MEP Amjad Bashir 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).
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.
Mr Bashir, Conservative MEP for Yorkshire and The Humber, said: “The current system is hugely confusing. Manufacturers of efficient electrical goods don’t get the clear endorsement they deserve; shoppers don’t get the clear guidance they need.
“The system we are introducing could allow people to tell at a glance which goods will save them electricity. It is no good buying a cheap washing machine if it then costs three times more in power as soon as you switch it on.”