BRUSSELS, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) -- European Union (EU) member states on Friday endorsed the European Commission's proposals for two regulations aimed at reducing the electricity consumption.
The first one targets office, industrial and street lighting products while the second affects the devices that convert digital TV signals to analogue signals, known as simple set-top boxes.
Agreement was reached at a meeting of EU's Ecodesign Regulatory Committee.
The first regulation will reduce by up to 15 percent the electricity consumption of office, industrial and street lighting products. The annual savings, 38 TWh, are equal to roughly the annual electricity consumption of Romania, said the commission, the executive body of the EU.
The second measure will reduce almost two thirds of electricity consumption of the simple set-top boxes for television by 2014 when the use of the boxes will peak. By 2020, when these devices disappear from the market as old TV sets are replaced by new ones, adapted to digital broadcasting, 47 TWh should be saved. The savings exceeds the annual electricity generation from nuclear power in Finland and Slovakia combined.
The regulations will now be scrutinized by the European Parliament. They are scheduled for formal adoption by the commission in January 2009.
The commission envisages further ecodesign measures in the coming months to cover more product groups such as lamps used in the domestic sector.