Tagged with energy performance standards

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

Consumers benefiting from energy efficiency standards

Consumers benefiting from energy efficiency standards

It is encouraging to see that the Consumer Federation of America has reported to the Department of Energy of the benefits that consumers are enjoying from important federal minimum energy performance standards. This is their article on YubaNet.com from Nevada County, California. Are comparable calculations available for Europe?   New Analysis Shows Energy Efficiency Standards … Continue reading

“Standardization was the key to the industrial revolution…” so why not for improving energy efficiency in buildings

“Standardization was the key to the industrial revolution…” so why not for improving energy efficiency in buildings

Ellen Bell from the Environmental Defense Fund writes a good post on the Smart Energy Decisions website about how efficiency standards for commercial buildings can save both energy and significantly lower energy costs. Ellen Bell manages the Environmental Defense Fund’s Redefining Energy Efficiency Project by working with commercial office buildings and other partners in Chicago. … Continue reading