The EU and US rubber-stamped on Wednesday tougher energy consumption requirements for computers and imaging equipment to be awarded the voluntary Energy Star ecolabel for office equipment.
The new criteria, which will apply from 1 July, are expected to save Europe 22 terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity over the next 4-6 years, comparable to the electricity consumption of Ireland, according to the European Commission.
The criteria were agreed earlier this year (EE 28/04/09). Standards for new categories of office equipment including servers and data storage equipment will be added to the Energy Star programme soon, the commission said.
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