The European Union and the U.S. will continue the Energy Star program for office equipment for another five years. Based on the energy efficiency criteria for computers, copiers, printers and computer monitors, the new agreement is expected to yield 30 TWh electricity savings -? the approximate equivalent of the electricity demand in Hungary – in the EU over the next three years.
The new agreement was signed in Washington yesterday by Ambassador John Bruton, Head of the Delegation of the European Commission in Washington, by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Deputy Administrator, Marcus Peacock, and by the Ambassador of Finland, Pekka Lintu, representing the Finnish EU Presidency.
The program provides EU Member States with data on the efficiency of office equipment, which they can subsequently utilize in their own public procurement initiatives.