This Code of Conduct has been prepared by the European Commission,
following the discussions and decisions of the ad-hoc working group composed by
independent experts, Member States representatives and representatives of
including no-load losses, in power supplies contribute substantially to the
electricity consumption of households in Europe. The Study on Miscellaneous
Standby Power Consumption of Household Equipment (Molinder, 1997) calculated an
increase for wall packs and chargers from about 8 TWh in 1996 to about 14 TWh
in 2006 (Business as Usual scenario). With actions resulting from this Code of
Conduct this increase can be counterbalanced, resulting in savings of a maximum
of 5 TWh per year from 2010, this is equivalent to a total saving of 500
Million EURO per year.
Further savings can
be expected form the application of efficient power supplies in electronics
appliances, such as TVs, VCRs, microwave ovens, etc.
efficiency of power supplies, also power quality should be taken into account.
Although applying electronics in power supplies can increase efficiency and
lower no load losses, it should not adversely effect the power quality.