European Energy Partnership Urges More Labelling

6th Jul 2012

The European Partnership for Energy and the Environment (EPEE) has urged policy makers to support a compromise on energy labelling for boilers and heat pumps.

The association wants the European Commission to adopt a single energy label for all makes of heaters, something which would highlight the large energy gains that are possible from using heat pumps as well as encouraging a move towards more energy efficient fossil fuels boilers. A single label would also enable consumers to make quick decisions about different technologies by being able to compare different products easily and quickly.

The continuing use of separate labels would undermine the emerging market in heat pumps and other renewable energy generation technologies the EPEE feels. It would also confuse consumers who would not be able to gain an accurate idea of how best to heat their properties in an efficient manner.

The motion for a compromise on a single label has brought together a majority of policy makers and stakeholders across Europe. Such a label would display the efficiency value of new boilers and heat pumps as well as potentially displaying the A+++ class for all products on the market.

“We have a good energy label system for home heating technologies” said Andrea Voigt, EPEE Director General. “Now is the time to agree on it and start giving clear advice to consumers – for their and all the EU’s economic benefit.”