EU and United States Renew Energy Star Agreement
January 4, 2007
Most Americans are aware of the Energy Star program, which includes labeling on the most efficient appliances and office equipment available for sale in the United States, but most are probably not aware that the successful energy-efficiency program has been exported to the European Union (EU). Under an agreement that was renewed in late December, the Energy Star label is included on energy-efficient office equipment sold in European markets and exported to the United States, including computers, monitors, printers, copiers, fax machines, and scanners. The United States and the European Community first signed the Energy Star agreement in 2000; the latest five-year renewal of the agreement includes more challenging technical specifications for imaging equipment and computers, including a requirement for highly efficient power supplies. In the United States, the Energy Star program is a joint effort of DOE and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). See the EPA press release and the EU Energy Star Web site.