The new tyre energy label, active from May 1st, 2021, provides a common classification of tyres’ performance on rolling resistance, braking on wet surfaces and external noise. Additionally, it provides indicators for its performance on severe snow and ice. The label helps consumers to make informed decisions when buying tyres as they can easily compare and set their priority choice based on these given parameters.
Why do we have (tyre) energy labels?
The EU has committed that by 2050 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transportation will be at least 60% lower than in 1990. As road transport is responsible for about 22% of THE EU’s total greenhouse gas emissions, reducing CO2 emissions from road transport plays a major part in fulfilling these goals. At the same time, the label will drive manufacturers to innovate to make their tyres appear in the top class of the industry by being more fuel efficient, safer, and quieter.
What’s new / what has changed?
The five components of the new EU tyre label
* Tyres with Ice Grip classification are specifically designed for driving on roads with ice and packed snow and may only be used in extreme weather circumstances. The usage of tyres with Ice Grip classification on less severe weather circumstances (for example at rain or higher temperatures) may lead to decreased performance, especially on grip on wet surfaces, handling and wear.
Product Information Sheet
The new Product Information Sheet (PIS) is generated in the EPREL database, based on the information provided by the tyre manufacturer. It includes:
The European Product Registry for Energy Labelling, in short EPREL, enables consumers to search for and validate energy labels and product information sheets in the verified product database. Via the QR code on the new EU tyre label, consumers will be able to access the corresponding tyre information and download all relevant information.
All tyres and available sizes must be registered by suppliers (manufacturers, importers, or authorized representatives) before placing them on the European market.
Note that your own driving behavior has a major impact on fuel consumption and road safety. Apart from choosing your tyres based on quality, performance, and tyre energy labels, drive ecologically aware, be responsible and check your tyre pressure regularly.
Additional information on the new European Tyre Energy Label can be found on the official European Commision website.
Frequently Asked Questions, answered by the European Commision.