In 2015 the Commission proposed a new regulation on energy efficiency labeling as part of its summer energy package. The new regulation would contribute towards meeting the EU target of improving energy efficiency by 27% by 2030. The proposed regulation seeks to restore the A-G scale for energy labeling; create a mechanism for re-scaling products that can accommodate further improvements in energy efficiency; establish a product database on energy efficiency; and introduce a safeguard procedure to improve national market surveillance. Detailed legislation on energy labeling of household appliances would be adopted as delegated acts.
While the proposal is supported by consumer and environmental groups, industry groups are concerned that a major change in energy labeling could have a negative impact on producers and consumers and act as a disincentive to energy efficiency. The Parliament has in the past supported a closed A-G scale on energy labeling as a way to provide a stronger incentive for consumers to buy more efficient products.