In addition to making the Energy Star logo obligatory for public procurements of equipment, the new law formalizes an agreement reached last December with the U.S. government to extend the Energy Star plan for another five years, with higher energy efficiency requirements than those in place now."
There was a time when many European nations (pre-Union) followed up on US government-led initiatives for the environment. From the early 1970's on, the US was far ahead of Europe on such things as limiting use of dangerous pesticides, phasing out PCB use in transformers, and even banning leaded gasoline. That leadership roll seemed to reverse beginning about 1990. So, its good to see that at least something "made in the USA" for the good of the environment is getting respect overseas. Via:: InfoWorld Image credit:: European Parliment press gallery, Nickolaos Vikalis