Evolution of energy labels and the European Product Energy Labelling Database (EPREL)
Energy labels have a long history, first introduced in the European Union in 1994 for selected household appliances. Over time, these labels have evolved into a mature framework. As technology advances, the EU is committed to keeping pace. As a result, the European energy label has led to the creation of an online product database known as EPREL (European Product Database for Energy Labelling). Suppliers are required to upload specific information to this database in order to generate the mandatory energy label for their products.
EPREL: Empowering Consumers and Suppliers Alike
The purpose of EPREL is twofold. Firstly, suppliers must upload the necessary technical documentation to comply with Regulation (EU) 2017/1369. Secondly, the public section of the database allows consumers to access key information about the products, such as energy efficiency, dimensions, warranty details, annual consumption and more, simply by scanning the QR code on the energy label.
Mandatory EPREL registration for various product groups as of 2019
Since 1 January 2019, EPREL registration is mandatory for various product groups, including air conditioners, household cooking appliances, household dishwashers, space and water heaters, light bulbs and lamps, local space heaters, household refrigerators and freezers, professional refrigeration, refrigeration with direct sales function, solid fuel boilers, electronic displays including televisions, tumble dryers, residential ventilation units, household washing machines and tyres.
To register products in EPREL, organisations must first register on the platform. However, from February 2022, the EPREL platform will require suppliers (as legal entities) to digitally verify their identity. This verification process is based on electronic seal technology. Electronic seals, similar to electronic signatures, are categorised into three types: Basic Electronic Seal, Advanced Electronic Seal and Qualified Electronic Seal. For EPREL registration, the European Commission requires a Qualified Electronic Seal because of its ability to effectively ensure the authenticity of uploaded information.
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