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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 in the showroom of a car dealership 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 the purchase tax (private vehicle and motorcycle tax, BPM).
Every car tyre must have an energy label. One option is to make this information available at the point of sale in a clearly visible position. The label is also stated on your client's invoice.
An energy label is obligatory for electrical household appliances such as fridges and freezers, washing machines, washer-dryers, dishwashers, ovens, lighting products and air conditioners. Manufacturers must measure the device in accordance with a fixed formula. The details will be recorded on a label which you must send to the shopkeeper along with the product. The shopkeeper attaches the label to the device.
The labels on electrical appliances has been simplified. The A (most energy efficient) to G (least energy efficient) scale still applies, but the addition of + to +++ has been scrapped. A European databank is under construction where companies will also be required to register their products.
Homes and other buildings
Homes and other buildings must have an energy performance certificate when they are being build, sold or rented. The owner must hand over the certificate to the purchaser or tenant. The energy certificate provides information about the energy quality of the home or building and must be issued by a certified advisor. It expires after 10 years from the issue date.
If you own a public building with a surface area of more than 250 m2 and it has an energy label, you must place this label clearly visible to all visitors, for instance at the reception desk or near the entrance of the building. Examples of public buildings are shops, supermarkets, restaurants, theatres, banks and hotels.
Home owners that have DigiD (Dutch residents' electronic verification) or eRecognition (for businesses) can draw up the energy label for their dwelling themselves. This can be done digitally through Energielabelvoorwoningen.nl (in Dutch). A remote, certified expert will verify the data you have entered, after which you will be sent the final energy label. You have the additional option to choose an extended energy index, which indicates the energy performance of the dwelling.