NGOs dismiss 'unambitious' ecodesign proposals

A draft voluntary agreement drawn up by industry to limit the energy consumption of imaging equipment such as printers and photocopiers has been branded "immature and clearly insufficient" by a coalition of environmental NGOs.

Details of the voluntary agreement – proposed as an alternative to regulation under the EU's ecodesign directive – were published by the European Commission in a working document last month.

The agreement would require participating manufacturers to ensure that 50% of imaging products placed on the market meet the latest efficiency standards specified in the EU-US Energy Star programme by January 2011. The agreement would then be revised some time after January 2012, though an exact date is not specified.

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