German regulator urges binding energy standards

Federal environment agency suggests 'top-quartile' target for electronic product efficiency

Germany’s environment agency is pushing for the EU to adopt legally-binding rather than voluntary standards to improve the energy efficiency of electronic goods. The standards will form a major part of the EU’s energy efficiency action plan and will be brought in through the EuP directive (EED 19/10/06).

European commission officials overseeing the drafting of standards for individual product groups say they could be adopted as mandatory targets or in the form of voluntary agreements with industry associations. But the agency says mandatory marks should be the norm.

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