Friday, 11 April 2008

Green in Germany

Following up on my comments on Germany's Green heritage the other day, the country also has the oldest environmental labeling system in the world, under the name of Blue Angel. Introduced in 1977, it's administered by a government department and awarded to all-round environmentally-friendly products and services. HP, Dell and Fujitsu Siemens are among label holders. It is now starting to be superseded by the EU energy-efficiency labelling system, although the EU system doesn't cover computer equipment yet.

This focus on Green also means that the German government has an ambitious target for the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, aiming for a 40% cut (on 1990 levels) by 2020, ahead of the 26-32% target of the UK (currently being set into legislation) and the 20% target for the EU as a whole. However, the target is helped by the fact that modernising much of the industry in the former East Germany means that 15-20% of that reduction has already been achieved.

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