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EU greener appliance meeting summarised

A plan to merge draft EU directives on greening electronics design and setting minimum energy efficiency standards for appliances yielded a mixed reception at a stakeholder consultation meeting last month, according to the European Commission. The move would weld together the unpopular EEE proposal with the similarly titled EER initiative (EED 07/11/02). The Commission's account of the meeting relates calls from industry to "maximise self-regulatory undertakings" in achieving the draft laws' aims, while some NGOs pressed for a demerger. A formal proposal may emerge early next year. See news update and further details.

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