[LINK] Proposed national legislation for Minimum Energy Performance and Labelling

Tom Worthington tom.worthington at tomw.net.au
Sat Sep 19 11:23:17 AEST 2009

The Australian Department of the Environment and Heritage issued a 
"Discussion Paper on proposed national legislation for Minimum Energy 
Performance Standards (MEPS) and Energy Labelling" in August 2009 

This is of relevance to the computer and telecommunications industries, 
as the legislation would cover "IT and Office Equipment", including 
Computers, laptops, monitors, and power supplies, as well as "Home 
Entertainment": Televisions, Set-top boxes, DVDs, Home theatre and "New 
technologies". The document is 28 pages of PDF (82 Kbytes). A public 
information forum will be held in Canberra on 21 September 2009.

There is also a covering document describing the process. Unfortunately, 
unlike the discussion paper itself, the covering document and the 
details of the discussion forum are in the form of PDF files which have 
been set to prevent copying, making it very difficult to distribute the 
information. It seems likely that this was an honest mistake by the 
Department, rather than a deliberate attempt to limit public access to 
the information.

For some excerpts from the paper, see my blog: 

Tom Worthington FACS HLM, TomW Communications Pty Ltd. t: 0419496150
PO Box 13, Belconnen ACT 2617, Australia  http://www.tomw.net.au
Adjunct Lecturer, The Australian National University t: 02 61255694
Computer Science http://cs.anu.edu.au/people.php?StaffID=140274

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