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Circular economy 13-11-2019

Circular economy erected as ‘number one priority’ of European Green Deal

The circular economy, including new waste and recycling laws, will represent "half" of the EU's effort to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, and will be erected as "the number one priority" of the upcoming European Green Deal, officials have said.
Energy 12-03-2019

Activists hail new EU energy labelling rules for TVs, fridges

Consumer organisations have applauded an EU proposal to restore the familiar A-G energy labelling scale for goods like fridges, TV screens, and washing machines, saying the current ‘A+’ system is confusing for shoppers.
Energy 12-10-2017

Policymakers set eyes on next wave of EU lighting laws

Almost ten years after the European Union banned incandescent light bulbs, policymakers are turning their attention to less immediate aspects of lighting – ranging from productivity gains in the workplace and classrooms to human well-being and even emotional health.
Energy 03-06-2016

Commission rapped for ‘cheating’ on energy efficiency finance

MEP Claude Turmes (Greens, Luxembourg), sharply criticised the European Commission for disregarding social aspects in energy efficiency and for not providing technical assistance for such projects.
Climate change 28-02-2016

EU’s ban on inefficient toasters delayed to avoid pro-Brexit press attack

The EU has put plans to regulate inefficient kettles and toasters into cold storage amid fears in Brussels that they could galvanise support for the leave campaign in the UK’s 23 June referendum.
NEC Advanced Personal Computer

Academics probe built-in obsolescence of fridges, notebooks

Researchers at the Öko-Institut and the University of Bonn found that consumers were replacing their fridges, flatscreen TVs and notebooks more and more frequently. But how much of that is down to "built-in obsolescence" is still unclear.
Energy 19-02-2015

EU introduces new rules to make cooking greener

The sale of energy-wasting ovens and cooking hobs will be banned across the European Union after the latest set of rules to make household appliances more efficient takes effect on Friday, (20 February).
Digital 15-01-2015

EU could legislate to make cloud and office servers greener

SPECIAL REPORT: European Commission officials are considering whether to regulate to enforce energy efficiency standards on enterprise servers, technology vital for cloud computing.
Energy 16-12-2014

After ‘Hoovergate’, EU torn over power-saving rules

When word of an EU ban on high-power vacuum cleaners hit Eurosceptic British tabloids in August, "Hoovergate" brought home a dilemma for the bloc that goes well beyond house-proud devotees of deep-pile English carpet.
Energy 07-02-2014

Energy label review proposes beefed up regime

A comprehensive review of EU energy labelling and Ecodesign measures has called for an overhaul of confusing energy label classes, and tougher market surveillance of eco-cheats, backed up by robust penalties.
Energy 24-09-2013

Commission ‘buckled under pressure’ for soft energy labels

The European Commission has succumbed to heavy lobbying from the electric heating industry and is set to approve an energy labelling scheme that misrepresents its appliances' true efficiency performance, according to environmental and consumers groups. 
Energy 08-04-2013

Low-key vote on dodgy boilers promises ‘massive’ CO2 cuts

A below-the-radar vote in an obscure EU committee to set new efficiency standards for central heating boilers has sealed energy savings that could equal 10% of Europe’s energy consumption by 2020, green groups say.
Energy 22-06-2012

Appliance makers press for eco-design legislation

Electronics giants Electrolux, Philips and the Bosch-Siemens-Home Appliances Group said yesterday (June 21) that the European Commission must speed up the ecodesign legislation to help businesses and consumers save billions of euros through more efficient products.

Commission ‘passive’ on waste, Ecodesign enforcement

The European Commission needs to take the implementation of recycling and Ecodesign laws more seriously, said green campaigner and waste policy expert Stéphane Arditi.

Advocate says understaffing hurts eco-design directive

The European Commissions' promising eco-design directive is struggling to gain traction because of staff shortages, undermining efforts to set energy-efficiency standards for products, said one expert who monitors the legislation.

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