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:
- Open the sample data file you will use in the text editor of your choice.
- Making no changes to the first row (the field names), replace the sample data in the subsequent rows with actual data for your label.
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:
- Use BarTender to open the .btw file you want from the sample zip file.
- From the File menu, select Page Setup to open the Page Setup dialog.
- On the Layout tab, set the desired template (or label) size.
- 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.
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
|Noise emission in decibels||Refrigerators, Wine storage appliances, Dishwashers, Tumble dryers, Vacuum cleaners, Range hoods|
|Annual water usage||Dishwashers, Washing machines|
|Sum of storage volume of all storage compartments without a star-rating||Refrigerators|
|Sum of storage volume of all frozen-food storage compartments||Refrigerators|
|Sum of wine storage volume||Wine storage appliances|
|Rated capacity in kg, for the standard cotton program at full load||Washing machines, Tumble dryers|
|Spin-drying efficiency class||Washing machines|
|Noise emissions in decibels during the wash cycle for standard 60 decree C cotton program at full load||Washing machines|
|Noise emissions in decibels during the spin cycle for standard 60 degree C cotton program at full load||Washing machines|
|Drying efficiency class||Dishwashers|
|Capacity in standard place settings||Dishwashers|
|Availability of a hard switch off position||Televisions|
|Size of visible screen diagonal in inches and centimeters||Televisions|
|Noise emission in decibels - indoors||Air conditioners, Water heaters|
|Noise emission in decibels - outdoors||Air conditioners, Water heaters|
|SCOP (Seasonal Coefficient of Performance) indicates heating with a red fan and air wave||Air conditioners|
|SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) indicates cooling with a blue fan and air wave||Air conditioners|
|Air-vented electric tumble drier||Tumble dryers|
|Condenser tumble drier||Tumble dryers|
|Gas-fired tumble drier||Tumble dryers|
|Cycle time for the standard cotton program at full load||Tumble dryers|
|Condensation efficiency class||Condenser tumble driers|
|Savings potential for water heaters that are able to work during off-peak hours||Water heaters|
|Usable volume of the oven cavity||Ovens|
|Energy consumption per cycle for the heating function(s) of a conventional oven based on a standard load||Ovens|
|Energy consumption per cycle for the heating function(s) of a forced-air convection oven based on a standard load||Ovens|
|Fluid dynamic efficiency class||Range hoods|
|Lighting efficiency class||Range hoods|
|Grease filtering efficiency class||Range hoods|
|European map with a display of three indicative heating seasons: used with corresponding color squares||Air conditioners, Water heaters|
To learn more, please visit The European Commission website at http://ec.europa.eu.