EU Energy Labeling Follow


BarTender Content Team


As of July 31st, 2011, most European light bulb packaging, cars and major appliances must have an EU Energy Label clearly displayed when offered for sale or rent, in accordance with Directive 2010/30/EU. The energy efficiency of the item is rated as a set of energy efficiency classes from A+++ to D or G that appear on the label. "A+++" indicates the most energy efficient, "G" the least efficient. Pictograms may be used in place of words to allow manufacturers to make their labeling understandable for products sold in different countries.

BarTender provides easily configurable EU Energy label templates that help you meet these energy labeling requirements and produce consistent, compliant labeling throughout your industry.



Steps to Implement EU Energy-Compliant Labeling

BarTender provides sample templates for each of the following appliance types:

Dishwasher Television: A rating
Electric Condenser Dryer Television: A+ rating
Electric Vented Dryer Television: A++ rating
Refrigerator: 7 energy classes (A+++ - D) Television: A+++ rating
Refrigerator: 10 energy classes (A+++ - G) Washing Machine
Gas Dryer Wine Storage Appliance


Please download all our samples here (zip file)


Prepare the Database

Each sample document is automatically populated with data from the corresponding sample data file. In order to work correctly, we suggest that you stay connected to this sample file and modify the data inside to match your own data. To modify the sample data:

  1. Open the sample data file you will use in the text editor of your choice.
  2. Making no changes to the first row (the field names), replace the sample data in the subsequent rows with actual data for your label.
NOTE: Instead of using the sample file, you can connect the sample document to your own database file. Should you choose to do this, make sure that the column headings match the ones in the sample text file so that any database links are maintained when you print your document.

For more information on using databases, please see Getting started with database connections (Video - 5:20)


Modify the Label Size

According to EU Energy regulations, the label must be at least 110mm wide and 220mm tall. You can print the label in a larger size, but its content must stay proportionate to the size listed above. If you wish to change the size of the label:

  1. Use BarTender to open the .btw file you want from the sample zip file.
  2. From the File menu, select Page Setup to open the Page Setup dialog.
  3. On the Layout tab, set the desired template (or label) size.
  4. Click OK to close the Page Setup dialog.


Add Supplier's Name/Trademark and Model Identifier

The Directive 2010/30/EU states that the supplier's name or trademark and the model identifier must be placed between the banner at the top of the label and the energy efficiency arrows. It should fit in a space 92mm wide by 15mm tall. To add this information, place one or more text boxes in this region of the template.



About Languages

BarTender has features that allow you to define the language used in your templates for many different languages. However, the standardization of EU Energy labels eliminates the need for language configuration in this format, because most information is presented via pictograms. The corresponding data for the pictograms is presented in numeric and metric form, which is recognized across Europe.


Reference: EU Energy Pictograms

Symbol Description Appliance Types
eu_symbol.png Noise emission in decibels Refrigerators, Wine storage appliances, Dishwashers, Tumble dryers, Vacuum cleaners, Range hoods
eu_symbol2.png Annual water usage Dishwashers, Washing machines
eu_symbol3.png Sum of storage volume of all storage compartments without a star-rating  Refrigerators
eu_symbol4.png Sum of storage volume of all frozen-food storage compartments Refrigerators
eu_symbol5.png Sum of wine storage volume Wine storage appliances
eu_symbol6.png Rated capacity in kg, for the standard cotton program at full load Washing machines, Tumble dryers
eu_symbol7.png Spin-drying efficiency class Washing machines
eu_symbol8.png Noise emissions in decibels during the wash cycle for standard 60 decree C cotton program at full load Washing machines
eu_symbol9.png Noise emissions in decibels during the spin cycle for standard 60 degree C cotton program at full load Washing machines
eu_symbol10.png Drying efficiency class Dishwashers
eu_symbol11..png Capacity in standard place settings Dishwashers
eu_symbol12.png Availability of a hard switch off position Televisions
eu_symbol13.png Size of visible screen diagonal in inches and centimeters Televisions
eu_symbol14.png Noise emission in decibels - indoors Air conditioners, Water heaters
eu_symbol15.png Noise emission in decibels - outdoors Air conditioners, Water heaters
eu_symbol16.png SCOP (Seasonal Coefficient of Performance) indicates heating with a red fan and air wave Air conditioners
eu_symbol17.png SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) indicates cooling with a blue fan and air wave Air conditioners
eu_symbol18.png Air-vented electric tumble drier Tumble dryers
eu_symbol19.png Condenser tumble drier Tumble dryers
eu_symbol20.png Gas-fired tumble drier Tumble dryers
eu_symbol21.png Cycle time for the standard cotton program at full load Tumble dryers
eu_symbol22.png Condensation efficiency class Condenser tumble driers
eu_symbol23.png Savings potential for water heaters that are able to work during off-peak hours Water heaters
eu_symbol24.png Gas-fired oven Ovens
eu_symbol25.png Electric oven Ovens
eu_symbol26.png Usable volume of the oven cavity Ovens
eu_symbol27.png Energy consumption per cycle for the heating function(s) of a conventional oven based on a standard load Ovens
eu_symbol28.png Energy consumption per cycle for the heating function(s) of a forced-air convection oven based on a standard load Ovens
eu_symbol29.png Fluid dynamic efficiency class Range hoods
eu_symbol30.png Lighting efficiency class Range hoods
eu_symbol31.png Grease filtering efficiency class Range hoods
eu_symbol32.png European map with a display of three indicative heating seasons: used with corresponding color squares Air conditioners, Water heaters




Related Documentation

External Documentation
To learn more, please visit The European Commission website at

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