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Claire Davies

Former editor and head of content

Green 01.09.2014 / 14:48

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Kantar looks at the EU ban on vacuum cleaners above 1600 watts

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 resources.

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

Editor's Notes

The data in this story is from a survey carried out by Kantar's TNS opinion in the 28 Member States of the European Union between the 3rd and 7th of December 2013. Some 26,595  respondents from different social and demographic groups were interviewed via  telephone (landline and mobile phone) in their mother tongue on behalf of the European Commission, DG Environment.

Journalists, for more information please contact us or download the full Eurobarometer report.

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