EPA recently released its annual report summarizing the success of ENERGY STAR and other voluntary climate protection programs. The report summarizes the accomplishments of these programs for 2005. For example, Americans, with the help of the ENERGY STAR, avoided greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 23 million automobiles — up from 20 million in 2004 — while saving $12 billion on their energy bills. Other highlights of the report include:
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EPA has finalized the new ENERGY STAR specification for desktop and laptop computers, game consoles, integrated computer systems, desktop-derived servers, and tablet PCs. This new specification will take effect in July and is projected to prevent greenhouse gas emissions equal to the annual emissions of 2.7 million cars.
While the previous ENERGY STAR specification for computers focused on low power modes and power management features, EPA has changed the specification to ensure that ENERGY STAR qualified computers are also using less energy during their normal, idle state.
ENERGY STAR qualified computers must also meet stringent requirements for their internal and external power supplies under the new specification. A computer’s internal power supply must have an 80 percent minimum efficiency at 20, 50, and 100 percent of rated output, and the external power supply must be ENERGY STAR qualified or meet the no-load and active mode efficiency levels outlined in the ENERGY STAR specification for external power supplies.
EPA is also investigating potential energy savings for servers and data centers and will be conducting further research in 2007 for developing a specification.
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The United States and the countries of the European Community recently renewed their agreement to use the ENERGY STAR label on energy-efficient office equipment.
Specifically, the agreement calls for the use of ENERGY STAR labeling on office equipment in European markets and that the United States imports, including computers, monitors, printers, copiers, fax machines, and scanners, with other products possibly added in the future.
Combined, these new specifications will save American households more than $4 billion over the next 5 years and avoid greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to the emissions of more than 6 million cars, with additional energy and environmental benefits possible in the European Union. The renewal of this agreement also lends even greater authority to other nations’ efforts to stimulate the market for energy efficient products.
The United States and the European Community first signed the agreement in 2000.
For more information on ENERGY STAR and the European Union, visit www.eu-energystar.org .
The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) and ENERGY STAR have teamed up to reduce energy use at 20,000 member dealership facilities by 10 percent or more. Automobile dealerships are energy intensive operations that require high-quality lighting, both indoors and outdoors, and first-rate climate control.
By cutting energy costs by 20 percent, America’s auto dealers could save $4 billion and prevent 5 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually.
In February, EPA announced the 2006 list of buildings that have earned the prestigious ENERGY STAR. The superior energy performance of these buildings places them in the top 25 percent of office buildings, hotels, hospitals, grocery stores, and schools nationwide.
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