EU energy labels, Marshall Islands emissions pledge, French decarbonisation law and a greener London
Trusting the label
The European Union is preparing to go back to the future on energy labelling of fridges, washing machines and other appliances. A return to a simple A-G efficiency labelling scale (with A being the most efficient) has been proposed, to replace the system of A+, A++ and A+++ categories. The current scale, adopted in 2010 after the previous A-G standards became outdated, is considered confusing. Some product classes have improved their energy efficiency so much that A+ appliances are now the worst performers, rather than among the best. The proposal must be approved by the European Parliament and governments of EU member states, but is unlikely to face much opposition. Monique Goyens, director general of the European Consumer Organisation, says the labels facilitate “cost-conscious and sustainable purchases”, adding: “Consumers must be assured that the A-rated product really is the most energy-efficient.”
One of the countries most threatened by global warming has become the first developing nation to commit to an absolute emissions cut by 2030. Ahead of the United Nations climate conference in Paris at the end of the year, the Marshall Islands has said it will reduce its emissions by 45% by 2030 compared to 2010....