NEWS: Tories to call for all electrical goods to have auto switch-off as part of green initiative

The Conservative Party will this week call for all electrical goods to be fitted with special devices to switch off standby power as part of its plans to tackle global warning.

According to yesterday's Observer, the 'Quality of Life' report will suggest that a future Tory Government should set a date by which time all electrical goods would have to be able to switch themselves off.

"All new electrical items will require a functionality that switches them off after a specified period, rather than remaining on standby," the report says.

It will single out flatscreen TVs as products that consume too much power.

But as we've previously reported, the issue of banning standby on electrical goods is not as straightforward as the politicians seem to think.

Dixons' call for standby to be abolished on electrical goods earlier this year caused controversy among manufacturers of consumer electronics.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.