One of the main goals of the ENERGY STAR program is to develop performance-based specifications that determine the most efficient products in a particular category. Products that meet these specifications earn the ENERGY STAR label.
To develop ENERGY STAR product specifications, EPA and DOE use a systematic process that relies on rigorous market, engineering, and pollution savings analyses as well as input from industry stakeholders. During the ENERGY STAR product specification development and revision process, EPA employs a set of key six Guiding Principles (151KB) to ensure that ENERGY STAR:
The EPA ENERGY STAR products program and the Information Technology Industry Council have partnered on a a set of discussions to inform a roadmap for the ENERGY STAR program on information and communication technology (ICT) products and systems as well as data centers. Co-hosted workshops:
EPA and DOE continually develop new ENERGY STAR specifications to expand the program to new products.
ENERGY STAR specifications are then periodically revised to ensure relevancy under current market conditions. EPA and DOE strive to make certain that specifications differentiate the most efficient products and move the market toward more energy-saving designs.