EU sets new ecodesign rules for freezers, TVs

The European Commission on Wednesday targeted industrial motors, television sets, refrigerators and other appliances with new eco-design rules aimed at improving energy efficiency.

The Commission said four eco-design regulations that included circulators, found in buildings' boiler or heating systems, and freezers will save about 190 Terrawatt-hours (TWh) of electricity per year by 2020 if fully implemented.

This is comparable to the combined annual electricity consumption of Sweden and Austria, the Commission said.

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"It will save impressive amounts of electricity, CO2 emissions and electricity costs, while creating jobs," EU Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs said in a statement.

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