FIE has written to European Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas seeking the extension of Star Energy ratings to televisions. Through a loophole in the law, television are not required to show their power consumption yet huge modern plasma TVs can require many times the power of traditional TVs.
If half of British home owners bought a plasma-screen TV, two nuclear power stations would have to be built to meet the extra energy demand - some 2.5 gigawatts.
FIE's letter to the European Commissioner points out that conservation must be the cornerstone of government's policy but that without proper information, the consumer will be unable to play his part and member states like Ireland are unable to introduced minimum standards.
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