Energy Star energy efficiency label attacked

Critics allege office equipment energy label is "ineffective" as a tool to push environmental improvement

Divisions have arisen within the EU's Energy Star board over the future of the US-born ecolabel for energy efficiency in office equipment, which was formally adopted by the EU two years ago (EED 18/12/01).

Speaking at a recent board meeting, representatives of some member states and environmental groups branded the scheme as "ineffective" and accused it of adopting "outdated" specifications in some product categories.

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