A major issue for the cluster is the Ecodesign directive 2009/125/EC and the Energy Labeling Directive. The Commission estimates that by 2020 the Ecodesign Directive will save 400 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions within the EU – this is comparable to the Emissions Trading Scheme's (ETS) anticipated contribution to carbon dioxide reductions in 2020 . The digital industry sees this legislative framework as an appropriate tool to reduce energy consumption of products in use and standby. DIGITALEUROPE however advocates a constructive dialogue to make best use of the instrument taking into account alternative drivers such as market forces and initiatives such as Code of Conducts or the Green Grid Initiative to increase energy efficiency.
DIGITALEUROPE is actively involved providing our response on the following:
The EU Energy Star programme aims to improve the energy efficiency of information technology office equipment by awarding the EU Energy Star® label to products which fulfill certain energy efficiency requirements. The programme was initiated in the US but is now worldwide. DIGITALEUROPE has supported this programme and the European partnership from the very beginning and continues to work to ensure its successful implementation. All of DIGITALEUROPE's members companies, supplying products within the scope of EU Energy Star® programme are encouraged to participate. The website can be found at http://www.eu-energystar.org
The printers working group brings together environmental and business expertise from the imaging equipment sector (printer and copier manufacturers). Its membership cuts across other DIGITALEUROPE clusters, in particular chemicals and ecodesign. It looks at specific issues that may not be covered elsewhere, such as printer emissions, ink and toner cartridge issues, GPP/ecolabels, and the provisions of horizontal legislation applicable to consumables (e.g. WEEE and RoHS recast).