What are the essential new features of the new labelling scheme?
There is one single scale for all rescaled products, covering from A to G. A+, A++ and A+++ are not in use anymore. The colour scale in the label hasn't been changed, it has become a central element to the energy label making it easily recognisable and useable.
The label links to further online-based information via a QR-code (upper right corner on the label). Consumers can now learn more about the product by scanning the code with a smartphone.
Most icons showing product features from the old label are the same in the new version. However, some have been slightly adapted for clarity, and there are a few new icons (e.g. the spinning efficiency class of a washing machine, energy efficiency in HDR-mode for TVs and displays).
The energy consumption of the products is shown in a more prominent way in the middle section of the label. Consumption is presented either as kWh per year, kWh per 1000 hours or kWh per 100 cycles, depending on the product group.
For online shops
Products displayed in online shops are labelled with a simplified diagram showing the energy efficiency class with a green arrow.