ENERGY STAR Imaging Equipment Spec Moves Forward
March 26, 2012 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is in the final stages of drafting version 2.0 of its ENERGY STAR® Imaging Equipment Product Specification.
As was the case with version 1, the version 2 spec is being developed in consultation with the European Commission. About a year ago, I wrote a blog about the EC Ecodesign Directive's Imaging Equipment (Lot 4) being considered for a Voluntary Agreement, but to date, nothing final has been published. This begs the question: Will Europe delay their efficiency spec even longer to harmonize with ENERGY STAR's version 2? I'll be keeping an eye on what takes shape with the Ecodesign imaging group.
ENERGY STAR's proposed version 2 includes several key changes:
New Product Categories: Based on stakeholder input, impact multi-function devices (MFDs) and high performance inkjet printers have been added.
Harmonized Maximum Typical Energy Consumption (TEC): Current product offerings have shown that many MFDs don't require more power consumption to perform as well as separate printers, so MFDs and non-MFDs will be combined into one category.
Operational Mode (OM) Sleep Requirements: OM sleep mode allowances will be decreased to reflect technological advances. Also, allowances for functional adders* will be given for products associated with network and data connections that are active during the test.
Digital Front-End (DFE) Efficiency: For those printers with an integrated server that provide greater functionality, such as network connectivity, mailbox functionality job queue management, and advanced graphic user interface, ready-mode power requirements have been added. These requirements mirror the small server requirements from the ENERGY STAR computer spec.
Maximum Standby Power Requirements: Reduction of the maximum standby power requirement (from 1.0 W to 0.5 W) for OM products. (The EPA has found that the majority of currently qualified imaging equipment that has an off-mode already meets the proposed 0.5 W limit.)
The EPA anticipates finalizing the version 2 spec in June of this year, with an effective date of March 1, 2013.
For the latest information on the spec, visit the ENERGY STAR Imaging Equipment web page at:
*Functional adders include: data/network connections, cordless phones, internal storage drives, memory, scanners, PC systems, power supplies, product control display panels