Kamall helps deliver simpler energy labels on household products
PRESS RELEASE 14th June 2017
London MEP Syed Kamall 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 (Tuesday).
Dr Kamal said: “Londoners speak their minds and they find the current system as clear as mud. Consumers across the city and throughout Britain will continue to benefit from the new, clearer labelling even after we leave the EU.”
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.
Dr Kamall, who leads the Parliament’s third -largest grouping the European Conservatives and Reformists, said: “The current labelling is confusing to shoppers and unfair to manufacturers who care about efficiency.
“The new ratings will let people easily judge their best energy-efficient and cost-efficient choices. Londoners do not appreciate buying a cheap washing machine if it then costs three times more in electricity every time they switch it on.”