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Brussels, 29 October 2009

Energy Star: EU Commission and the US reinforce the energy efficiency standards for displays

The European Commission and the US Environmental Protection Agency have agreed today to adopt new ambitious specifications for displays under the EU-US Energy Star Programme. The new criteria are effective as of today, and are expected to trigger about 9 TWh electricity savings during the next five years in the EU which is comparable to the annual electricity consumption of households in Bulgaria. Energy Star is part of the EU's strategy to better manage energy demand, contribute to security of energy supply and mitigate climate change.

“Energy Star is a good example of successful energy efficiency cooperation with the US, delivering concrete energy and CO 2 savings worldwide, while saving citizens' and enterprises' money. The new criteria are an important step towards our energy efficiency and climate protection targets ", said Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs.

The new technical specifications for displays (including monitors) were developed together with EU Member States, the US Environmental Protection Agency and stakeholders from around the world. The new criteria for displays are expected to save about 9 TWh in the EU alone as a result of purchases over the next three years. The savings will be achieved over the lifetime of the products, i.e. over a period of four to five years. Criteria for new office equipment categories will be added soon to the EU-US Energy Star programme. Further information on the EU Energy Star programme is available here .

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