. Annual energy consumption in kWh per year
  5. Total volume of the frozen compartments
  6. Total volume of all chill and unfrozen compartments
  7. Noise level in dBA* and noise emission class (New) (Sound power level reference to 1 pW.)
Electronic Displays

Some specific regulations have been rolled out that apply to televisions and electronic displays. The new ratings focus on how energy efficient they can be given the size of the screen. Overall energy efficiency is measured, with ratings based on how much energy is used when the tv is off, on standby, connected to the internet, and so on. Ecodesign requirements such as the availability of spare parts and repair information also apply to television sets.

  1. QR code (New)
  2. Scale of energy efficiency classes (A-G)
  3. Energy efficiency class determined in accordance with point B of Annex II when using PmeasuredSDR
  4. On mode energy consumption in kWh per 1 000 h, when playing SDR content, rounded to the nearest integer
  5. The energy efficiency class determined in accordance with point B of Annex II when using PmeasuredHDR
  6. The on mode energy consumption in kWh per 1 000 h, when playing HDR content, rounded to the nearest integer
  7. Visible screen diagonal in centimetres and inches and horizontal and vertical resolution in pixels
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