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alanrick Jun 02, 2019 08:38 AM
Anyone else appalled by the amount of energy wasted by PCs not going into sleep/hibernate mode?

Assuming an average of one PC per household and one in five doesn't go into standby, that's about 15 power stations in Europe dedicated to powering PCs that aren't used. 15 power stations burning fossil fuel and heating the environment for no useful reason whatsoever :( 😠😠😠

I wish the EEA could divert some money from brochures to develop a simple software utility to put PCs in hibernate after x minutes without activity. Yes, there are Windows settings to accomplish this but they have become so complicated that in practice they are too complex for the average users.

Failing that, writing legislation to force Apple/Microsoft/Ubunto to deliver a simple OS setting to force hibernate after x minutes for home users where the complex capabilities needed by business network are not needed.

Am I the only one furious about this wastage?
(3 pcs in household, Lenovo, Dell, Acer - none of which goes into hibernate/sleep properly, so I've resorted to an unsupported freeware AMP Winoff, which is better than Windows settings, but still too complex for most households)

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EEA Jun 04, 2019 08:31 AM
Dear M. 'Alanrick',

Thank you for contacting the European Environment Agency (EEA) and for your concern as regards people's day-to-day energy consumption.

The European Union is committed to achieve its long-term vision for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate-neutral economy by 2050 and for the provision of clean energy to all. Strategies to increase the use of renewables and the development of more energy-efficient technologies have notably been designed and implemented, and the European Commission put in place some eco-design requirements that apply to computers and servers sold in the EU. These include requirements for the efficiency of internal power supply and power management. It is also interesting to note that the energy efficient labelling was updated this year. You can find further information including the link to the regulation on this topic at[…]/computers-and-servers_en.

We acknowledge your wish for the EU to fund the development of a specific software to monitor energy efficiency of appliances. Nevertheless, it is not in the EEA mandate nor expertise to develop such tool. Our main objectives are to provide information on the European environment, and to ensure decision-makers and the public are kept informed about the state and outlook of the environment. The EEA collects environmental data from the Member Countries, other EU institutions and international organisations. Based on this information, we produce reports on various environmental topics.

Nevertheless, the European Union proposes many EU funding programmes, which would be the best place for the development and funding of such tool. Several EU-funded projects (notably those funded via the Intelligent Energy Europe programme) looked into this aspect, raising awareness of the population on the need to become more energy-efficient. You can find a selection of these projects at

-[…]energy-efficient-appliances -

We hope that this information will be useful for you.

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