Patio heaters may be taken off the market, and standby buttons banned, after the European Parliament voted to back a report that describes the damage they do to the environment.

Fiona Hall, a British MEP, says in her report that banning standby modes and patio heaters will amount to significant steps to cutting CO2 emissions.

Dr Eric Johnson, a climate change expert who was commissioned to do a study on patio heaters by Calor, said however that the overall impact on emissions from patio heaters was ‘very minimal’, and that in fact, plasma-screen TVs produced much greater emissions.

The debate on patio heaters and standby modes will now go to the European Commission – although Ms Hall has acknowledged the priority was to work on previously agreed energy commitments to minimise damage to the environment.

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