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New label on fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions referring to the WLTP test procedures!

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12/01/2018

Since 2001, suppliers of new passenger cars sold in Belgium are legally obliged to display fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions labels on each new passenger car model (and, should this not be possible, in the vicinity thereof) in a clearly visible manner.

There is no space for creativity: this label has to comply with the model included in Annex I of the royal decree of 5 September 2001 on the availability of consumer information for fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions marketing standards.

However, automobile brands faced a dilemma: despite the fact that new car models, introduced in the European market as of 1 September 2017, are subject to the new WLTP test procedures (Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedures), the label standards regarding fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions exclusively referred to the NEDC (New European Driving Cycle) tests.

Under such circumstances, Annex I of the royal decree, which sets the model label for fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions based on the NEDC tests, had to be amended.

This took place on 17 December 2017 as a new royal decree on a new fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions standard label, which explicitly refers to the WLTP test procedures, was adopted.

The principle is unchanged: the cars are classified according to color and CO2 emissions level expressed in g/km (this categorization ranges from blue, corresponding to the lowest consumption, i.e. below 1 g/km, to red, corresponding to the highest consumption, equal to or higher than 200 g/km). There are now 8 such classes (instead of 7) with different values associated thereto.

These different bands have been narrowed in order to ensure as fair a representation as possible of efficiency standards for consumers.

This new standard label enters into force today and will remain in force until 1 September 2019.