Country:European Union
Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:1999
Policy Type:Regulatory Instruments
Policy Target:
Agency:European Commission, DG Environment
Legal References:Commission Decision 1999/698/EC of 13 October 1999 establishing the ecological criteria for the award of the Community eco-label to portable computers.
Description:The EU established criteria for awarding the European Unions Eco-label to laptop computers with decision 1999/698/EC. The current criteria aim to reduce the energy use of these products, to encourage the reuse and recycling of their components, and finally to reduce the use of hazardous substances involved in manufacturing laptop computers. They require manufactures to produce portable computers with a maximum "sleep mode" power consumption of 5 watts and a maximum "off mode" power use of 3 watts. Manufacturers are also required to offer 3 year guarantees on their products (valid from the date of delivery to the consumer), make products that are modular in design and have easy access to the components, and take back laptops at the end of their useful lives "free of charge" or take back components that have been replaced. These criteria are scheduled to be revised in two years to adapt the energy requirements to technological innovation and market developments.

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