The EU drive for energy efficiency

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Events behind the scenes at the European Commission reveal it is approaching a major legislative breakthrough on energy efficiency that could reshape the entire European technology landscape.

A new package of energy proposals (released last month by the EU) will be reviewed in March and if it is approved (by the European Parliament) it will have a major impact across all industries. This is seen as a major milestone as it will increase awareness of efficiency issues further and provide renewed impetus for the push for standards.

This is expected to lead to a wider adoption of energy efficiency specifications in public procurements. In the Nordic region energy efficiency has been included in public tenders for ten years. Now it’s expected that the EU will roll this out across the union. It is not enough to just buy on up front price any more and these proposals are expected to provide more precise guidelines for governments.

Alongside the broader proposals included in the recent energy package, experts also signaled that progress was being made towards banning inefficient electrical products under the Energy Using Products (EUP) directive. It covers fourteen different areas, including PCs, printers and consumer electronics, and has the power to ban products that fail to meet minimum standards and ensure the energy efficiency of products is included on labeling. The minimum standards are still being discussed but the early signals are that they will be pretty strict and won’t be easy to achieve.

Some large IT companies support the new legislation, claiming that setting standards for procurement and cutting off energy inefficient products would prove “two clever ways of moving the market” that “will punish the worst performers and reward the best.”

Source; Green Business News

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