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What the EU had to say RE: MERCURY in Low-Energy 'Green' Fluorescent Lamps.

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L 76/4 EN Official Journal of the European Union 24.3.2009

From: COMMISSION REGULATION (EC) No 244/2009
of 18 March 2009,
implementing Directive 2005/32/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to
ecodesign requirements for non-directional household lamps
(Text with EEA relevance)

(8∑) The annual electricity consumption related to products
subject to this Regulation in the Community has been
estimated to be 112 TWh in 2007, corresponding to
45 Mt CO2 emissions. Without taking specific
measures, the consumption is predicted to increase to
135 TWh in 2020. The preparatory studies showed
that electricity consumption of products subject to this
Regulation can be significantly reduced.

(9∑) Mercury emitted in the different life cycle phases of the
lamps, including from use-phase electricity generation
and from the 80 % of compact fluorescent lamps
containing mercury which are presumed not to be
recycled at the end of life, has been estimated to be
2,9 tonnes in 2007 from the installed stock of lamps.
Without taking specific measures, the mercury emissions
of the installed lamp stock is predicted to increase to 3,1
tonnes in 2020 while it has been demonstrated that it
can be significantly reduced.

Although the mercury content of compact fluorescent
lamps is considered to be a significant environmental
aspect, it is appropriate to regulate it under Directive
2002/95/EC of the European Parliament and of the
Council of 27 January 2003 on the restriction of the
use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic
equipment
(1).


The setting of energy efficiency requirements for lamps
subject to this Regulation will lead to a decrease of the
overall mercury emissions.


(10∑) Article 10(1)(d) of the Directive 2002/96/EC of the
European Parliament and of the Council of 27 January
2003 on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (2)
should be fully implemented to ensure minimising the
potential risks for the environment and for human health
in case of accidental breakage of compact fluorescent
lamps or at their end of life.

(11∑) Improvements of electricity consumption of products
subject to this Regulation should be achieved by
applying existing non-proprietary cost effective technologies,
which lead to a reduction of the combined expenses for purchasing and operating the equipment.

(12∑) Ecodesign requirements for products subject to this
Regulation should be set with a view to improving the
environmental performance of the products affected,
contributing to the functioning of the internal market
and to the Community objective of reducing energy
consumption by 20 % in 2020 compared with the
assumed energy consumption in that year if no
measures are implemented.

(13∑) This Regulation should increase the market penetration
of energy efficient products subject to this Regulation,
leading to estimated energy savings of 39 TWh in
2020, compared with the assumed energy consumption
in that year if no Ecodesign measure is implemented.

(14∑) The ecodesign requirements should not affect functionality
from the userís perspective and should not negatively
affect health, safety or the environment. In
particular, the benefits of reducing the electricity
consumption during the use phase should overcompensate
potential, if any, additional environmental
impacts during the production phase of products
subject to this Regulation.

(15∑) A staged entry into force of the ecodesign requirements
should provide a sufficient timeframe for manufacturers
to re-design products subject to this Regulation as appropriate.
The timing of the stages should be set in such a
way that negative impacts related to functionalities of
equipment on the market are avoided, and cost impacts
for end-users and manufacturers, in particular small and
medium enterprises, are taken into account, while
ensuring timely achievement of the objectives of this
Regulation.

24.3.2009 EN Official Journal of the European Union L 76/3
(1) OJ L 191, 22.7.2005, p. 29
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