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Off mode, standby and networked standby

Energy consumption for products with standby and off-mode.

Energy savings

A wide range of equipment – computers, TVs, audio and video equipment, microwave ovens and electric toys – can have standby and off modes.

  • Since 2009 these devices are required to switch into a low power mode (such as standby) after a reasonable amount of time
  • Since 2013, they must not consume more than 0.5 Watts in standby or in off mode

These rules have reduced annual electricity consumption by around 35.5 TWh per year – the equivalent to the annual energy consumption of Romania. This has saved consumers €25 billion per year and 39 Mt of CO2 emissions.

EU ecodesign requirements are mandatory for all manufacturers and suppliers wishing to sell products consuming electric power in standby and off mode in the EU.

Network-connected standby devices

Modern appliances are increasingly connected to the internet during standby mode, consuming higher amounts of energy. This includes networked televisions and decoders, printers, game consoles and modems.

  • Specific requirements for network-connected standby devices were introduced in 2013.
  • Since January 2017 networked standby devices must not consume more than 3 to 12 Watts depending on the product.

This compares to 20 to 80 Watts previously. This decrease is expected to save an additional 36-38 TWh.

Documents

 

16 OCTOBER 2018
Commission guidelines: Ecodesign requirements for off mode, standby and networked standby
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16 OCTOBER 2018
Guidelines accompanying the regulation 1275/2008
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16 OCTOBER 2018
Commission Communication: Harmonised standards 2012/C 394/05
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16 OCTOBER 2018
Regulation for standby off mode electric power consumption of electrical and electronic household and office equipment (EU) 1275/2008
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16 OCTOBER 2018
Rregulation for standby off mode electric power consumption of electrical and electronic household and office equipment amended by (EU) 801/2013
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23 OCTOBER 2018
Frequently asked questions on the ecodesign measures for manufacturers and importers (January 2023)
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(1.47 MB - PDF)
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