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Energy: Electronic Equipment

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to (a) discourage manufacturers of electrical and electronic equipment from making devices which can only function if left switched on permanently and (b) require such manufacturers to provide information to prospective purchasers on the energy consumption of their products. (295059)

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The G8 summit in Gleneagles in June 2005 undertook to promote the International Energy Agency's "One Watt" initiative as part of a package of measures designed to reduce carbon emissions in the home. The UK remains fully committed to this and played a major role in bringing into force the EU Ecodesign requirements for standby and off power mode for electrical and electronic household and office equipment. This Regulation comes into force on 7 January 2010.

The Government work through the EU to agree energy labels for individual products under the Energy Labelling Framework Directive. The Directive is currently being amended to increase the scope in line with the recently revised Ecodesign Directive to include energy related products, and non-domestic as well as domestic products. The Energy Labelling Directive requires manufacturers to provide labels, and for retailers to display them to enable consumers to make informed choices about the relative energy efficiency of products covered by implementing measures. Further, in the UK the Energy Saving Trust endorses the best products in class through its Energy Saving Recommended logo.