Mr. Green


A Blog about Energy Efficiency Standards,
Regulations, and Other Green Matters

Recognizing Highly Efficient Lighting Products

September 8, 2014 - The Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment Initiative (SEAD) recently announced its fourth annual competition for highly-efficient products, this time recognizing and rewarding the most efficient lighting products. According to SEAD, approximately 15% of electricity consumption is used for lighting.

Ecodesign 2015-2017 Working Plan Update

September 3, 2014 - Work continues on the European Union’s 2015-2017 Ecodesign Directive Working Plan. The Preparatory Study is well underway to identify the next possible group of Energy related Products (ErP) and determine if efficiency regulations and/or labeling programs for these products should be adopted.

The process, which began in early 2014, should be completed by January 2015. It consists of four tasks:

Reducing Power Consumption in Large Network Equipment

August 25, 2014 - Earlier this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a draft of its first ENERGY STAR program specification to improve large network equipment (LNE) efficiency. Products covered by this program include routers, switches, security appliances, and access point controllers which are rack mounted, intended for use in standard equipment racks, or contain > 11 wired physical network ports.

Europe Considers Voluntary Agreement for Improving Game Console Efficiency

August 18, 2014 - The European Commission's (EC) Ecodesign Directive group is currently discussing a "self-regulatory initiative" (SRI) to reduce video game console energy consumption.

ENERGY STAR's "Most Efficient" Label Program Looks Forward to 2015

August 11, 2014 - In 2015, ENERGY STAR's Most Efficient labeling program will enter its fifth year. The purpose of the program is to identify and promote the most efficient products on the market. Once the efficiency criteria are met, manufacturers can use the modified ENERGY STAR logo to call attention to their products.