Engineering consultancy firm ERA Technology has released an Energy Efficiency report which indicated that printer manufacturers have reduced the energy consumption of their printers by 20% between 2011 and 2013.
This is due to energy efficiency measures agreed to by the manufacturers as part of the Voluntary Agreement on Ecodesign, which was introduced in 2011.
Manufacturers undertook to reduce the energy consumption of their printers, minimise paper and printer cartridge use and encourage the recycling of ink cartridges.
This initiative was developed by EuroVAprint and was signed by 16 makers of toner and ink printers for home use, including Brother, HP, Canon, Epson, Samsung and OKI.
The report found that as a result of the agreement, the imaging equipment industry reduced the energy consumption of their products by 10.5% while their printer cartridges and related products used 20.8% less energy.
The number of products complying with the requirements has also increased, from 93.2% in 2011 to 97.63% in 2013. The strict set of requirements related to the agreement include energy consumption, recyclability of the printer and printer cartridges and the use of compatible printer ink and toner cartridges. These regulations are fully supported by the European Commission.
According to Maxime Furkel, President of EuroVAprint and Head of Government Affairs at Lexmark, this is a “vivid example of how self-regulation can work in Europe. The Ecodesign measures provide the right conditions for industries to take universal and immediate action to reduce energy consumption.”
Manufacturers have also agreed to undertake measures to encourage the use of automatic duplex printing and to ensure that certain environmental information is available to customers.