Stakeholders debate stand-by power use limits

Industry and NGOs disagree on timing and scope for EU limits on products' stand-by consumption

Business organisations have rejected early European commission proposals for phasing in limits on stand-by mode power consumption in appliances.

The commission has suggested bringing in an EU limit of one watt for products in stand-by and off modes, to be met a year after new legislation setting the standard enters force. This limit would be tightened to half a watt two years later.

Both limits are based on suggestions in a consultancy report under the energy-using products directive (EuP) (EED 04/10/07). Stakeholders discussed the plans at the second meeting of the EuP consultation forum last Friday.

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