From 1 January 2021, energy labelling will be changing in England, Wales and Scotland. Products newly placed on the market from this date will require a new UK energy label. Retailers will be required to display these new labels. Products for the Northern Ireland market will retain the EU labels.
Further changes are also taking place from 1 March 2021, when legislation mandating the use of new, re-scaled energy labels will be coming into force for some products. These labels will carry a UK flag in Great Britain but an EU flag in Northern Ireland. From 1 March 2021, retailers will have 14 working days to ensure re-scaled labels are displayed. The product types subject to re-scaling are:
- washing machines and washer-dryers
- domestic refrigerators, freezers, fridge-freezers and wine coolers
- electronic displays, including televisions monitors and digital signage displays
Consumers may still see former versions of EU energy labels for goods placed on the market prior to 1 January 2021 as some goods placed on the market before this date can be sold even though the transition period has ended.
The energy labels for lamps will also be rescaled but not until later in 2021.