From 1st September 2014, companies in the EU are banned from
making or importing vacuum cleaners above 1600 watts. The ban is
part of the European Commission's plans to meet targets on energy
efficiency. In June 2014, Kantar's TNS opinion published a
Eurobarometer survey looking at attitudes towards waste management
and resource efficiency
The data shows that less than three out of 10 people think that
setting more efficient, environmentally-friendly product standards
(29%) would make the biggest difference to how efficiently we use
Respondents were able to choose a maximum of three options from
a list of six possible actions. A majority of people consider that
reducing waste and sorting recyclable waste at home (51%) and in
industry and construction (50%) would make the biggest difference.
A relatively high number of people (44%) also think that stricter
protection of natural resources would make the biggest difference
in how efficiently we use resources.
The percentage of people who think setting more efficient,
environmentally-friendly product standards would make the biggest
difference to how efficiently we use resources varies across the
EU. Austria and Slovakia (both 39%) are the countries where most
people share this view, while this proportion is lowest in
Lithuania (14%) and Italy (19%); the figure for the UK is 29% (the
same of the EU average).
Source : Kantar, Kantar TNS