Negotiated by the Commission's transport and energy directorate with the European Committee of Manufacturers of Electrical Machines and Power Electronics (Cemep), the deal divides low voltage motors into three efficiency classes. Sales of products in the least efficient category will be reduced by half by the end of 2003. This class currently makes up 70% of EU production, four-fifths of which is represented by Cemep, and 30% of total EU sales.
The Commission said the agreement was necessary because consumers were unable to actively choose more efficient motors due to the lack of classification or labelling requirements. It said the deal did not restrict competition in the sector because the 50% reduction target applied to Cemep as a whole and not individual manufacturers.
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