Energy efficiency indicates the economic efficiency of the consumption of energy and other resources if the product or building are used for their intended purpose.
Improving energy efficiency as one options to make the end-use of electrical energy more efficient, is a significant contribution to the Union’s goals related to decreasing the amount of greenhouse gas emissions.
Energy-related products are responsible for a great deal of the consumption of nature and energy resources in the Union. In addition, they have several other environmental impacts. For most product types on the market, significantly different environmental impacts can be noticed when the function and capacity are similar. In the interest of sustainable development, the general environmental impact of these products should be decreased constantly, primarily by determining the main sources of harmful environmental effects and by avoiding the transfer of environmental pollution, presuming that this can be achieved without excessive expenses.
Technical energy saving potential refers to energy savings that can be achieved by implementing as modern technical measures as possible. The introduction of energy-efficient home appliances in domestic households is no less important. The saving of resources usually causes economic progress. The more sustainable the use of resources, the more assets are created in a society.
With the objective to use energy and other resources more efficiently, energy rating and eco-design requirements have been established for energy-related products.