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Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 392/2012 of 1 March 2012 supplementing Directive 2010/30/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to energy labelling of household tumble driers Text with EEA relevance

OJ L 123, 9.5.2012, p. 1–26 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)

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ELI: http://data.europa.eu/eli/reg_del/2012/392/oj

9.5.2012   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 123/1


COMMISSION DELEGATED REGULATION (EU) No 392/2012

of 1 March 2012

supplementing Directive 2010/30/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to energy labelling of household tumble driers

(Text with EEA relevance)

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Directive 2010/30/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19 May 2010 on the indication by labelling and standard product information of the consumption of energy and other resources by energy-related products (1), and in particular Article 10 thereof,

Whereas:

(1)

Directive 2010/30/EU requires the Commission to adopt delegated acts for the labelling of energy-related products representing significant potential for energy savings and presenting a wide disparity in performance levels with equivalent functionality.

(2)

Provisions for the energy labelling of household tumble driers were established by Commission Directive 95/13/EC of 23 May 1995 implementing Council Directive 92/75/EEC with regard to energy labelling of household electric tumble driers (2).

(3)

The energy used by household tumble driers accounts for a significant part of total household energy demand in the Union. In addition to the energy efficiency improvements already achieved, the scope for further reducing the energy consumption of household tumble driers is substantial.

(4)

Directive 95/13/EC should be repealed and new provisions should be laid down by this Regulation in order to ensure that the energy label provides dynamic incentives for suppliers to further improve the energy efficiency of household tumble driers and to accelerate market transformation towards energy-efficient technologies.

(5)

Household combined washer-driers are addressed in Commission Directive 96/60/EC of 19 September 1996 implementing Council Directive 92/75/EEC with regard to energy labelling of household combined washer-driers (3). They have particular characteristics and should therefore be exempted from the scope of this Regulation.

(6)

The information provided on the label should be obtained through reliable, accurate and reproducible measurement procedures which take into account the recognised state-of-the-art measurement methods, including, where available, harmonised standards adopted by the European standardisation bodies, as listed in Annex I to Directive 98/34/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 June 1998 laying down a procedure for the provision of information in the field of technical standards and regulations (4).

(7)

This Regulation should specify a uniform design and content for the label for household tumble driers, including gas-fired driers.

(8)

In addition, this Regulation should specify requirements as to the ‘technical documentation’ and the ‘product fiche’ for household tumble driers.

(9)

Moreover, this Regulation should specify requirements as to the information to be provided for any form of distance selling and advertisement of household tumble driers and any form of technical promotional material for such appliances.

(10)

It is appropriate to provide for a review of this Regulation in order to take into account technological progress.

(11)

In order to facilitate the transition from Directive 95/13/EC to this Regulation, household tumble driers labelled in accordance with this Regulation should be considered as compliant with Directive 95/13/EC.

(12)

Directive 95/13/EC should therefore be repealed,

HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

Article 1

Subject matter and scope

1.   This Regulation establishes requirements for the labelling of and the provision of supplementary product information on electric mains-operated and gas-fired household tumble driers and built-in household tumble driers, including those sold for non-household use.

2.   This Regulation shall not apply to household combined washer-driers and household spin-extractors.

Article 2

Definitions

In addition to the definitions laid down in Article 2 of Directive 2010/30/EU, the following definitions shall apply for the purposes of this Regulation:

(1)

‘household tumble drier’ means an appliance in which textiles are dried by tumbling in a rotating drum, through which heated air is passed and which is designed to be used principally for non-professional purposes;

(2)

‘built-in household tumble drier’ means a household tumble drier intended to be installed in a cabinet, a prepared recess in a wall or a similar location, requiring furniture finishing;

(3)

‘household combined washer-drier’ means a household washing machine which includes both a spin extraction function and also a means for drying the textiles, usually by heating and tumbling;

(4)

‘household spin-extractor’, also known commercially as ‘spin-drier’, means an appliance in which water is removed from the textiles by centrifugal action in a rotating drum and drained through an automatic pump and which is designed to be used principally for non-professional purposes;

(5)

‘air-vented tumble drier’ means a tumble drier that draws in fresh air, passes it over the textiles and vents the resulting moist air into the room or outside;

(6)

‘condenser tumble drier’ means a tumble drier which includes a device (either using condensation or any other means) for removing moisture from the air used for the drying process;

(7)

‘automatic tumble drier’ means a tumble drier which switches off the drying process when a certain moisture content of the load is detected, for example through conductivity or temperature sensing;

(8)

‘non-automatic tumble drier’ means a tumble drier which switches off the drying process after a predefined period, usually controlled by a timer, but which may also be manually switched off;

(9)

‘programme’ means a series of operations that are predefined and which are declared by the supplier as suitable for drying certain types of textile;

(10)

‘cycle’ means a complete drying process, as defined for the selected programme;

(11)

‘programme time’ means the time that elapses from the initiation of the programme until the completion of the programme, excluding any end-user programmed delay;

(12)

‘rated capacity’ means the maximum mass in kilograms, indicated by the supplier in 0,5 kilogram increments of dry textiles of a particular type, which can be treated in a household tumble drier with the selected programme, when loaded in accordance with the supplier’s instructions;

(13)

‘partial load’ means half of the rated capacity of a household tumble drier for a given programme;

(14)

‘condensation efficiency’ means the ratio between the mass of moisture condensed by a condenser tumble drier and the mass of moisture removed from the load at the end of a cycle;

(15)

‘off-mode’ means a condition where the household tumble drier is switched off using appliance controls or switches accessible to and intended for operation by the end-user during normal use to attain the lowest power consumption that may persist for an indefinite time while the household tumble drier is connected to a power source and used in accordance with the supplier’s instructions; where there is no control or switch accessible to the end-user, ‘off-mode’ means the condition reached after the household tumble drier reverts to a steady-state power consumption on its own;

(16)

‘left-on mode’ means the lowest power consumption mode that may persist for an indefinite time after completion of the programme without any further intervention by the end-user besides unloading of the household tumble drier;

(17)

‘equivalent household tumble drier’ means a model of household tumble drier placed on the market with the same rated capacity, technical and performance characteristics, energy consumption, condensation efficiency where relevant, standard cotton programme time and airborne acoustical noise emissions during drying as another model of household tumble drier placed on the market under a different commercial code number by the same supplier;

(18)

‘end-user’ means a consumer buying or expected to buy a household tumble drier;

(19)

‘point of sale’ means a location where household tumble driers are displayed or offered for sale, hire or hire-purchase.

(20)

‘standard cotton programme’ means the cycle which dries cotton laundry with an initial moisture content of the load of 60 % up to a remaining moisture content of the load of 0 %.

Article 3

Responsibilities of suppliers

Suppliers shall ensure that:

(a)

each household tumble drier is supplied with a printed label in the format and containing the information set out in Annex I;

(b)

a product fiche, as set out in Annex II, is made available;

(c)

technical documentation as set out in Annex III is made available on request to the authorities of the Member States and to the Commission;

(d)

any advertisement for a specific model of household tumble drier contains the energy efficiency class, if the advertisement discloses energy-related or price information;

(e)

any technical promotional material concerning a specific model of household tumble drier which describes its specific technical parameters includes the energy efficiency class of that model.

Article 4

Responsibilities of dealers

Dealers shall ensure that:

(a)

each household tumble drier, at the point of sale, bears the label provided by suppliers in accordance with Article 3(a) on the outside of the front or top of the household tumble drier, in such a way as to be clearly visible;

(b)

household tumble driers offered for sale, hire or hire-purchase where the end-user cannot be expected to see the product displayed, as specified in Article 7 of Directive 2010/30/EU, are marketed with the information provided by suppliers in accordance with Annex IV to this Regulation;

(c)

any advertisement for a specific model of household tumble drier contains a reference to the energy efficiency class, if the advertisement discloses energy-related or price information;

(d)

any technical promotional material concerning a specific model of household tumble drier which describes its specific technical parameters includes a reference to the energy efficiency class of that model.

Article 5

Measurement methods

The information to be provided under Articles 3 and 4 shall be obtained by reliable, accurate and reproducible measurement procedures, which take into account the recognised state-of-the-art measurement methods.

Article 6

Verification procedure for market surveillance purposes

Member States shall apply the procedure set out in Annex V for assessing the conformity of the declared energy efficiency class, the energy consumption per cycle, the condensation efficiency class where applicable, the rated capacity, the power consumption in off-mode and left-on mode, the duration of the left-on mode, the programme time and airborne acoustical noise emissions.

Article 7

Revision

The Commission shall review this Regulation in the light of technological progress no later than five years after its entry into force. The review shall in particular assess the verification tolerances set out in Annex V.

Article 8

Repeal

Directive 95/13/EC shall be repealed from 29 May 2012.

Article 9

Transitional provisions

1.   Article 3(d) and (e) and Article 4(b), (c) and (d) shall not apply to printed advertisements and printed technical promotional material published before 29 September 2012.

2.   Household tumble driers placed on the market before 29 May 2012 shall comply with the provisions of Directive 95/13/EC.

3.   Household tumble driers which comply with the provisions of this Regulation and which are placed on the market or offered for sale, hire or hire-purchase before 29 May 2012 shall be regarded as complying with the requirements of Directive 95/13/EC.

Article 10

Entry into force and application

1.   This Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

2.   It shall apply from 29 May 2012. However, Article 3(d) and (e) and Article 4(b), (c) and (d) shall apply from 29 September 2012.

This Regulation shall be binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States.

Done at Brussels, 1 March 2012.

For the Commission

The President

José Manuel BARROSO


(1)   OJ L 153, 18.6.2010, p. 1.

(2)   OJ L 136, 21.6.1995, p. 28.

(3)   OJ L 266, 18.10.1996, p. 1.

(4)   OJ L 204, 21.7.1998, p. 37.


ANNEX I

Label

1.   LABEL FOR AIR-VENTED HOUSEHOLD TUMBLE DRIER

Image 1

1.1.

The following information shall be included in the label for air vented household tumble driers:

I.

supplier’s name or trade mark;

II.

supplier’s model identifier, meaning the code, usually alphanumeric, which distinguishes a specific household tumble drier model from other models with the same trade mark or supplier’s name;

III.

the energy efficiency class as defined in point 1 of Annex VI; the head of the arrow containing the energy efficiency class of the household tumble drier shall be placed at the same height as the head of the arrow of the relevant energy efficiency class;

IV.

weighted annual energy consumption (AEC ) in kWh/year, rounded up to the nearest integer and calculated in accordance with Annex VII;

V.

information on the type of household tumble drier;

VI.

cycle time corresponding to the standard cotton programme at full load in minutes and rounded to the nearest minute;

VII.

rated capacity, in kg, for the standard cotton programme at full load;

VIII.

the sound power level (weighted average value — LWA), during the drying phase, for the standard cotton programme at full load, expressed in dB, rounded to the nearest integer.

1.2.

The design of the label for air vented household tumble driers shall be in accordance with point 4 of this Annex. Where a model has been granted an ‘EU Ecolabel’ under Regulation (EC) No 66/2010 of the European Parliament and of the Council (1), a copy of the EU Ecolabel may be added.

2.   LABEL FOR CONDENSER HOUSEHOLD TUMBLE DRIER

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2.1.

In addition to the information listed in point 1.1, the label for condenser household tumble driers shall include:

IX.

the condensation efficiency class in accordance with point 2 of Annex VI.

2.2.

The design of the label for condenser household tumble driers shall be in accordance with point 4 of this Annex. Where a model has been awarded an ‘EU Ecolabel’ under Regulation (EC) No 66/2010, a copy of the EU Ecolabel may be added.

3.   LABEL FOR GAS-FIRED HOUSEHOLD TUMBLE DRIER

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3.1.

The information listed in point 1.1 shall be included in the label for gas fired household tumble driers.

3.2.

The design of the label for gas fired household tumble driers shall be in accordance with point 4 of this Annex. Where a model has been awarded an ‘EU Ecolabel’ under Regulation (EC) No 66/2010, a copy of the EU Ecolabel may be added.

4.   LABEL DESIGN

4.1.

For air vented household tumble driers, the design of the label shall be as in the figure below.