British vacuum manufacturer Dyson has won its appeal after the European General Court dismissed calls for changes to EU energy labels.
The European Court of Justice has referred the case back to the General Court and has now ruled that efficiency labelling must adopt a method that measures the performance of the vacuum cleaners in a way that was as close as possible to real-life usage.
Sir James Dyson (pictured) originally argued that the standard energy label test introduced by the EU Commission in September 2014 was “unrepresentative and misleading” for consumers, as it didn’t accurately measure the cleaner’s energy efficiency in real-world conditions.
The standard test regulations stipulate that the test should be carried out when the cleaner is empty and without dust.
However, Dyson has always argued that this put its models at a disadvantage as they are bagless and models that include bags become less efficient when the bags become full.