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

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Introductory Comments for EU Breakout on Consumer Electronics

Noah Horowitz – Senior Scientist

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

San Francisco, CA USA

February 2014

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

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


$770 over 10 years

Typical 50 inch TV in 2012:

100 watts; 183 kWh/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

  • Three-fourths reduction from 2006 to 2012

  • Together, ENERGY STAR and Title 20 had synergistic impacts

US Impacts = 206 MMT CO2e

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

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

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

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

  • 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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