Energy efficiency regulations apply to energy-using and energy-related products which are defined as any item/good having an impact on energy consumption during use.
Our coverage of energy efficiency in C2P focuses on laws and regulations that contain mandatory energy labeling requirements and energy efficiency requirements for products.
Minimum energy performance standards (MEPS)
Minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) require products to meet a minimum level of energy performance before they are placed on the market. These standards aim to eliminate inefficient products from the market by prohibiting the sale of products that fail to meet a minimum performance level. Various jurisdictions have used mandatory MEPS as a means for setting energy efficiency requirements for their products to protect the environment by lowering energy consumption.
Energy efficiency labeling
Energy efficiency labeling legislation enables consumers to make informed purchasing choices with regard to the energy consumption of their products by allowing them to compare the efficiency of a product with that of other makes and models.
These products must be supplied with an energy efficiency label and standard energy product information. The label will show the energy efficiency class of the product based on an energy scale. Information on the energy efficiency of the product must often be included in advertising and technical promotional material.
These laws may also require the label, energy efficiency information and supplier information to be registered in a central database for market surveillance purposes.
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