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Refusing to follow EU rules on energy efficiency standards will put UK manufacturers on the back foot

Refusing to follow EU rules on energy efficiency standards will put UK manufacturers on the back foot

In recent months, Andrew Warren, a former special advisor to the House of Commons environment select committee and a regular contributor to EiD, has written on the impact of Brexit on aspects of British energy efficiency policy.  Actually, these have implications for important industries in Britain. In this article, recently published on the Business Green … Continue reading

Toyota’s reputation at stake because it is not siding with California over fuel-efficiency standards

Toyota’s reputation at stake because it is not siding with California over fuel-efficiency standards

Toyota has spent decades cultivating an environmentally conscious reputation for pioneering the Prius, the first mass-market hybrid in the United States, along with other hybrid cars. Now that reputation may suffer because it has sided with the federal government against the government of California over stricter fuel efficiency standards for vehicles.  Dino Grandoni explains in … Continue reading

Lawsuit in US challenging federal government’s rollback on energy performance standards for light bulbs

Lawsuit in US challenging federal government’s rollback on energy performance standards for light bulbs

The US federal government is actively rolling back on  its energy and climate policies. Only this week President Trump confirmed it will leave the Paris climate agreement next year, the earliest date possible to withdraw. The federal government is also challenging California on fuel efficiency standards.  The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has now recently … Continue reading

New Ecodesign measures: adding new energy savings to reach 2030 target

New Ecodesign measures: adding new energy savings to reach 2030 target

The European Commission recently adopted new Ecodesign measures for 10 product groups. For the first time, the measures include requirements for repairability and recyclability, contributing to circular economy objectives by improving the life span, maintenance, re-use, upgrade, recyclability and waste handling of appliances. Industry, environmental and consumer groups welcomed these new requirements.  The Commission has … Continue reading

Proposal to reverse an Obama-era rule affecting efficiency standards for certain types of lightbulbs will have serious impact on long-term energy and climate objectives

Proposal to reverse an Obama-era rule affecting efficiency standards for certain types of lightbulbs will have serious impact on long-term energy and climate objectives

Globally, there has been considerable success in improving the efficiency of lightbulbs through energy performance and labelling standards. The current administration in Washington is proposing to reverse a 2017 decision to expand the types of bulbs covered under stronger standards. Manufacturers argue the stronger 2017 standards were put in place illegally, but the process-driven debate … Continue reading