Pioneer have responded with a statement from the European electronics industry (EICTA), saying that the recent press reports claiming that Plasma TVs may soon be banned from the market for energy efficiency reasons are factually incorrect.
Press reports can be found on a number of websites, such as the DailyMail, saying that plasma HDTVs are “expected to be banned under legislation due to be agreed by the EU this spring.”
The statement issued by EICTA and Pioneer state that this is incorrect, saying “plasma cannot be banned from the market as long as the TV sets (using this technology) comply with energy efficiency requirements. Such as the Energy Star 3.0 rating system.
All manufacturers will be required to meet these new minimum efficiency standards in order to continue producing, importing and selling TV sets (Plasma, LCD and CRT) on the European market. This regulation is expected to be published during the second half of 2009. After a period of transition products are expected to be compliant by the second half of 2010.