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EU's Eco-Labeling Scheme To Tackle More Products

Date: 18-Nov-09
Country: BELGIUM
Author: Pete Harrison

BRUSSELS - Windows, taps and home insulation will in future have to carry energy performance labels in the European Union after EU negotiators reached a deal on Tuesday.

Within about a year, the EU's eco-labeling scheme will be extended to cover goods beyond the existing narrow range of domestic electrical appliances, such as fridges, dishwashers, washing machines and light bulbs.

The scheme will now be extended to all "energy-related products," including taps, shower-heads, televisions, windows and building materials.

"This directive helps consumers within the EU to make conscious choices that benefit the environment and climate," said Swedish Industry Minister Maud Olofsson.

The move proves the EU can put practical actions behind its pledge to cut carbon dioxide emissions, she added.

The provisional deal was agreed in closed-door negotiations between representatives of the European Parliament and the EU's 27 member countries, and will probably receive formal approval in coming weeks.

The EU plans to cut CO2 emissions to a fifth below 1990 levels over the next decade, but it may cut by nearly a third if other countries make comparable pledges at global climate talks in December.

(Editing by David Brunnstrom)

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