To meet efficiency targets, the European Union is considering implementing a ban on high-powered hairdryers, kettles and lawnmowers. According to a European Commission predatory study, “Ecodesign Working Plan 2015-2017 Implementing Directive 2009/125/EC,” 30 electrical items have been categorized as products that could be modified to improve energy efficiency.
German EU energy commissioner Gunther Oettinger stated “there needs to be mandatory consumption limits for small electrical appliances.” All EU countries have agreed that to reduce energy consumption is through increased energy efficiency of electronics. The European Commission is expected to make its final decision on implementing a ban on high-power electronic items by early 2016. The EU has also recently implemented a new energy label that forbids manufacturers from building and importing powerful vacuums with motors exceeding 1,600 watts.