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of Effectiveness of the EU Energy Star Programme. 2016 Read
Third Cooperation Agreement. November 2011 Read
Regulation on "A Community Energy-Efficiency Labelling Programme
for Office Equipment". January 2008. Read
Second Cooperation Agreement. December
on "A Community Energy-Efficiency Labelling Programme
for Office Equipment" Read
of the First EU Energy Star Programme in Europe Read
in Europe. Database, Calculator. November 2001 Read
of Effectiveness of the EU Energy Star Programme, 2016.
On April 2016, the
European Commission (EC) provided a Roadmap for the evaluation of
the effectiveness of the EU Energy Star programme.
The purpose of this evaluation is to provide informed support in light
of a possible renewal of the Energy Star Agreement between the EU and
the USA, expiring on the 20th of February 2018.
Read more about the
roadmap here (pdf).
Third Cooperation Agreement. November 2011.
November 2011, before the expiration of the last 5 years agreement,
the EU and the USA initiated a new Energy Star EU-US Agreement on the
coordination of energy-efficient labelling programs for office equipment.This
Agreement was signed in December 2012 and approved with Council Decision
Regulation 174/2013 extended the program for a further 5 years (until
The adjustments suggested
by the European Commission for the prolongation of the agreement are
- EU and USA will follow two different product registration systems, due to the
decision of the USA to introduce third party certification. There will be not
mutual recognition, but steps will be taken to ensure that USA's 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
energy-efficiency requirements not less demanding than the Common Specifications
for public 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.
- EU 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 European 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.
In summary, this
third agreement allows self-certification of products registered for
the United States does allow anymore
the import of products labelled under the EU program.
2014/202/EU, in force since May 2014, added two new product categories
(servers and uninterruptible power supplies) and a revision of specifications
for displays and imaging equipment.
Commission Decision 2015/1402/EU has updated the minimal specification for
Read more about the
agreement here (pdf).
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).
Second Cooperation Agreement. December
In December 2006, the EU and the USA signed an agreement to
continue the Energy Star Programme for another 5 years. This Agreement
introduces further developed criteria that take into account energy
in both the use and the stand-by phases. It is now replaced by a new
agreement from 2011 (see above).
of the First EU Energy Star Programme in Europe. November 2001.
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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