Brussels, 21 December 2006
“I am very satisfied that we will continue to foster the energy efficiency of office equipment together with our American partners. This is in line with our commitment to reinforce international cooperation on the energy efficiency of goods traded worldwide. The new Agreement will ensure substantial energy savings, to the benefit of both consumers and the environment", remarked Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs.
The new Agreement was signed by the Finnish Presidency of the EU and the US Environmental Protection Agency in Washington yesterday. The initiative was welcomed by EU Member States as the programme also provides them with valuable data on the efficiency of office equipment, which they can subsequently utilise in their own public procurement initiatives.
Improving the energy performance of appliances is one of the top priorities
of the Commission's recent Energy Efficiency Action Plan. The implementation of
the Energy Star programme in the EU will be adapted according to the experience
gained during the first programme period, which started in 2001. The programme
encourages and supports procurers and consumers in purchasing efficient products
through the provision of a label for equipment complying with the
programme’s energy efficiency criteria. It also provides assistance on how
to save energy and money through the proper use of equipment.
Further information on the programme is available: