Energy Star standards mandatory for institutions

EU institutions and member state authorities must now use Energy Star efficiency criteria as a minimum standard when purchasing office equipment, following EU approval of a revised Regulation on the Energy Star eco-label on 17 December.1

Office equipment includes computers, monitors, printers and copiers, water coolers and external power adapters.

In a statement, the European Commission said it was the first time the Council and European Parliament have agreed to set mandatory energy efficiency criteria for public procurement.

EU energy commissioner Andris Piebalgs said the move would push manufacturers to put energy efficient equipment on the market, while making good use of public money.

The EU Energy Star programme follows an agreement between the US government and the European Union to coordinate voluntary energy labelling of certain energy-using products. In 2006 the scheme was estimated to have avoided 37.3 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent emissions in the US alone.

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