The Energy Information (Washing Machines) Regulations 1996

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Published: 1996-03-05

Statutory Instruments
1996 No. 600

ENERGY CONSERVATION
The Energy Information (Washing Machines) Regulations 1996

Made
5th March 1996

Laid before Parliament
8th March 1996

Coming into force
1st April 1996

The Secretary of State, being a Minister designated(1) for purposes of section 2(2)(a) of the European Communities Act 1972(2) in relation to measures relating to energy labelling and standard product information for household products, in exercise of the powers conferred by section 2(2) of that Act and of all other powers enabling him in that behalf, hereby makes the following Regulations:

Citation and commencement

1.  These Regulations may be cited as the Energy Information (Washing Machines) Regulations 1996 and shall come into force on 1st April 1996.

Interpretation

2.  In these Regulations, unless the context otherwise requires, expressions used have the same meaning as in the Directives and—

“appliance” means an applicance to which these Regulations apply by virtue of regulation 3 (application);

“dealer” means a retailer or other person who sells or displays appliances to end-users;

“the Directives” means Council Directive 92/75/EEC(3) and Commission Directive 95/12/EC(4);

“enforcement authority” means—

(a)
in England and Wales and Scotland, a local weights and measures authority within the meaning of section 69 of the Weights and Measures Act 1985 (local weights and measures authorities)(5); and

(b)
in Northern Ireland, the Department of Economic Development;

“the harmonised standards” means the standards referred to in article 1(3) of Commission Directive 95/12/EEC.

“information notice” means—

(a)
subject to paragraph (b), a standard table of information relating to an appliance and complying with regulation 5(2) (form, content and language of information notice);

(b)
in paragraph 9 of Schedule 5 (power of enforcement authority to require technical documentation), a standard table of information relating to the energy consumption and allied design and performance characteristics of an appliance;

“label” means—

(a)
subject to paragraph (b), a label relating to an appliance and complying with regulation 4(2) (form, content and language of label);

(b)
in regulation 13 (misleading information) and in paragraph 9 of Schedule 5 (power of enforcement authority to require technical documentation), a label relating to the energy consumption and allied design and performance characteristics of an appliance;

“purchase” includes acquire on hire or on hire-purchase, and related expressions shall be construed accordingly;

“records” includes any books, documents, marks or symbols and any records in non-documentary form;

“sale” includes hire and hire-purchase, and related expressions shall be construed accordingly;

“supplier” means the manufacturer of an appliance or his authorized representative in the Community or the person who places an appliance on the Community market;

“third person” means any person other than the one against whom enforcement action may be or has been taken under these Regulations.

Application

3.—(1) Subject to paragraphs (2) and (3) and regulation 15 (transitional provisions), these Regulations shall apply to household washing machines.

(2) These Regulations shall apply only to appliances which are—

(a)electric mains operated, and

(b)unable to use other energy sources.

(3) These Regulations shall not apply—

(a)to second-hand appliances;

(b)to appliances of which production ceased before 1st April 1996;

(c)in respect of the rating plate or its equivalent affixed for safety purposes to an appliance;

(d)to machines with no spin capacity;

(e)to machines with separate washing and spin drying vessels (such as twin tubs); or

(f)to combined washer-driers.

Suppliers' duties in respect of labels

4.—(1) A supplier of an appliance shall provide free of charge to a dealer such label in respect of the appliance as may be necessary to enable the dealer to comply with his obligations imposed pursuant to the Directives.

(2) The label shall be in the relevant language version and, where it is in English, shall comply with Schedule 1 (the label), and Schedule 4 (performance classification) and, in any other case, with Commission Directive 95/12/EC.

(3) Where the dealer requests labels from the supplier, the supplier shall ensure that the requested labels are delivered promptly.

(4) A supplier may choose his own system for delivery of labels.

Suppliers' duties in respect of information notices

5.—(1) A supplier of an appliance shall provide an information notice in accordance with this regulation.

(2) The information notice shall be in the relevant language version and, where it is in English, shall comply with Schedule 2 (the information notice), and Schedule 4 (performance classification) and, in any other case, with Commission Directive 95/12/EC.

(3) Where the supplier provides a product brochure, the brochure shall contain an information notice.

(4) Where a product brochure is not provided by the supplier, the supplier shall provide an information notice with any other literature provided with the appliance.

Suppliers' deemed consent to publication of information

6.  The supplier shall be deemed to consent to the publication of the information given on a label or in an information notice.

Suppliers to be responsible for accuracy of labels and information notices

7.—(1) The supplier shall be responsible for the accuracy of the information given on a label or in an information notice.

(2) A label or information notice shall be deemed to comply with these Regulations unless there is evidence to the contrary.

Suppliers' duties in respect of technical documentation

8.—(1) The supplier shall establish technical documentation sufficient to enable the accuracy of the information contained in a label or information notice to be assessed.

(2) The technical documentation referred to in paragraph (1) shall include—

(a)the name and address of the supplier;

(b)a general description of the applicance, sufficient for it to be identified;

(c)information (including drawings as relevant) on the main design features of the appliance and, in particular, items which appreciably affect its energy consumption;

(d)the results of design calculations carried out, where these are relevant;

(e)reports of relevant measurement tests carried out in accordance with the harmonised standards;

(f)test reports, where available, including those carried out by relevant notified organisations as defined under other Community legislation;

(g)where values are derived from those obtained for similar models, the same information for these models; and

(h)operating instructions (if any).

(3) For the purposes of paragraphs (1) and (2), the supplier may use documentation already required on the basis of relevant Community legislation.

(4) The supplier shall make the technical documentation available for inspection by enforcement authorites for a period ending five years after the appliance has ceased to be manufactured.

(5) The supplier shall furnish promptly to an enforcement authority such of the technical documentation as the authority requires pursuant to paragraph 9 of Schedule 5 (power of enforcement authority to require technical documentation).

Dealers' duty in respect of displayed appliances

9.  Subject to regulation 11 (extent of dealers' duties under regulations 9 and 10), a dealer who displays an appliance to end-users shall attach a label to the outside front or top of the appliance so that the label remains clearly visible and not obscured whenever the appliance is displayed.

Dealers' duty in respect of information notices

10.—(1) Subject to regulation 11 (extent of dealers' duties under regulations 9 and 10), this regulation shall apply where by virtue of regulation 5 (suppliers' duties in respect of information notices) or a similar obligation imposed pursuant to the Directives, a supplier is under a duty to provide an information notice in respect of an appliance.

(2) Where a dealer offers the appliance for sale to end-users in circumstances such that potential purchasers do not see the appliance displayed and thus have no opportunity to see the label, the dealer shall make the information notice available for inspection by potential purchasers before concluding a sale of the appliance.

Extent of dealers' duties under regulations 9 and 10

11.  Regulations 9 (dealers' duty in respect of displayed appliances) and 10 (dealers' duty in respect of information notices) shall not apply where an appliance is offered for sale to end-users by mail order, by catalogue or by other means which imply that the potential purchaser cannot be expected to see the appliance displayed.

Printed communications

12.  Where a person offers an appliance for sale to end-users by means of a printed communication, such as a mail order catalogue, (but not an advertisement or short printed list of appliances), in circumstances which imply that the potential purchaser cannot be expected to see the appliance displayed, the person making such offer shall ensure that the printed communication is in the relevant language version and—

(a)if it is in English, includes the information specified in Schedule 3 (mail order and other distance selling) and describes the appliance in accordance with Schedule 4 (performance classification), and

(b)in any other case, it complies with Commission Directive 95/12/EC.

Misleading information

13.—(1) A person shall not display a label, mark, symbol or inscription which relates to the energy consumption of an appliance and which does not comply with these Regulations, if the label, mark, symbol or inscription—

(a)would be taken to comply with these Regulations, or

(b)would be likely to mislead or confuse.

(2) Paragraph (1) shall not apply to a label, mark, symbol or inscription displayed under a Community or national environmental labelling scheme.

Enforcement and offences

14.—(1) Subject to paragraph (3), it shall be the duty of every enforcement authority to enforce these Regulations within its area.

(2) Schedule 5 shall have effect with regard to offences, enforcement of these Regulations, and other matters.

(3) Nothing in these Regulations shall authorise a local weights and measures authority in Scotland to bring proceedings in Scotland for an offence.

Transitional provisions

15.  These Regulations shall not apply in relation to—

(a)an appliance supplied by a supplier (whether to a dealer or another person) before 30th September 1996;

(b)any printed communication within the meaning of regulation 12 (printed communications) distributed to potential purchasers before 30th September 1996; or

(c)the display of appliances before 30th September 1996.

John Selwyn Gummer
One of Her Majesty’s Principal Secretaries of State
Department of the Environment
5th March 1996

Regulation 4(2)

SCHEDULE 1THE LABEL

Label design

1.  The label shall be in accordance with Figure 1 and shall include the information required by the notes.

Figure 1

Notes to Figure 1:

I.  Supplier’s name or trade mark.

II.  Supplier’s model identifier.

III.  The energy efficiency class of an appliance, determined in accordance with Schedule 4. The appropriate letter shall be placed at the same level as the relevant arrow.

IV.  Without prejudice to any requirements under the Community Eco-label scheme, where an appliance has been granted a “Community Eco-label” pursuant to Council Regulation (EEC) No 880/92(6) a copy of the Eco-label mark (the flower) may be added here. The “Washing machines label design guide” referred to below explains how the Eco-label mark may be included in the label.

V.  Energy consumption in kWh per cycle using standard 60°C cotton cycle in accordance with the test procedures of the harmonised standards.

VI.  Washing performance determined in accordance with Schedule 4.

VII.  Drying efficiency class determined in accordance with Schedule 4.

VIII.  Maximum spin speed attained for standard 60°C cotton cycle in accordance with the test procedures of the harmonised standards.

IX.  Capacity of appliance for standard 60°C cotton cycle in accordance with the harmonised standards.

X.  Water consumption per cycle of washing using standard 60°C cotton cycle in accordance with the test procedures of the harmonised standards.

XI.  Where applicable, noise during washing and spinning cycles using standard 60°C cycle in accordance with Directive 86/594/EEC(7).

Printing

2.—(1) Figure 2 defines certain aspects of the label:—

Figure 2

(2) Colours are to be used on the label in accordance with the following:—

CMYK: cyan, magenta, yellow, black.

Example: 07XO: 0% cyan, 70% magenta, 100% yellow, 0% black.

Arrows:

A: X0X0,

B:70X0,

C: 30X0,

D: 00X0,

E: 03X0,

F: 07X0,

G: 0XX0.

Outline colour XO70.

All text is in black. The background is white.

Complete printing information is contained in a “Washing machine label design guide”, which is for information only, obtainable from:

The Secretary of the Committee on Energy Labelling and Standard Product

Information for Household Appliances

Directorate-General for Energy DG XVII,

Commission of the European Communities,

200 Rue de la Loi,

B-1049 Brussels

Belgium.

Regulation 5(2)

SCHEDULE 2THE INFORMATION NOTICE

1.  The information notice shall contain the information specified below. The information may be given in the form of a table covering a number of models supplied by the same supplier, in which case it shall be given in the order specified, or given in the description of the appliance.

(1) Supplier’s name or trade mark.

(2) Supplier’s model identifier.

(3) The energy efficiency class of the model as defined in Schedule 4 (performance classification), expressed as “Energy Efficiency class… on a scale of A (most efficient) to G (least efficient)”. Where this information is provided in a table this may be expressed by other means provided it is clear that the scale is from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient).

(4) Where the information is provided in a table, and where some of the appliances listed in the table have been granted a “Community Eco-label” under Regulation (EEC) No 880/92, this information may be included here. In this case the row heading shall state “Community Eco-label” and the entry shall consist of a copy of the Eco-label mark (the flower). This provision is without prejudice to any requirements under the Community Eco-label scheme.

(5) Energy consumption in kWh per cycle using standard 60°C cotton cycle in accordance with the test procedures of the harmonised standards described as: “energy consumption XYZ kWh per cycle, based on standard test results for a standard 60°C cotton cycle. Actual energy consumption will depend on how the appliance is used and where it is located”.

(6) Washing performance, as determined by Schedule 4, expressed as “Washing performance class on a scale from A (cleanest) to G (dirtiest)”. This may be expressed by other means provided it is clear that the scale is from A (cleanest) to G (dirtiest).

(7) Spin drying efficiency class, as determined by Schedule 4, expressed as “Spin drying performance on a scale of A (driest) to G (wettest)”. When this information is supplied in a table this may be expressed by other means provided it is clear that the scale is from A (driest) to G (wettest). The spin drying efficiency class shall be followed by the statement, which may be added as a footnote—

“NB. If you use a tumble drier, choosing a washing machine with A-rated spin, instead of one with a G-rated spin, will halve your tumble drying costs. Tumble drying clothes usually uses more energy than washing them.”.

(8) Water extraction efficiency in accordance with the test procedures of the harmonised standards for a standard 60°C cotton cycle expressed as “water remaining after spin…. % (as a proportion of dry weight of wash).”

(9) Maximum spin speed attained for a standard 60°C cotton cycle in accordance with the test procedures of the harmonised standards.

(10) Capacity for a standard 60°C cotton cycle in accordance with the test procedures of the harmonised standards.

(11) Water consumption per cycle using a standard 60°C cotton cycle in accordance with the test procedures of the harmonised standards.

(12) Programme time for a standard 60°C cotton cycle in accordance with the test procedures of the harmonisd standards.

(13) The average consumption of energy and water based on two hundred standard 60°C cotton cycles. This shall be expressed as “typical annual consumption for a four person household.”.

(14) Where applicable, noise during washing and spinning cycles using standard 60° cycle, measured in accordance with Directive 86/594/EEC.

(15) Manufacturers may include the information in paragraphs 6 to 12 in respect of other wash cycles.

2.  The information contained in the label may be given in the form of a copy of the label, either in colour or in black and white. In this case the further information given only in the information notice must still be included.

Regulation 12(a)

SCHEDULE 3MAIL ORDER AND OTHER DISTANCE SELLING

1.  Mail order catalogues and other printed communications referred to in regulation 12 (printed communications) shall contain the following information, given in the order specified below:

(a)energy efficiency class in accordance with paragraph 1(3) of Schedule 2 (energy efficiency class);

(b)energy consumption in accordance with paragraph 1(5) of that Schedule (energy consumption);

(c)washing performance class in accordance with paragraph 1(6) of that Schedule (washing performance);

(d)Spin drying efficiency class in accordance with paragraph 1(7) of that Schedule (drying performance);

(e)maximum spin speed in accordance with paragraph 1(9) of that Schedule (maximum spin speed);

(f)capacity in accordance with paragraph 1(10) of that Schedule (capacity);

(g)water consumption in accordance with paragraph 1(11) of that Schedule (water consumption);

(h)estimated annual consumption for a four person household, in accordance with paragraph 1(13) of that Schedule (typical annual consumption);

(i)where applicable, noise, in accordance with paragraph 1(14) of that Schedule (noise).

2.  Where other information contained in the information notice is provided, it shall be in the form defined in Schedule 2 and shall be included in the list set out in paragraph 1 above in the order specified in that Schedule.

Regulations 4(2) 5(2) and 12(a)

SCHEDULE 4PERFORMANCE CLASSIFICATION

1.  The energy efficiency class of an appliance shall be determined in accordance with Table 1.

Table 1

Energy Efficiency Class
Energy Consumption 'C' in kWh per kg washed for standard 60°C cotton cycle using test procedures of the harmonised standards referred to in regulation 2

A
C≤0.19

B
0.190.88

G
0.88≥P

3.  The drying performance of an appliance shall be determnined in accordance with Table 3.

Table 3

Spin Drying Efficiency Class
Water extraction efficiency 'D' as defined in the harmonised standards referred to in regulation 2, using a standard 60°C cycle

A
D
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