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News tagged with „Energy consumption“

  • 3 News

March 2010

22.03.2010 – ZEW (kre/kbo)

New European Union Energy Label Slows Down Sales of Energy-Saving Appliances

The European Commission makes a second attempt to introduce a new energy label for electric appliances. This label is to encourage the European consumers to buy energy-saving appliances. However, there are some signs that the second attempt will not be successful either. If an appliance carries the new energy label instead of the existing European Energy Label, low energy consumption does not have a great impact on the consumer decision. Consumers are not willing to pay more for an energy-saving appliance if it is labelled with the new energy label. These are the findings of a study by Stefanie Heinzle and Rolf Wüstenhagen (University of St. Gallen) within the research project seco@home that is coordinated by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) Mannheim. The study compares TV sets with the existing European Energy Label and the new energy label as well as the labels’ impacts on consumers. read more

February 2010

22.02.2010 – ZEW/Creditreform (msu/ggr)

Green IT - A Lot of Unused Potential for Increasing the Energy Efficiency in Companies

"Green IT" is often discussed in the current climate debate. This leads to the impression that companies are influenced by aspects like energy efficiency and environmental protection when using information technologies (IT). The findings of a survey conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim and Creditreform indicate that this is only sometimes the case. The survey analyses around 900 companies with a particularly high usage of IT. read more

January 2010

18.01.2010 – ZEW/Creditreform (msu/ggr)

Service Providers of the Information Society - Companies deploy Green IT primarily in order to reduce operating costs

The term Green IT includes apart from the energy efficient and environmentally friendly production and disposal of information and communication technology (ICT) also the reduction of emissions via the use of ICT. Meanwhile, more than half of the companies of the economic sector service providers of the information society use telephone conferences as a substitute for business trips. For this purpose, a whole series of companies falls back on net-meetings and video conferences. The greatest advantage of Green IT for the companies is the reduction of operating costs, followed by gains in efficiency and productivity as well as the positive effects with regard to the image of the company. This is the result of a business survey among service providers of the information society, conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research in cooperation with the credit reference agency Creditreform, Neuss, in December 2009 (details regarding the survey are provided below). read more


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