EU policy

The EU ENERGY STAR Programme follows an Agreement between the USA Government and the European Union on the co-ordination of voluntary energy labelling of office equipment, approved by the EU Council in April 2003. The management entity for ENERGY STAR is the European Commission, Directorate General for Energy (DG ENERGY), advised by the Member States and stakeholders' experts in the European Community ENERGY STAR Board (ECESB). The Work Plan of the Commission gives an overview of the scope and planning of work with the ECESB. Current topics include the Development of specifications for monitors and imaging equipment with US EPA (see PDF downloads in right column). Activities to promote the EU ENERGY STAR, such as this website, are part of SAVE, which is now part of the Intelligent Energy - Europe (IEE) programme.

EU legislation that is potentially relevant for the energy efficiency of office equipment includes:

The relevant policy objectives for these (and other) measures are:

The European Commission's efforts in the framework of Kyoto are co-ordinated within the European Climate Change Programme (ECCP). Links to initiatives in individual countries or groups of countries, related to energy efficient office equipment, can be found here.

Some EU policies and measures relating to all environmental aspects of office equipment, with no special emphasis on energy, are:

An example of EU policy in the field of promoting the use of IT equipment is the eEurope 2005 programme, targeted at E-Learning, E-Finance, E-Health and E-Commerce.

Voluntary actions for the office sector in the IEE programme are the Green Light programme and the Code of Conduct on External Power Supplies.