Solus Shine a Light on Mandatory New EU Commission Energy Labelling Regulations

Solus Shine a Light on Mandatory New EU Commission Energy Labelling Regulations

Solus Shine a Light on Mandatory New EU Commission Energy Labelling Regulations


Solus shine a light on mandatory new EU Commission energy labelling regulations


Irish lighting company, Solus has launched an awareness and information campaign on the mandatory new European Commission energy labelling regulations 


Solus light bulbs hosted an informative webinar presented by broadcaster Jonathan Healy with a panel of experts from government and compliance bodies including Minister Pippa Hackett, SEAI Programme Manager Tim Stokes and Elizabeth O'Reilly, Environmental Compliance & Membership Manager for WEEE Ireland.  To view the full webinar click:  

On September 1st 2021, mandatory new European Commission regulations came into effect which have significant consequences for the lighting industry and its retailers.  A brand-new version of the widely-recognised EU energy labe lis applicable in all shops and online retailers for light bulbs and lamps with fixed light sources to help EU consumers cut their energy bills and carbon footprint.  The new label for light sources came into effect on September 1st with an 18-month transition period for light sources already placed on the market.

The most important change is a return to a simple A-G scale on energy labels because more and more products are now achieving ratings as A, A+ or A++ according to the current scale causing confusion for consumers.  The new energy label leaves empty energy efficiency classes at the top of the scale for advancing technologies and to encourage manufacturers to develop more energy efficient products.

A further significant change is the introduction of a QR code. By scanning the QR-code, consumers can find additional information about the product model.  By law, all energy labelled products on the EU market have to be registered in a new EU-wide database - European Product Registry for Energy Labels (EPREL).

Eco-design rules are mandatory for almost all lamps sold in the EU.  The existing rules were repealed and replaced to include circular economy requirements.  According to WEEE Ireland 3.2 million light bulbs were recycled in Ireland in their last full recorded year in 2019 and 38,000 tonnes of electrical waste was taken back from landfill for use in manufacturing again.

The extensive new EU regulations are the result of nearly five years of negotiations and it is mandatory for all manufacturers and retailers to comply.  The new rules consist of the Single Lighting Regulation (SLR) and the Energy Labelling Regulation (ELR).  The Solus  webinar brought clarity from government and compliance body speakers on exactly what this new legislation entails, what timelines are in place and how the industry and its retailers can be compliant.

Solus is a proud Irish company and welcomes these new regulations which are in line with their progressive Planet First sustainability programme. The new energy labels give clarity on energy efficiency for consumers and also ensure that businesses continue to innovate.  See


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