Use of energy efficiency labels and ecodesign requirements are projected to lead to energy savings of around 165 million tonnes of oil equivalent (Mtoe) in the EU by 2020, the European Commission announced late Tuesday.
A newly updated report supported by the Commission showed the impact of the EU's ecodesign and energy labeling requirements for products on energy savings.
Ecodesign legislation, which sets minimum energy efficiency requirements, applies to many goods sold in the EU, such as dishwashers, fridges, washing machines, heaters and boilers.
The report presented energy savings expected by 2020 and 2030 as a result of European consumers switching to energy efficient products, as well as the resultant decrease in greenhouse gas emissions.
The 165 Mtoe savings by 2020 is roughly equivalent to the annual primary energy consumption of Italy.
"In relative terms, this represents a potential energy saving of approximately 9 percent of the EU's total energy consumption and a potential 7 percent reduction in carbon emissions," it noted.
The report also revealed that in 2030, this saving is projected to grow to 15 percent of the EU's total energy consumption and 11 percent of its total carbon emissions.
By Ebru Sengul