Reported in various mainstream places, not least this one, we find that "the EU" has been busying itself with making sure we don't buy powerful vacuum cleaners. Apparently, this is the best way we can reduce Europe's carbon footprint.
I am slightly bemused by this whole thing. Which? reckon that one of their best vacuum cleaners costs £27/year to run (on average). That doesn't seem like a massive amount, so presumably there's not all that much carbon involved in vacuuming up Europe. This change in regulation isn't likely to cut the cost by anywhere near half even, so again, not likely to reduce our carbon by all that much either.
For example, I'd imagine that putting loft insulation into every house in Europe would do far more to cut carbon emissions than any of this piffle. We've had a rise in "Eurosceptic" political parties of late - whilst I disagree with most of what they stand for, on the other hand, maybe they've got a point...?