-"Unless you are operating that power source at near 100% efficiency you are not achieving any reduction in emissions at all"
-"the research to give the appearance the the research is justified in order to get more research funding"
Luckily, at least some politicians and some engineers don't share beers and food with the boffins at the Saskatchewan Research Council and have made some improvements over the last years about the stand-by power consumption problem:
- July 2006, the British Government announced it would outlaw televisions and video players that exceed the maximum standby-mode power consumption standard (1 watt).
- July 2007, California's 2005 appliance standards came into effect, limiting external power supply standby power to 0.5 watts.
- July 2008, the European Commission accepted a proposal to reduce standby power consumption to either 1 W (if there is a reactivation function) or 2 W (if there is an information or status display) by 2010, which will be halved to 0.5 and 1 watt, respectively, by 2012.