Eurosceptic media have recently had a field day blasting the EU for taking away citizens’ right to…clean their carpets. But from 1 September they too will benefit from quieter and more efficient vacuum cleaners that will save consumers money with no loss performance.
Coolproducts campaigners and other NGOs are publishing today a report focusing on 18 months of research into the test standards of three popular consumer products covered by the energy label scheme – dishwashers, refrigerators and televisions. The study found that the test standards, when used for the declaration of energy-performance of these products, do not always reflect typical consumer usage and technological developments.
Appliance manufacturers are betting big on digital, but European authorities are ill prepared to police the brave new world.
Early morning US East Coast time on 21 October and internet giants Amazon and Twitter start to notice mischief traffic on their sites. The flow soon grows to a torrent so intense that within hours, the titans of internet traffic spin out of control and go black. Tumblr, Reddit, Spotify and Netflix were brought to their knees the same day. The attack was different not just because of the size of the scalps claimed by hackers, but because they had weaponised a vast drone army of toasters, video cameras, washing machines and other ‘internet of things’ home appliances with little or no defences. The Atlantic ran an experiment shortly afterwards, setting up a wifi toaster and watching it come under attack within just an hour of being turned on.
This time last year the Dieselgate scandal erupted. The notorious cheating brought a car giant to its knees and is now threatening others. Less well known are the regulatory parallels between automotive and the appliance sector.