Non-standardization of electrical equipment

Other Names:
Lack of international standards for domestic electricity
Parochial electricity standards
Despite the single market, almost every country in the EC has differences in its domestic electricity supply or sockets sufficient to prevent all but the most basic appliances (such as hair driers) from confident use throughout the region. For example, Dutch washing machines cannot be used everywhere in Europe and telephone answering machines can play havoc if there is a tiny difference in frequency from the country of manufacture.
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Date of last update
07.02.1997 – 00:00 CET