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Brussels plan to reintroduce wasteful lighting technologies

Brussels plan to reintroduce wasteful lighting technologies

The European Commission plans to allow highly inefficient, poor quality office and street light technologies back onto the market, reversing bans that have been in place for years. Offices could reintroduce lighting that is 15% darker and breaches European light quality and comfort standards. Street lighting could go backwards too, saving money in the short-term but reducing light quality and locking public authorities to higher energy bills for years.

Finally, energy label reforms begin

Finally, energy label reforms begin

Product policies are a big deal, cutting as much energy as the EU emissions trading scheme, and building fuel bill savings of more than €450 for every European home each year from 2020. Energy labels are the ‘pull’, against Ecodesign’s market-based ‘push’. But as products have grown more efficient, labels became a “victim of their own success”, as Commissioner Canete said today; increasingly held back by a compromise agreed in 2010 to add plus symbols after the A rating to reward top models. Today, in Juncker’s firstEuropean Commission legislative proposal, we began a move back to an A-G system, which polling shows is much clearer for shoppers.