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ENERGY STAR ICT Products Roadmapping Workshop

Recognizing the unique nature of Information, Communication, and Technology (ICT) products — their complexity, their rapid evolution, their global nature, and their interplay with many other product types — EPA and the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) hosted an informal brainstorming dialog on July 10, 2012 regarding the near term future of ENERGY STAR for ICT products and ICT–enabled solutions. Discussions focused on the following three interest areas:

  • ENERGY STAR Product Specifications. Informing the ENERGY STAR specification process for ICT–related ENERGY STAR product specifications, addressing, but not limited to, product performance characteristics and any consumer benefit requirements, with a focus on the next 3–5 years.
  • ICT–Enabled Intelligent Efficiency Solutions and ENERGY STAR. Helping shape the vision for ENERGY STAR’s engagement with ICT–enabled intelligent efficiency solutions and the US economy’s increased reliance on ICT–enabled systems architectures, again with a focus on the next 3–5 years.
  • Data Center Energy Efficiency Best Practices. Discussing approaches and opportunities to encourage the adoption of data center energy efficiency best practices.

Objectives

As stated at the July 10th Workshop, the objectives of this exercise have included:

  • Build on 20 years of partnership, including the pioneering spirit that originally launched the ENERGY STAR products program, to foster the future success of the ENERGY STAR program for ICT;
  • Look ahead creatively, with the goal of realizing both continued international harmonization in relevant energy efficiency programs;
  • Further engagement between the EPA’s ENERGY STAR program and ICT manufacturers on an ongoing basis;
  • Post “Informing Documents” that highlight discussions and recommendations provided by a range of stakeholders across the three tracks.

Results and Next Steps

Workshop discussions continued via a limited set of conference calls through the fall and winter. By February, 2013, the participants had developed three Informing Documents – summary documents that capture discussions and recommendations for each of the three interest areas.

EPA and ITI thank the many stakeholders for their participation, and their invaluable contributions to date, and are encouraged that many have expressed interest in continuing with the recommended 2013 activities that are described in the Informing Documents.

Informing Documents

Workshop Documents

Please contact Katharine Kaplan, EPA ENERGY STAR program at kaplan.katharine@epa.gov or Chris Hankin, ITI at chankin@itic.org with questions about this roadmapping work.