Tumble dryers, new standards for eco-efficiency

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Energy saving and opening up to the circular economy for household tumble driers are among the issues at the heart of Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2023/2534 of 13 July 2023, which supplements Regulation (EU) 2017/1369 of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to energy labelling of household tumble driers and repeals Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 392/2012. Adopted by the European Commission last November, the new rules aim to reduce the energy consumption of household tumble driers and facilitate their repair.

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Over the next few years, only the most efficient tumble driers will be allowed on the European market. As of 1 July 2025, they will be marked with a revised energy label, scaled from A to G, whereby class A will only apply to the best products. The reparability of appliances is the other key element: manufacturers who place products on the EU market will have to comply with sustainability criteria including the obligation to make spare parts available to consumers and repairers, providing incentives for repair in line with the objectives of promoting a more circular economic model.