ECONOMIC AFFAIRS / STATISTICS / MARKETING

Energy Consumption Information Regulation (Pkw-Energiekenn-zeichnungsverordnung - Pkw-EnVKV)

The EU Directive 1999/94/EG requires the member states to make information on the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions available to consumers purchasing new passenger vehicles. In Germany, this requirement was implemented by the Regulation on the Energy Labeling of Passenger Vehicles, which came into effect in 2004 and was amended by the Federal Government in 2011. Since then, new vehicles offered for sale in Germany must display a label with a color scale informing the consumer about the vehicle's energy efficiency. In contrast to many other European countries, the classification is not based on the vehicle's absolute CO2 emissions, but rather on the CO2 emissions in relation to its weight. A passenger car is classified as particularly energy efficient if its CO2 emissions are particularly low in proportion to its weight.

A further amendment of the Regulation on the Energy Labeling of Passenger Vehicles is currently being prepared. Such an amendment is necessary for warranting the transition of the consumption measurement methodology to the WLTP cycle, also in terms of providing standardized information to the consumers. The Federal Ministry of Economics is planning for the new regulation to become effective on September 1, 2018.
It has also been announced that the EU Directive will be revised in the medium term. The VDIK expects the revision to at least harmonize the extremely different national implementations of the EU Directive and is hoping for requirements pertaining to electronic advertising that are implementable in a reasonable way.