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EU-US Cooperation Agreement, see
on "A Community Energy-Efficiency Labelling Programme
for Office Equipment". Read
Star Programme in EU 2001-2011. 2006-2011. Read.
Original agreement and launch of the EU Energy Star Programme
in Europe. Database, Calculator, November 2001. Read
On 29th November
2011, before the expiration of the last 5 years agreement,
the EU and the US initiated a new Energy Star EU-US Agreement on the
coordination of energy-efficient labelling programs for office equipment.
The adjustments suggested by the European Commission for the prolongation
of the agreement are the following:
- EU and US will follow two different product registration systems, due
to the decision of the US to introduce third party certification. There
will be not mutual recognition, but steps will be taken to ensure that
US requirements do not put EU exporters at a disadvantage.
- The public procurement clause in Regulation (EC) No 106/2008 should
be kept, and the possibility of extending it beyond central government
authorities should be explored.(For larger public supply
contracts governments shall specify
not less demanding than the Common Specifications for puiblic procurement)
- More regular
and frequent revisions of the specifications will be done so that ENERGY
STAR could really designate the most efficient products
on the market.
- Member States will cooperate on the thorough enforcement of the Programme
and review the effectiveness of this enforcement no later than 18 months
after the conclusion of the Agreement.
- The Commission will continuously monitor the impact of the changes
proposed by the USA and of the ENERGY STAR Programme on energy savings
and manufacturers at least one year before the expiry of a new Agreement
and it will analyse
possible future options for addressing the energy consumption of office
equipment, including replacing ENERGY STAR with alternative policy instruments.
You can see the Agreement here.
In June 2009, the new Energy
Star specifications have been adopted by the European Community for
computers and imaging equipment.
All the documents and new registration form are now available for download.
More info: EU
on "A Community Energy-Efficiency Labelling Programme for Office
Equipment". January 2008.
This regulation (No. 106/2008) was adopted by the Council of the European
Union and the European Parliament.
It sets up rules for
the Energy Star Programme
for energy efficient office equipment, such as
creation of an Energy Star board and
- creation of a work plan
by the Commission to develop the Energy Star Programme further.
This was replaced by new regulations in 2011 (see above)
Agreement on the continuation of Energy Star for another 5
years. December 2006.
In December 2006, the EU and the USA signed an agreement to
continue the Energy Star Programme for another 5 years. This new agreement
further developed criteria that take into account energy consumption
in both the use and the stand-by phases. It is now replaced by a new
agreement from 2011, see above.
Launching of the EU Energy Star Programme in Europe. November
In 2000, the EU Commission and the US Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) agreed to use the "Energy Star" in Europe. This agreement
came into force in November 2001 and the labelling process really began
in 2002. The
EU Energy Star labels energy efficient office equipment sold on the
European market. This made it easier
for consumers to buy energy efficient equipment in Europe.
Energy Star web site contains a Database with energy use and
performance information on all the European labeled office equipments,
so consumers can compare
Among the equipments are: computers, monitors, copy machines, faxes.
More than 60 brands are registered.
It is expected that the increased consumer focus on energy efficiency
star in the EU countries will save 10 TWh annually in 2015, equivalent
to about 0.4% of electricity consumption in the 15 EU countries.
The Energy Star web site includes an Energy Calculator. Thanks
to this function you can enter the characteristics of your
(computer, monitor, printer, modem) and
(how many hours
or off mode). With this information the calculator totals up
how much electricity your equipment consume per year and how much
does it cost.
While "Energy Star" is a good, simple sign of more energy
efficient products, it does not tell how to find the most
as it only has one category. The criteria to get the energy
star are gradually increasing.
more about the Energy Star in the EU on the European
web site. You can also see if your equipment qualifies for
a "star" or
choose your new computer on eu-energystar.org.
Read about the "Energy
Star" in the US at www.energystar.gov.
Databases on Equipments' Energy Consumption
There are other web-based databases like the Energy Star database such
Topten presents the best products available in
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy,
Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland. In addition
to office equipments other categories of items are available like cars,
cold, households, lamps and circulation pumps. However, some products like
computers are missing. Very few choices are available for each product
(maximum 16) but they are the best ones and they are well described (e.g.
electricity consumption for each mode).
Topten started in 2000 in a non-EU country (Switzerland) and was extended
in 2004 in France, in 2005 in Austria, in 2006 in Netherlands, Belgium,
Germany, Poland, Spain, in 2007 in Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Italy.
Topten is supported by Intelligent
Energy Europe and by WWF. It is implemented in each country by
national organisations and coordinated by ADEME (French Agency for Environment
and Energy Management).
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