Voluntary energy labelling
Produced in partnership with Patrick Senior of Stephenson Harwood

The following Environment practice note produced in partnership with Patrick Senior of Stephenson Harwood provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Voluntary energy labelling
  • Brexit
  • Environment (Amendment etc) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019
  • Role and standing of voluntary energy labels
  • Energy labels with a basis in EU law
  • EU Energy Star
  • EU Ecolabel
  • Third party energy labelling organisations operating in the UK
  • Energy Saving Trust (EST)
  • Carbon Trust
  • More...

Voluntary energy labelling

Brexit

11 pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marked the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements came to an end and significant changes began to take effect across the UK’s legal regime.

Environment (Amendment etc) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

The Environment (Amendment etc) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, SI 2019/458 ensure that certain environmental laws can continue to function following IP completion day and the UK’s departure from the EU.

Relevant to the content in this note is regulation 9 and Sch Pt 1–Sch Pt 3 of the Environment (Amendment etc) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, SI 2019/458 which set out that from IP completion day, the UK will no longer be an Ecolabel body.

For more information, see: EC Notice to Stakeholders: withdrawal of the UK and the EU rules in the field of EU Ecolabel.

Role and standing of voluntary energy labels

A person (Operator) manufacturing, importing, distributing or selling goods and services (products) may choose to use voluntary energy labels to market those products. If the Operator chooses to use a voluntary energy label, it must comply with the rules governing its use.

Some voluntary energy labels have been established under EU law (the Energy Star and the Ecolabel), and therefore the rules

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