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Published on May 12th, 2017 | by The GC Team

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Dyson wins European Court appeal on energy labelling

The European Court of Justice has upheld Dyson’s Judicial Review Appeal against an earlier judgment by the European General Court, and has now ruled that the testing of vacuum cleaners for energy efficiency labelling must now, where possible, adopt “a method of calculation which makes it possible to measure the energy performance of vacuum cleaners in conditions as close as possible to actual conditions of use, requiring the vacuum cleaner’s receptacle to be filled to a certain level.”

Dyson’s argument was that the standard energy label test in use since the introduction of labelling for vacuum cleaners across Europe in September 2013 was “unrepresentative and misleading” for consumers, and did not give an accurate measure of energy efficiency in real-world conditions.

The standard test regulations stipulate that the test should be carried out when the cleaner is empty and without dust. Dyson argued that, while cyclonic cleaners do not lose suction as they fill with dust, cleaners with bags and filters become clogged and their performance – and energy efficiency – declines progressively during cleaning. It is possible, said Dyson, that in actual use a machine tested and given an ‘A’ rating label could drop to a ‘D’ or ‘E’ rating as it fills with dust.

This, claims Dyson, “calls into question the future of testing in Europe and is a harbinger of positive change for consumers.”

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