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Moldova to adopt new EU energy labelling regulations

Representatives of Moldova’s Ministry of Infrastructure and Regional Development (MIDR), Energy Efficiency Agency, State Inspectorate for non-Food Products Surveillance and Consumer Protection, together with the EU Delegation to Moldova and Energy Community Secretariat experts, discussed the transposition and implementation of the new EU energy labelling regulations in Moldova.

According to a press release by the Energy Community Secretariat, the new energy labels will enable consumers to make better-informed choices about their purchases, helping them to lower their energy bills and supporting the country’s decarbonisation goals. The labels are scheduled to be adopted at the December Energy Community Ministerial Council in Vienna.

Moldova hopes to be the first country in the Energy Community to transpose and implement the revised EU energy labelling regulations. The new regulations will apply to a group of the most energy-intensive household equipment, namely: televisions (and other electronic displays), lamps, refrigerating appliances, washing and drying machines and dishwashers.

The meeting’s participants also highlighted the importance of updating the national framework in this field and providing the market with re-fashioned labels. According to a recent study by the National Bureau of Statistics, 45.1 per cent of Moldovan households consider energy labels when buying equipment for their daily use.

By adopting the new package of regulations, supported under the EU4Energy Governance project, Moldova will almost mirror the EU requirements in terms of products’ energy efficiency performance, additionally disclosed information, obligations of suppliers and dealers, measurement methods and verification procedures for market surveillance authorities, etc.

The EU4Energy Governance aims to foster clean energy transition and decarbonisation in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The new phase (Programme Phase II) of the project spans between 2021 and 2024, which started in July 2021. The project is managed and implemented from a budget of nearly 1.9 million euros by the Secretariat via a dedicated unit specially assigned for this task.

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