No 330 - Weekly - 29 October 2009

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State Aid

 

 

 

 

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State aid: Commission closes investigation into public financing of ferry shipping services in Scotland

The European Commission has decided that public financing for the operation of ferry shipping services in Scotland is compatible with State aid rules. However, this decision is subject to the condition that the national authorities launch a transparent and non-discriminatory public tender for the operation of the Gourock-Dunoon route in the western islands. The Commission will continue to closely monitor the public financing of the Scottish ferry transport system in order to avoid any undue distortion of competition.

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Commission takes Portugal to the Court of Justice for infringing EU legislation on road charging

The European Commission has decided  to lodge a case to the Court of Justice over Portugal's failure to transpose into its national law common rules on charging heavy goods vehicles.

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Air Safety

 

Flying safer: Commission proposes new rules for better investigation of civil aviation accidents

The European Commission has adopted a proposal for a Regulation on the investigation and prevention of accidents and incidents in civil aviation. More efficient and independent inquiries into the causes of air accidents are essential to enhance the safety of air traffic. The Commission also aims to strengthen the rights of the victims of air accidents.

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Energy Star

 

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Energy Star: EU Commission and the US reinforce the energy efficiency standards for displays

The European Commission and the US Environmental Protection Agency have agreed to adopt new ambitious specifications for displays under the EU-US Energy Star Programme. The new criteria are effective as of today, and are expected to trigger about 9 TWh electricity savings during the next five years in the EU which is comparable to the annual electricity consumption of households in Bulgaria. Energy Star is part of the EU's strategy to better manage energy demand, contribute to security of energy supply and mitigate climate change.

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New Energy Star agreement

The European Commission and the US Environmental Protection Agency agreed this week on new ambitious specifications for displays.

What is Energy Star?

The European Energy Star Programme is a voluntary energy labelling programme for office equipment. It is part of the EU's strategy to better manage energy demand, contribute to security of energy supply and mitigate climate change. The Energy Star logo helps consumers identify office equipment products that save them money and help protect the environment by saving energy. Office information and communication technology equipment (computers, monitors, printers, fax machines, copiers, scanners and multifunction devices) is responsible for a growing share of electricity consumption in the EU. Manufacturers, assemblers, exporters, importers and retailers are invited to register with the European Commission allowing them to place the Energy Star label on products that meet or exceed energy-efficiency guidelines. The participation in the programme is voluntary.

 The first agreement

As office equipment is traded world-wide, an initial Agreement was signed December 2000 between the Government of the United States of America and the European Community intended to co-ordinate energy-efficient labelling programmes for office equipment – computers, monitors, copiers, printers, scanners and fax machines etc. – in two of the major global markets for office products. The Energy Star programme for office equipment aims at fostering the energy efficiency of office equipment without creating barriers to trade. The first Agreement came into force mid 2001 for an initial period of five years. Manufacturers participate in the Energy Star programme on a voluntary basis. In addition, a regulation adopted in November 2001 establishes the general rules and procedures for the implementation of the Energy Star programme in the Community.

Second agreement

Early 2006 the Council gave a mandate to the Commission to negotiate with the USA a new Energy Star Agreement for office equipment. The negotiations were successfully finalised in June 2006 with an agreement coming into force in December 2006. Taking into account the experiences of the first period of programme implementation, this second agreement contains demanding and innovative energy efficiency criteria. These criteria cover the energy consumption both in the standby and in the use phase.

 

The new agreement

New technical specifications for displays (including monitors) were developed together with EU Member States, the US Environmental Protection Agency and stakeholders from around the world. These new criteria for displays are expected to save about 9 TWh in the EU alone due to purchases over the next three years, which is comparable to the annual electricity consumption of households in Bulgaria. The savings will be achieved over the lifetime of the products, i.e. during four to five years.

 

 

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•  Public Consultations

No new public consultations were posted this week.

 

 

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Calls for Tenders

No new calls for tender were posted this week.

 

 

         
 

Please note that the announcement of technical reports and documents recently produced in specific energy and transport sectors can be found on the "What's New" pages of the corresponding chapters of Energy and Transport on the EUROPA website.

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