Last reviewed 10 March 2021
Manufacturers of electrical goods will be legally obliged to make spare parts for appliances and introduce clearer energy-saving labels to drive up product standards, the Government has announced.
From this summer, manufacturers will be required to make spare parts for products available to consumers for the first time and higher energy-efficiency standards for electrical products will come into force, which the Government says will reduce carbon emissions, reduce waste and save consumers money.
Announcing the new rules, Business and Energy Secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, said:
“Our plans to tighten product standards will ensure more of our electrical goods can be fixed rather than thrown on the scrap heap, putting more money back in the pockets of consumers whilst protecting the environment.
“Going forward, our upcoming energy efficiency framework will push electrical products to use even less energy and material resources, saving people money on their bills and reducing carbon emissions as we work to reach net zero by 2050.”
The new legal “right for repair” means all electrical appliances can be fixed instead of ending up on the scrap heap sooner than they should. BEIS expects the rules will extend the lifespan of products by up to 10 years, cut carbon emissions and significantly reduce the 1.5 million tonnes of electrical waste which is discarded every year.
From 1 March, new energy labels will also simplify the way energy efficiency is displayed. The old A+, A++ or A+++ ratings labels will be made much simpler by raising the bar for each class on a new A-G energy rating scale, meaning the most efficient products will now be classified as A.
The changes are expected to incentivise manufacturers to improve product efficiency. It will also save British consumers save around £75 a year on their energy bills and boost people’s confidence in the environmental credentials of the products they buy.
Head of International Collaboration at Energy Saving Trust, Emilie Carmichael, said: “Simplifying the way energy efficiency is displayed on labels will help consumers to make more informed choices to reduce their energy consumption and bills.”
Now that the UK has left the European Union, the EU emblem on energy efficiency labels will be replaced with the Union Flag on all new appliances such as washing machines, fridges and TVs.