EU tyre label now also in Switzerland Reduce CO2 emissions by choosing the right tyres
On 1 November 2012, the European Union introduced regulation (EC) 1222/2009 stipulating that new tyres should be labelled. The EU tyre label is part of the EU Commission’s energy efficiency action plan, which aims to reduce energy consumption by 20% by 2020.
How do tyres help to protect the environment?
Few drivers are aware that 20% to 30% of vehicle fuel consumption is determined by tyres, predominantly as a result of rolling resistance. Reducing the rolling resistance of tyres can help to improve energy efficiency considerably in road traffic and therefore help reduce emissions of pollutants. This protects both the environment and your wallet, as fuel savings more than offset the higher purchase price.
Alongside exhaust fumes and CO2 emissions, traffic noise is also a major source of environmental pollution which is detrimental to human health. The new EU regulation ensures that the external rolling noise of tyres is subject to certain minimum requirements.
Who does the tyre label apply to and from what date?
The tyre label has been valid within the European Union since 1 November 2012. Tyre dealers in the EU are required to provide the label for all new tyres for passenger vehicles as well as for light and heavy commercial vehicles (categories C1, C2 and C3).
The label does not apply to retreaded tyres, off-road tyres for commercial use, vintage cars first registered before 1 October 1990, T-type spare tyres, tyres with a permitted speed of less than 80 km/h, tyres for rims with a nominal diameter of 254 mm or 635 mm, studded tyres and tyres for racing cars.
What does the tyre label indicate?
The label identifies tyres with regard to:
- Rolling resistance and fuel consumption
- wet grip; this affects braking distance, safety and rolling noise.
These characteristics are described in an energy efficiency label similar to those already seen on household appliances. Rolling resistance and wet grip categories range from A to G.
Learn more about the EU label (in German)