The legislation in force since March 2021 makes the new EU Energy Labels mandatory for household appliances and other equipment, with new energy efficiency classes.
Since March 2021, following the new dedicated legislation, the new energy labels are mandatory for household appliances and other equipment, with revised energy efficiency classes, launched by the European Union. Here you will find all useful information on the topic.
The energy label aims to show the consumer the energy efficiency data in summary, in order to allow better comparison with other products.
Thanks to the investments in research and development made by companies over the last few years, we have witnessed, for example, a shift of the classic “class A” towards ever lower consumption bands: A +, A ++, A +++, generating confusion in consumers.
This, and more, made it necessary to review this information, which we will find updated with the new labels. The previous “plus” classes (A +++, A ++ and A +) will no longer apply. The energy efficiency classes available now range from A to G.
Products affected by the new Regulations
Freezers for ice cream and display cases for bulk ice cream
Supermarket refrigerated cabinets and / or freezers
Since 1 March 2021 it is also mandatory for commercial refrigerators for direct sales.
What information is shown on the new energy label?
Take for example the new label for refrigeration appliances with a direct sales function and see what it exhibits:
I. QR code;
II. brand or name of the supplier;
III. supplier model identifier;
IV. scale of energy efficiency classes from A to G;
V. energy efficiency class;
YOU. annual energy consumption (AE) in kWh per year, rounded to the nearest integer;
VII. for refrigerated vending machines: sum of the net volumes of all compartments at operating temperatures for refrigeration, expressed in liters (l) and rounded to the nearest integer; etc.
VIII. for refrigeration appliances with a direct sales function where all compartments at operating temperature for refrigeration are in the same temperature class, with the exception of refrigerated vending machines:
– temperature in the upper part: the maximum temperature of the hottest M package in the compartment or compartments at operating temperatures for refrigeration, in degrees Celsius (° C) and rounded to the nearest integer, etc.
– temperature in the lower part: the minimum temperature of the coldest M package in the compartment or compartments at operating temperatures for refrigeration, in degrees Celsius (° C) and rounded to the nearest integer, etc.
IX. for all refrigeration appliances with a direct sales function, except vending machines: sum of the display areas at operating temperatures for freezing, expressed in square meters (m2) and rounded to the second decimal place;
X. for refrigeration appliances with a direct sales function where all compartments at operating temperatures for freezing are in the same temperature class, with the exception of refrigerated vending machines:
– temperature in the upper part: the maximum temperature of the hottest M package in the compartment or compartments at operating temperatures for freezing, in degrees Celsius (° C) and rounded to the nearest integer, …
– temperature in the lower part: the minimum temperature of the coldest M package in the compartment or compartments at operating temperatures for freezing, in degrees Celsius (° C) and rounded to the nearest integer, …
XI. the number of the regulation, ie ‘2019/2018’.
An important novelty is the presence of a QR Code that appears directly on the energy label (top right).
The QR Code allows consumers to access additional information with their smartphone. This information is entered by the producers themselves in the Eprel database (European Product Database for Energy Labeling).
Eprel is a registration database in which producers and importers must register all products for which the new energy label is mandatory, including all detailed technical documentation, which can be viewed and downloaded directly from the internet.
Therefore, in order to be ready to comply with the directives, companies must organize information in an adequate and flexible PIM platform.
There is little to do: if you do not manage product data well, you will not be able to obtain the energy label for your products.
That is to say that if you are unable to provide Eprel’s servers with the necessary information (Energy Efficiency Index [IEE], EEI, total exhibition area [TDA], TEC etc.), to obtain the energy label, you risk not to be able to sell products in Europe anymore.
How to do?
The first step is to define well, within the company, the data structures involved:
– Which entity is responsible for which data
– Define the relationship between basic models, derived models and serial numbers
– Build the appropriate mappings
– Create files efficiently in line with production
Also keep in mind which systems must be involved and integrated:
– the ERP
– the product configurator
– the PLM
– the laboratory software
– the PIM for dissemination on static (documents) and dynamic (online) media
For the activity of loading data, accompanying documents (datasheets, manuals, instructions, etc.), aimed at obtaining the energy label, you will have to access the European Energy Label Database (EPREL), with procedures specifications that here is not the time to explore.
EKR has the EKR2Eprel solution ready
With the “artisanal” method
1) High costs of personnel involved, for low-value repetitive activities
– Search for data
– Put them in order
– Transform them for Eprel’s needs
– Inability to reuse data for other business needs
2) Risk of error
3) Risk of slowdown in deliveries due to non-compliance
4) Risk of incomplete marketing and commercial communications
With the EKR2Eprel method
1) Reduction of personnel costs for low value repetitive activities
2) Capitalization of knowledge
3) Risk of error reduced to a minimum
4) Guaranteed timing for the adjustment
4) Immediate availability of the information necessary for marketing and commercial activities
Manage complexity and leave the company the opportunity to communicate data according to regulations with EKR2Eprel
1. The technical office is provided with a “track” and a method to collect the necessary data, in line with the completion of a single product project
2. Marketing has all the data available without having to ask for it, and therefore focuses on communication related to energy classes
3. The Laboratory collects the data in an organized and consistent manner with the needs of other entities
4. Sending to Eprel is automatic, and the attribution of the label is automatic
5. The end of the production line can print the label based on the production order
EKR delivers the finished work and leaves the tool in the company for maintenance over time
Once the energy label has been obtained from the body, if the product in question is not a standard product but can be configured, this will impact and be recalled / used:
– in the estimate phase, offer
– when creating the production order
– at the end of the line, before shipping, for the application of the label printed on the product
– on every occasion in which the marketing communicates the product (PDF, offline, online, sites, marketplaces)
The phases of the project
– Definition of the hierarchy tree
– Definition of the label tree
2) Setting the environment
3) Definition of roles and use cases
4) Verification and eventual refinement of existing data structures (configurator)
5) Setting the path that goes from the product hierarchy to the BEM DEMs through the definition of “incomplete models” or the completion logics to be configured
– Definition of the relevant EEI characteristics
– Configuration of BEMs based on the values of the relevant EEI characteristics
– Activation of the collection of EEI relevant data for BEM DEMs (configured clusters)
6) Activation of component enrichment with EEI relevant info
7) Setting of the matching logics
8) Setting up the connection with Eprel in sending and receiving
9) Setting up the label production
An obligation, but also an opportunity! From label to marketing
We can transform yet another regulatory task into an exceptional opportunity to review product data management processes, involving: the technical department, R&D, laboratory, marketing, pre-sales and after sales.
The result is a much higher value than the effort employed, bringing order and efficiency to an often deconstructed company space, a place of low productivity and hidden costs.
The added value obtained will allow your company to grow in product marketing and prepare to respond to the market more efficiently and proactively.
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