Energy Efficiency in Norway

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Energy efficiency legislation in Norway in the field of electrical and electronic appliances is based on two main EC Directives on (1) minimum efficiency standards, (2) energy efficiency labelling schemes, and several additional voluntary agreements. Norway is not a member of the European Union but it often follows European legislation.

(1) Minimum Efficiency Standards -- Norwegian law sets mandatory limits for the energy consumption of household refrigerators and freezers. This legislative approach is being replaced increasingly by negotiated agreements concluded by appliance manufacturers. Such agreements, which provide for voluntary commitments, have already been concluded for televisions, video recorders, washing machines, and dishwashers. Future negotiations will relate to a large number of appliances, such as air conditioners and commercial refrigeration equipment.

(2) Energy Efficiency Labelling Schemes -- Norwegian law imposes a labelling requirement on suppliers of major household appliances. Basically, these appliances must carry a label with information relating to (1) the energy efficiency class (expressed on a seven-point class from "more efficient" to "less efficient") and energy consumption; (2) the water consumption; (3) the noise level, and (4) the washing, drying, etc. performances (expressed on a seven-point class from "higher" to "lower"). Specific labelling specifications are spelled out in implementing directives adopted by the EC Commission for each product group. Currently, energy labels have been defined for electric ovens, refrigerators, freezers, washing machines, combined washer-dryers, dishwashers, tumble dryers, and household lamps. In addition to the labels, suppliers must provide a product fiche with information for the consumer. Pursuant to this Directive, the supplier must also keep technical documentation including: (1) a general description of the product, (2) the results of design calculations carried out, where these are relevant, and (3) test reports, where available.


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