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In the Netherlands, some product categories must carry an energy label. The energy label includes information about the product's energy consumption and efficiency in comparison to similar products.
All new cars must have an energy label that states the car's fuel economy in relation to other cars of the same category. Depending on the energy label, the purchaser of a car may receive a discount on the purchase tax (private vehicle and motorcycle tax, BPM).
Do you sell car tyres? You must include a European tyre label. This gives information about the fuel economy, safety and noise of the tyre. All European car tyre sellers need to use the European label. This means that:
- all tyres on your premises should carry the label (sticker)
- you must inform clients about the label
- the invoice should state the tyre label
An energy label is obligatory for electrical household appliances such as:
- fridges and freezers
- washing machines
- lighting products
- air conditioners
Are you a manufacturer?
Manufacturers must measure the device in accordance with a fixed formula. The details will be recorded on a label. You must send this label to the shopkeeper along with the product. The shopkeeper attaches the label to the device. The energy label must always be visible on the product.
The labels on electrical appliances have been simplified. The A (most energy efficient) to G (least energy efficient) scale still applies, but the addition of + to +++ has been scrapped.
Are you a manufacturer or importer and do you want to sell appliances that require an energy label? You must register such appliances in the European Product Database for Energy Labelling (EPREL), before selling them on European markets.
Energy labels for buildings
Houses and apartments must have an energy label (in Dutch) when they are being built, sold or rented. The owner must hand over the certificate to the purchaser or tenant. The certificate must be issued by a certified advisor.
Public buildings, such as schools, offices, shops or hospitals, should also have an energy certificate (in Dutch) when they are built, sold or rented out. Only a certified energy adviser (in Dutch) can draft and apply for an energy label. The label is valid for a maximum of 10 years. From 1 January 2023 office buildings are required to have at least an energy label C (an energy index of 1.3 or better, in Dutch). If an office building does not comply with this requirement it can no longer be used as an office from that date.
Do you own a public building with a surface area of more than 250 m2? Then you must place the energy label clearly visible to all visitors, for instance at the reception desk or near the entrance of the building.
The energy performance of buildings is determined with NTA 8800 and provides information about the energy quality of the home or building. You can look up the energy label of a building online (in Dutch).