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Topten's policy recommendations for Dishwashers (January 2018)

Summary and key policy recommendations

The Ecodesign and Energy Label regulations for dishwashers are currently under revision. The Commission has presented in December 2017 the draft regulation.

Topten product lists show that the best available technology (BAT) model exceeds the A+++ threshold by 40%. In Switzerland sales of A+++ and A++ dishwashers already account for more than two thirds of the sales. The revision of the energy label and ecodesign regulations is clearly needed.

Together with a consortium of NGOs, Topten has provided input over the proposed energy and resource efficiency requirements.

Key policy recommendations from January 2018:

1. Stronger MEPS and a Tier 2 are needed

The proposal only includes one tier of energy efficiency requirements at a very unambitious level. We urge the European Commission to set at least two tiers, and a second tier at the genuine LLCC level, as assessed in the preparatory study. Tier 2 could, for instance, phase out classes F, E, and D by 2024.

2. Hot fill

With an increasing use of solar energy and other renewable sources for hot water production in households, hot fill has a big energy saving potential of around 50%. Technically, nearly all dishwasher models can be linked to hot instead of cold water. Consumer awareness of this option should be increased with an icon on the label, showing if a model is compatible with hot fill. More information should be provided in accompanying documents.

3. Empty class A in the Energy Label

In the current draft, the proposed class A is already populated by an existing model. To be in compliance with the Framework Energy Label regulation, the class should be left empty.

May 2018