Manufacturers of electrical goods will be legally obliged to make spare parts for appliances and introduce clearer energy-saving labels to drive up product standards, the Government has announced.
From this summer, manufacturers will be required to make spare parts for products available to consumers for the first time and higher energy-efficiency standards for electrical products will come into force, which the Government says will reduce carbon emissions, reduce waste and save consumers money.
The new legal “right for repair” means all electrical appliances can be fixed instead of ending up on the scrap heap sooner than they should. BEIS expects the rules will extend the lifespan of products by up to 10 years, cut carbon emissions and significantly reduce the 1.5 million tonnes of electrical waste which is discarded every year. From 1 March, new energy labels will also simplify the way energy efficiency is displayed. The old A+, A++ or A+++ ratings labels will be made much simpler by raising the bar for each class on a new A-G energy rating scale, meaning the most efficient products will now be classified as A.
The changes are expected to incentivise manufacturers to improve product efficiency. It will also save British consumers save around £75 a year on their energy bills and boost people’s confidence in the environmental credentials of the products they buy.
Now that the UK has left the European Union, the EU emblem on energy efficiency labels will be replaced with the Union Flag on all new appliances such as washing machines, fridges and TVs.