Senior executives at HP think that the European Commission is approaching a milestone in its attempts to improve energy efficiency and that strict new legislation could be in place within two years, Green Business News reports.
HP predicts that the new proposals would result in wider adoption of energy efficiency specifications in public procurements because inefficient products could be discontinued, making support more difficult.
Experts also signaled that progress was being made towards banning inefficient electrical products under the Energy Using Products (EUP) directive which is due to be transposed by member states by August 11th this year. It covers 14 different areas including PCs, printers and consumer electronics, and has the power to ban products that fail to meet minimum standards and ensure the energy efficiency of products is included on labeling.
HP says it wants a largely voluntary element to any improvements in energy efficiency.