West Midlands MEP Daniel Dalton is backing new labelling rules to help customers choose low-energy “white goods” such as cookers and fridges.
The new rules making energy–labelling much more simple and clear were voted through by the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
Daniel said: “Consumers need and deserve clarity and everyone will benefit from the new and clearer labelling.”
The existing system includes the rankings A+, A++ and A+++ – so a product with an A rating may be one of the most inefficient and expensive to run. The new labels will give ratings from A to G.
The legislation also introduces a publicly-available product database to help people make choices based on more than just purchase cost. It is anticipated that these new calculations can be factored into price-comparison websites and apps.
Daniel, who is also the Conservative consumer affairs spokesman, added, “Many people find the current labelling confusing and the new ratings will make it easier to judge what are the most energy-efficient and cost-efficient products.
“Consumers need to be able to find out if a cheap appliance will cost considerably more to run than a more expensive model. It’s about choice and clarity and these new rules will help make that a reality.”