What are the main differences between the old and the new label?
The new labelling system allows up to three classes (A+ to A+++) to be added on top of class A so as to provide consumers with more differentiation between products. If the majority of the market reaches the upper two classes (A++, A+++), the classification will be reviewed. However, it is expected that classes A+++ are close to the technological limit of possible efficiency improvements.
Post date: 22 Dec 2010
Günther Oettinger, European Commissioner for Energy, welcomed the adoption of the Energy Labelling Directive by the European Parliament. The existing Labelling Directive introduced the energy label for household appliances such as refrigerators, freezers, ovens, air-conditioners, dishwashers, washing machines, washer-driers, tumble driers and lamps. The recast of the Directive extends its scope to also cover products in the commercial and industrial sectors in the future.
Post date: 25 May 2010
"It is of the utmost importance that the EU maintain its global lead as the world shifts towards a low-carbon economy," says Commissioner Hedegaard. "This is critical for Europe's future economic growth, our competitiveness, the creation of new jobs and our energy security. We have gained a head start with the 2008 climate and energy package but to maintain European leadership requires the help of business."
Post date: 14 May 2010
Günther Oettinger, Commissioner responsible for energy said: "The Covenant of Mayors has become a key element of the EU sustainable energy policy. Regions and cities are demonstrating that climate mitigation is one of the best economic recovery strategies. Investment into the reduction of CO2 emissions and energy efficiency creates jobs which by their nature cannot be delocalised."
Post date: 5 May 2010
The proposal forms part of the so-called "energy efficiency package" (1), presented by the Commission in November 2008 with the aim of contributing to the EU's target of reducing 20% of the energy consumption and having a 20% share of energy from renewable sources by 2020.
Post date: 20 Apr 2010
"We congratulate the winners of these awards. Whether public or private sector, they are all living proof that organisations which invest and innovate in energy efficiency can bring immense benefits to themselves while making a leading-edge contribution to a more sustainable Europe.
Post date: 19 Apr 2010
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Post date: 19 Apr 2010
European Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger said: "This is an example of how an idea presented during last year’s Covenant of Mayors Ceremony is now a reality and having an impact on the ground. ELENA is a chance for cities and regions to help themselves by implementing Sustainable Energy Action Plans that create jobs, and at the same time help Europe as a whole meet its climate goals. After the strong response from cities and regions, we intend to double available ELENA funding to EUR 30 million.”
Post date: 30 Mar 2010
Read the complete keynote speech here.
Post date: 26 Mar 2010
Commissioner Oettinger will kick of the event today, 23 March, with an
opening speech "Europe 2015 and beyond". The European Sustainable Energy
Week running from 22 to 26 March 2010, will feature nearly 90 events in
Brussels and some 270 energy days across 28 European countries.
The EU Sustainable Energy Week is the high point of a year-long effort
undertaken by the over 1,200 organisations and 10,000 people that are
involved in the Sustainable Energy Europe Campaign. Launched in 2005 by
the EC it aims to support the EU targets within the fields of renewable
Post date: 23 Mar 2010