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TIA Notes Impact of New Energy Efficiency Requirements to Toys

December 17, 2015

UNITED STATES - The Toy Industry Association, Inc. has noted that the amended U.S. Department of Energy efficiency regulations will affect toy manufacturers whose products contain external power supplies.

The efficiency regulations apply to external power supplies, such as battery chargers and AC transformers, for the minimum required efficiency in operating mode and the no-load maximum power consumption. These will depend on the rated output voltage of the unit, and if:

  • it is capable of a single or multiple simultaneous output voltage(s)
  • it converts AC line current to DC or AC output
  • or both

Approximately $42.4 billion in energy savings is estimated for products shipped between 2008 and 2032, and it is expected to prevent around 198.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

The regulation will apply to products manufactured on or after February 10, 2016.