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Digital Britain

Volume 712: debated on Wednesday 8 July 2009

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Digital Britain report examined how much energy is required to run a digital radio and how much to run an analogue radio for the same length of time. [HL4662]

The Digital Britain final report stated that the energy consumption of digital radios is now broadly comparable to that of analogue, but cheaper digital equipment has yet to achieve parity. The Government have committed to work closely with manufacturers to examine this and other aspects of the environmental impact of the digital radio upgrade. A full analysis will form part of the impact assessment to be produced as part of the planning for the implementation of the digital radio upgrade.