Recommendations TVs

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Summary

The most energy efficient TVs on today’s market are LCD-TVs with LED-backlight. They consume about 25% less electricity than conventional LCD-TVs with CCFL-backlight and 40% less than plasma TVs. Energy efficiency in TVs is increasing rapidly thanks to market dynamics and technological development. On the other hand the trends towards two TVs per household and larger screen sizes contribute to an increasing power consumption by the use of TVs in European households. Total electricity consumption of TVs in the EU-27 is estimated at 60 TWh for 2007. The EU ecodesign regulation on televisions combined with the energy label is expected to lead to annual savings of 43 TWh by 2020 – which is less than the expected increase. In order to realise a higher saving potential, energy saving TVs have to be effectively promoted.

The energy label for TVs has been mandatory since December 2011. The introduction of the label has sped up the development towards more efficient TVs. The best models already reach class A++. The Ecodesign regulation currently in force was adopted in 2009 and was based on old consumption data. Today the market has become so much more efficient that the ecodesign measures unfold only little effect. In 2012 the ecodesign regulation will be revised.

Policy recommendations in short:

Ecodesign revision:
The future minimum efficiency requirements shall be based on the Best available Technology (BAT).

Energy label:
In mid-term also the energy labelling scheme should be revised. Soon more A+ and A++ models will be on the market. An A to G scheme should be envisaged.

Integrated digital receivers:
As soon as the transition from analogue to digital TV has been completed in the EU, TV sets should be required to feature an integrated digital receiver, which makes set top boxes obsolete.

May 2012