EU Energy Labelling scheme abandoned

The EU Commission has abandoned plans to place energy efficiency labels on household items such as hair dryers, toasters and kettles. The plans were originally introduced to complement the Eco-Design Directive, which has been one of the most successful EU interventions in the energy efficiency drive, delivering at least 50% of the EU 2020 energy savings target. If the plans had been implemented, they would have reduced energy consumption by small household equipment such as kettles and toasters by 24% and 17% respectively. This is a backward step by the EU.