Call for tougher EC rules on fridge energy efficiency

EC rules on the energy efficiency of refrigerators will have to be tightened if the UK is to achieve the energy savings that are technically and economically feasible over the next 20 years, according to a report by Oxford University's Environmental Change Unit (ECU).1 Recent efficiency improvements in the domestic refrigeration market have been almost wiped out by higher sales of energy-guzzling frost-free models - which some retailers wrongly claim to be more efficient. Most retailers are also doing little to help customers understand energy labels or to provide information on appliance energy costs.

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