Energy efficiency label
ratings are changing

Fridges, washing machines, washer-dryers and dishwashers energy labels are getting revamped in 2021, in line with new regulations. Exit the A+++ ratings, welcome back the original A-G scale to help navigate easily.

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Why are energy labels changing?

First introduced 20 years ago, energy labels awarded a product with an A for high efficiency, or an F for low efficiency and encouraged manufacturers to drive innovation by using more energy efficient technologies. Over time, the scheme evolved and labels of A+, A++ and A+++ were added, adding confusion for consumers.

From 2021 onwards, these A+, A++, A+++ rankings will be phased out for refrigerators (including wine cellars), washing machines, washer-dryers and dishwashers and the new grading system will use only the A to G rankings.

The new regulations are for European consumers and will also apply in non-EU countries (e.g. Norway, Switzerland).

Source: https://europa.eu/youreurope/business/product-requirements/labels-markings/energy-labels/index_en.htm#shortcut-1

New energy labels for 2021 that include the new grading system with only A to G rankings featured.

What happens now?

These new labels will be visible in physical stores and online as of March 1st 2021. Old and new labels will both appear in your box if you purchase a fridge, washing machine, washer-dryer or dishwasher from September 2020.

A new element in these labels is a QR code which will provide consumers additional, official (non-commercial) information if they scan the code with a smartphone. This data available to any European citizen, is in the EPREL EU database.

Source: https://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-19-1596_en.htm

Close up of the new energy labels for 2021, including a new QR code to be used to get further information

See how the old and new labels compare

  • Old
  • New

Old

How the old labels worked

At the moment, the energy efficiency rating scale ranges from A+++ (the most efficient) to G (the least efficient) and only takes into account the following factors:

• Energy consumption
• Storage volume
• Whether or not the appliance has a freezer compartment

Image of the old energy label ratings that include the energy efficiency rating scale ranges from A+++ (the most efficient) to G (the least efficient)

New

How the new labels will work

For the first time, these new energy labels will display not only energy efficiency consumption, but also include other elements in line with improving overall sustainability. Depending on the products, the EU legislation on eco-design will include information on factors such as:

• Reparability
• Recyclability
• Maintenance
• Re-usability
• Upgrades
• Waste handling of appliances

Image of the new energy label ratings, with symbols that will include information on factors such as reparability, recyclability, maintenance, re-usability, upgrades and waste handling of appliances

See the new labels for each category

  • Fridges
  • Washing Machines
  • Washer Dryers
  • Dishwashers

Fridges

New 2021 energy rating label for a fridge

Washing Machines

New 2021 energy rating label for a washing machine

Washer Dryers

New 2021 energy rating label for a dishwasher

Dishwashers

New 2021 energy rating label for a washer dryer

What does it mean for your
Samsung products?

Our refrigerators, washing machines, washer-dryers and dishwashers energy labels are aligned with the new legislation. We strive for our products to not only be as energy efficient as possible, but also as powerful and innovative as they can be.

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