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Energy labels

This information is provided by: Netherlands Enterprise Agency

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).

Car tyres

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.

Electrical equipment

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.

Homes and other buildings

Homes and other buildings must have an energy labelExternal link when they are being build, sold or rented. The owner must hand over the energy label to the purchaser or tenant. The energy label 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.

Public buildings

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.nlExternal link (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.

This information is provided by:

Netherlands Enterprise Agency