Cutting standby power use
BRUSSELS, July 8 (Reuters) – European Union states approved a proposal for dramatic cuts in standby electricity consumption by household and office electrical appliances, the European Commission said on Tuesday.
The so-called Ecodesign regulation, due to be adopted by the end of this year, will force manufacturers to cut the power used by computers, printers, photocopiers, televisions and other devices when on standby by 73 percent by 2020.
“It is a concrete contribution to reach the EU’s energy efficiency and climate protection targets, while saving citizens’ money,” EU Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs said in a statement.
Commission spokesman Ferran Tarradellas said that once scrutinised by the European Parliament and formally adopted by the Commission later this year, the new rules would eventually save the equivalent of Denmark’s annual electricity consumption.
It would also lead to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in the 27-nation EU and the wider world, since many of the targeted products are sold worldwide, the statement said.
The standby regulation sets a maximum allowed power consumption for standby of either 1 or 2 watts in 2010. From 2013, the admissible power consumption level will be lowered to 0.5 or 1 watt, close to what can be achieved by the best available technology.