The ENERGY STAR specification for computers was revised on October 20, 2006 to Version 4.0. This specification revision includes new performance requirements to qualify for the ENERGY STAR rating for desktop and notebook computers, workstations, integrated computers, desktop-derived servers, and game consoles. Tier 1 of this specification went into effect on July 20, 2007.
Documents, data, and correspondence related to the Version 4.0 revision is archived below. For more information on the revised specifications, please contact Katharine Kaplan, EPA, at Kaplan.Katharine@epamail.epa.gov. Consumers may visit the ENERGY STAR products pages for information on qualified computers and other office equipment.
EPA hosted a stakeholder working session in Washington, DC to collect feedback on the Draft 2 specification and facilitate discussions to make further progress towards a final specification.
EPA hosted a stakeholder meeting in Washington, DC to collect feedback on the draft 1 specification and facilitate discussions to make progress towards a final specification. EPA, NRDC and industry members gave presentations on the proposed requirements as well as potential solutions.
Workshop to collect feedback on the final draft of the test procedure under consideration for use with the ENERGY STAR computer specification. EPA presented on power supply policy activities around the globe. For more information on this workshop and test procedure, please visit EfficientPowerSupplies.org .
To assist with ongoing stakeholder discussions regarding the variety of product categories potentially covered by the computer specification, EPA has developed individual product category framework documents.
The following Draft Idle Mode Test Method was developed by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). EPA is considering using this test procedure to measure idle power consumption for the revised computer specification and is looking for stakeholder feedback.
Computer manufacturers and other interested parties have been encouraged to submit written comments on the preliminary draft specification. To date, EPA has been given permission to post the following comments. Please note that these do not comprise all of the comments received by EPA; only those EPA has received permission to post.
EPA presented its preliminary strategy for revising the existing ENERGY STAR Computer specification during the 2004 Intel Technology Symposium. Click on the links below to view EPA’s presentation and a summary of the slide discussions: