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EU to Ban Plasma TVs in Latest Energy-Efficient Move

January 13, 2009 10:26 AM
by Sarah Amandolare
New European Union legislation is expected to ban energy inefficient plasma screen televisions, part of a larger effort to make homes more energy efficient.

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Plasma screen televisions, which “can consume four times as much energy as traditional televisions,” could soon be banned by new European Union legislation, reports the Daily Telegraph. The announcement follows steps taken by Energy Star and the state of California to reduce the energy consumption of televisions.

According to the Daily Telegraph, plasma screen televisions “have been dubbed the ‘4x4s’ of the living room,” prompting the EU to take action. Televisions will be required to meet minimum standards of energy efficiency, and the most inefficient televisions will be “phased out.” Remaining televisions will be given energy ratings labels to help consumers discern between different models.

Energy Star has led the way for more energy efficient televisions. On Nov. 2, officially revised specifications for greener TVs were announced, and those meeting the specifications now carry a new Energy Star logo. TVs were tested for efficiency when turned on and off, a more stringent method, according to CNET.

And earlier this month, California state regulators announced preparations for “the nation’s first rules requiring retailers to sell only the most energy-efficient models, starting in 2011,” reports the Los Angeles Times. Despite opposition from the consumer electronics industry, officials maintain that the standards would greatly reduce California’s “annual energy needs.”

Reference: Guides to TV and Green Living

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