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Introductory Comments for EU Breakout on Consumer Electronics. Noah Horowitz – Senior Scientist Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) [email protected] San Francisco, CA USA February 2014. Four Quick Points .

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Introductory comments for eu breakout on consumer electronics

Introductory Comments for EU Breakout on Consumer Electronics

Noah Horowitz – Senior Scientist

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

[email protected]

San Francisco, CA USA

February 2014


Four quick points

Four Quick Points

  • Consumer Electronics – represent 10-15+ % of residential household electricity use and are ripe for standards and/or labeling – TV example

  • US and EU regulatory schemes and timing differ considerably

  • Settings Really Matter

  • Harmonization – some parts make sense, others unrealistic


Introductory comments for eu breakout on consumer electronics

Improvements since 2008, the year ENERGY STAR v3 was finalized and California started its Title 20 Rulemaking

Typical 50 inch TV in 2008:

300 watts; 548 kWh/yr

$77/yr;

$770 over 10 years

Typical 50 inch TV in 2012:

100 watts; 183 kWh/yr

$26/yr

$260 over 10 years

Assumes 5 hrs/day viewing time and $0.14/kWh rate


42 inch tvs average wattage compared to energy star and california title 20 levels

42 Inch TVs: Average Wattage Compared to ENERGY STAR and California Title 20 Levels

  • Three-fourths reduction from 2006 to 2012

  • Together, ENERGY STAR and Title 20 had synergistic impacts


Us impacts 206 mmt co 2 e

US Impacts = 206 MMT CO2e


Settings really matter

Settings Really Matter

  • TVs – brightness level (home, vivid, retail), automatic brightness control on or off, quick start shipped

  • Game Consoles – Instant On, auto power down

  • Set Top Boxes – low power deep sleep

  • Computers and Monitors – power management settings


Introductory comments for eu breakout on consumer electronics

Initial Google TV - Quick Start Uses 24W standby If selected and in stdby 19 hrs/day = 166 kWh/yr or doubling of TV’s overall energy use. If enabled, LG 2013 model stays at 24W for 2 hours after being turned off

Note: Google now has Chromecast “Google TV” product that has much lower energy levels


Introductory comments for eu breakout on consumer electronics

EU: Xbox One Opt-in Screen During Set-up(In US shipped w/ instant on enabled and no opt out option during set up)

  • Due to EU’s horizontal standby regulation, Xbox One is shipped with “Instant On” disabled by default, but a setup screen allows users to enable it

  • The user interface language is biased toward encouraging users to enable Instant On

  • Is this approach compliant with the spirit of EU’s standby regulation?


Instant on connected standby of 110 kwh yr and 45 of overall xbox one s annual energy use

“Instant On” = Connected Standby Of 110 kWh/yr and 45% of Overall XBox One’s Annual Energy Use


Harmonization opportunities

Harmonization Opportunities

  • We should try hard to:

    • Use same metrics

    • Use same test method

    • Share test data – nothing confidential about an existing product’s energy use

    • Coordinate on verification/check testing


Eu us harmonization challenges

EU – US Harmonization Challenges

  • Standards setting processes on very different time lines. Almost impossible to coordinate

  • Very different labels: Europe (A-G), US Energy Star (just one level – yes or no).

  • Taking a weak or old standard and locking it in worldwide for many years to come is not the desired outcome.

  • Should update labeling levels whenever mandatory standards go into effect


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