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Policy recommendations for Dishwashers

Topten's policy recommendations for Dishwashers (December 2015)

Summary and key policy recommendations

The Ecodesign and Energy Label regulations for dishwashers are currently under revision. A preparatory study is underway and will propose policy options. A Consultation Forum meeting might take place in autumn 2016 - when the revised Energ Label framework regulation has been adopted.

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.

Togehter with ECOS and EEB, Topten has been providing input to the study.

Key policy recommendations from December 2015:

1. Standard Label and Ecodesign programme

The programme relevant for Energy Label and Ecodesign should be named 'normal' or standard', as today's regulations are requiring. The programme's name should communicate that this programme is appropriate for everyday use for normally soiled dishes. This programme needs not be the most energy efficeint one. Instead, manufacturers should be allowed to offer less energy consuming, e.g. longer-lasting programmes.

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. New minimum energy performance standard (MEPS)

The most effieint model consumes more than 50% less energy than the current MEPS level A+. Obviously there is ample room for new MEPS that will result in energy and cost savings for consumers. Also the life cycle cost calculations in the preparatory study support the request for an updated MEPS level - this will be even more so if learnign curves (assuming future cost reduction for innovations) are included.

July 2016