ENERGY STAR Lighting Roadmapping Workshop
Recognizing the unique nature of lighting products – their complexity, their rapid evolution, their global applicability, along with their historical performance issues - the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) welcomed lighting stakeholders to a road mapping discussion on January 30, 2014. This workshop was intended to facilitate discussions and ongoing engagement regarding the near term future of the ENERGY STAR lighting program. Discussions focused on the following three interest areas:
- ENERGY STAR Product Specifications. Outline key considerations regarding the focus of relevant ENERGY STAR specification processes for the coming 3-5 years, to include thoughts on: market-driven product innovation, energy efficiency improvement opportunities, consumer choice and benefits, and the technology roadmap, including costs and other constraints.
- ENERGY STAR Verification Testing. Outline key considerations regarding the focus of verification testing for ENERGY STAR lighting products by product type, including costs, other constraints, and consumer protection.
- ENERGY STAR Market Trends and Research. Outline key market trends and areas that merit further research to inform the ENERGY STAR lighting program moving forward.
As stated at the January 30 workshop, the objectives of this exercise included:
- Build on 15 years of partnership to foster the future success of the ENERGY STAR program for lighting;
- Look ahead creatively to the next 5 years, with the goal of realizing ENERGY STAR requirements that deliver on consumer expectations for lighting quality and efficiency; and
- Establish pathways to furthering engagement between EPA’s ENERGY STAR program, lighting manufacturers, and energy efficiency program sponsors on an ongoing basis.
Workshop discussions will continue via a set of conference calls facilitated by EPA and NEMA through fall 2014. During this time NEMA and the participants will develop a set of recommending documents that capture discussions and recommendations for each interest area.
Following the January 30, 2014 workshop, the following topics emerged across the three tracks and were explored further:
- March 27th – Lamps Verification Testing: Discussed what tests are most important to consider during verification testing and examined the possibility of reducing testing burden on manufacturers while still meeting the needs of stakeholders
- May 29th – Market Trends and Research: Discussed the impact of education versus standard sales practices on product sales (i.e. end displays, incentives) and the use of surveys and investigative efforts to further understand consumer purchasing decisions
- June 26th – Emerging Products and Technology Trends: Examined wirelessly controllable lighting products, specifically replacement lamps, and their integration into an ENERGY STAR specification
- July 31st – Lamps Verification Testing: Continued discussion on what tests are most important to consider during verification testing and examined the possibility of reducing testing burden on manufacturers while still meeting the needs of stakeholders
- August 28th – Market Research: Discussed proposals for potential consumer research activities
- October 29th – ENERGY STAR Lighting Roadmapping Workshop Update: At the 2014 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting, NEMA and EPA presented their final findings of the past year’s Roadmapping workshops and opened the floor to stakeholders to discuss next steps in this ongoing industry dialogue. More information on the 2014 ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting can be found here.