Understanding China Energy Label (CEL)

China Energy Label (China Energy Efficiency Label)

China Energy Efficiency Label
China Energy Efficiency Label

If you have ever lived in China before, you are definitely not new to the energy labels that come with many electrical products. These labels attached to many electrical appliances display different grades of energy usage based on cost-effectiveness. This article explains more about these information tags.

Currently, there are over 100 countries around the world that have implemented the energy efficiency labeling system. China’s energy label looks similar to the European Union energy label.


The China Energy Label also known as China Energy Efficiency Label is a compulsory labeling requirement attached to energy-consuming products. It represents an energy efficiency rating product information and other performance indicators.

The aim of the label is to provide the necessary information for users and consumers to make proper purchasing decisions and to guide and help consumers choose energy-efficient products.

There are a number of electrical items that are required to display the label. These are products that have the capacity of consuming high amount of electricity. Displaying these energy saving tags on these products therefore helps consumers to make proper decisions before they purchase them.

Some of the products that are required to get the energy label are: Washing machines, Air conditioners, Motors, Plasma TVs, electric cookers, Flat-screen televisions, induction cookers, refrigerators, water heaters, Gas kettles, Photocopiers, energy-saving lamps, high pressure sodium lights, printers, copiers and electric fans.

China Energy Label
China Energy Label

Items on the label

Structure identification of the label can be divided into background information bar, Energy efficiency rating and product-related indicators bar. The information displayed on the label varies depending on the type of product. Below are their corresponding meanings.



生产者名称,Product manufacturer

格型号,Product model number

级,Energy consumption level

能耗低 (耗能低),Low Energy consumption

中等, Average consumption

能耗高 (耗能高),High Energy consumption

能效比(能源效率),Energy efficiency

输入功率,Input Power

制冷量,Cooling capacity

依据的国家标准号,National standards number


Understanding China Energy Label Levels

At present, China’s Energy Efficiency Label comes in two types. The first one and probably the most popular is the label that displays three grades of energy consumption levels. The second one displays five grades of energy consumption levels.

There are three ways to read labels:

(a) The first is the text that clearly tells you if the product is “low-energy (耗能低), medium (中等), high energy consumption (耗能高).

(b) The second is a total of five grades numbering 1,2,3,4 and 5.

Grade 1– the most energy-saving (lowest energy consumption)

Grade 2– shows the product is comparatively energy-saving

Grade 3– shows the energy efficiency of the product is the market average

Grade 4– represents the energy efficiency of the product is below the market average

Grade 5– warns the product is below energy efficient requirements and does not allow production and sales

(c) The third is based on color level indicators. Green is environmentally friendly and energy saving. Orange represents warning and Red represents high energy usage and not environmentally friendly.