Tougher energy consumption rules for office equipment

by Published Thu 18 Jun 2009 18:01, Last updated: 2009-06-18
Office equipment to become more energy efficient

The European Commission and the US Environmental Protection Agency have agreed to make new ambitious specifications for computers, copiers and printers under the EU-US Energy Star Programme.

The new criteria are effective from 1 July, and are expected to trigger 22 TWh electricity savings during the next four to six years in the EU which is comparable to the annual electricitiy consumption of Ireland.

Energy Star is part of the EU's strategy to better manage energy demand, contribute to security of energy supply and mitigate climate change.

The EU Energy Star Technical Working, which collected and discussed technical inputs by EU Member States experts and manufacturers on the revision process for the office equipment specification, is managed by the JRC Institute for Energy on behalf of the Commission's Energy and Transport Directorate-General.

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