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Legal background
Consumers are familiar with the energy label for household appliances. Since 1995 the label has helped them make an informed choice when purchasing an appliance.

The European legislation for the energy label is based on a framework Directive which lays down general principles and obligations. The framework Directive is complemented by a range of delegated Regulations which provide information specific to each product category. Each delegated Regulation corresponds to a product category that is covered by the European legislation.

In 2003, the success of the labelling scheme led the European Union to introduce two new classes for refrigerating appliances, A+ and A++. These new categories were placed on top of the A class to respond to a market-led demand for environmental-friendly products and to incentivise suppliers to develop even more efficient products in this category.

Revision of the label is now necessary to ensure continued transparency and clarity of information for consumers. The label has been a driver of technological progress in appliances. Advances in product design now means that the energy label must be updated to remain informative and relevant. It will also continue to stimulate innovative efficiency gains.

The European Union has now approved new labels to indicate energy efficiency beyond A. The new framework Directive entered into force on 19 June 2010. It introduces a new energy label layout which has nonetheless kept its uniform and simple design characteristics across the different product categories.