Monday, January 12, 2009

Climate Change: EU - Plasma TVs latest victim of climate change fever

Energy-guzzling flatscreen plasma televisions will soon be banned as part of the battle against climate change, ministers have revealed.

“Minimum-energy performance standards” for televisions are expected to be agreed across Europe this spring, they say, and this should lead to “phasing out the most inefficient TVs”. At the same time, a compulsory labelling system will be drawn up to identify the best and worst devices.

The moves, which follow last week's withdrawal of the 100W incandescent lightbulb, are part of a drive to slow the rapid growth of electricity consumption in homes by phasing out wasteful devices and introducing more efficient ones. Giant plasma televisions can consume four times as much energy as traditional TVs that used cathode ray tubes (CRTs).
Published by Mike Hitchen, Mike Hitchen Consulting
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