Commission set on green electronics design plan

EU executive still "very serious" about directive to integrate environment into product development

The European Commission remains determined to propose a new EU directive obliging electronic and electrical equipment (EEE) producers to green product design, despite significant industry misgivings. Its determination emerged at a conference in Brussels yesterday on environmentally conscious design in the electronics sector. The meeting was organised by consumer electronics and IT trade lobby Eicta.

"The Commission is certainly not toying with EEE - we're very serious about it," Michail Papadoyannakis of the enterprise directorate told participants at the seminar. The Commission's resolve was underlined by the leaking of new draft mandates requesting standardisation body Cenelec to draft standards aiding compliance with the law in anticipation of its approval by the EU.

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