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September 09, 2007

Tories on Energy and the Environment

Oh dear. You'd like to think that people coming up with ideas to change the law would understand which laws they are able to change, wouldn't you?

Under the proposals, caps would be set on how much energy all electrical appliances can use. Goods exceeding those limits would be banned from sale after a set date.

Household electrical goods would also have to be fitted with labels that would allow consumers to see at point of sale how much energy the device will typically use in a year and how it compares with its peers.

The Tories also plan to pull the plug on the "stand-by" function on many electrical goods, which accounts for more than 2 per cent of Britain's electricity use. Electrical goods that could be kept on stand-by indefinitely would also be banned from sale after a set date.

We have something called the European Single Market. That means that you're not allowed to make such rules which are differnt from those in other EU countries: certainly, it is illegal for you to stop the sale of something which is legal in another of said countries.

I have a very strong feeling therefore that this suggestion is not actually within the powers of the UK government: it's an EU competence.

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it is illegal for you to stop the sale of something which is legal in another of said countries.

Hmmm - can't we use that about cannabis & the Netherlands?

Tim adds: Unfotunately not. But I'm pretty sure it does appply to electrical and electronic goods.

Posted by: Jock | Sep 9, 2007 10:00:16 AM

I think he's off the mark on the Stamp Duty Land Tax rebate idea as well.

Posted by: Mark Wadsworth | Sep 9, 2007 10:51:16 AM

They won't be able to stop Windows putting computers on standby. You can put the telly on standby by turning the brightness and sound down. I'm afraid the more they legislate, the more energy I'll use out of pure bloody-mindedness (being as I don't buy AGW as being measurable, controllable or harmful).

Posted by: DocBud | Sep 9, 2007 11:40:03 AM

There's no reason why British-made equipment cannot be limited in such a matter by law at manufacture. Following Cassis de Dijon (?) it will compete against EU-made goods which DO have standby. The consumer will choose between the standby TV and the one she has to switch on and off manually.

The consumer being completely informed as to the consequences of her purchase decision, the market decides. Isn't this the mantra?

Posted by: The Aunt | Sep 9, 2007 12:54:37 PM

I just have TV, light, video, DVD and cassette player hooked up to one five-way plug, which goes into one socket, and I turn the whole lot off at the mains...oops, they'll ban wall sockets without swtiches and force everybody to replace them, much to the joy of the HIP inspectors and the sparkies' union. Damn!

Posted by: Mark Wadsworth | Sep 9, 2007 4:54:57 PM