During recent months, progress has been made in multiple areas of the European Commission’s (EC) Ecodesign Directive, including preparatory studies, current regulation revisions, and the 2015-2017 Working Plan development. Here’s a quick summary of some key activities.
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Is a computer efficiency standard ready to “boot up” for U.S. consumers?
Maybe so. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently initiated a rulemaking and data collection process to consider establishing energy conservation standards for consumer computer systems (computers and battery backup products). In order for a product to be considered for a federal efficiency standard, it must meet the following requirements:
October 31, 2014 - Last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published Draft 2 of a new version of its ENERGY STAR Television Program Specification. The proposed changes to Version 7 are a response to stakeholder’s concerns with last June’s original draft.
Draft 2 includes the following modifications to on-mode and standby power consumption requirements:
October 16, 2014 - Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) distributed a pre-publication of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) for Test Procedures for External Power Supplies (EPSs). The NOPR, a response to questions from manufacturers whose product must meet the new 2016 U.S. EPS efficiency standards, proposes clarifications and modifications to the DOE’s current EPS test procedure.
September 3, 2014 - Work continues on the European Union’s 2015-2017 Ecodesign Directive Working Plan. The Preparatory Study is well underway to identify the next possible group of Energy related Products (ErP) and determine if efficiency regulations and/or labeling programs for these products should be adopted.
The process, which began in early 2014, should be completed by January 2015. It consists of four tasks:
August 25, 2014 - Earlier this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a draft of its first ENERGY STAR program specification to improve large network equipment (LNE) efficiency. Products covered by this program include routers, switches, security appliances, and access point controllers which are rack mounted, intended for use in standard equipment racks, or contain > 11 wired physical network ports.
August 18, 2014 - The European Commission's (EC) Ecodesign Directive group is currently discussing a "self-regulatory initiative" (SRI) to reduce video game console energy consumption.
August 11, 2014 - In 2015, ENERGY STAR's Most Efficient labeling program will enter its fifth year. The purpose of the program is to identify and promote the most efficient products on the market. Once the efficiency criteria are met, manufacturers can use the modified ENERGY STAR logo to call attention to their products.
July 31, 2014 - The California Energy Commission (CEC) has begun conducting workshops to discuss proposed revisions to its Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24). Title 24 covers a wide range of energy using products found in residential and non-residential buildings, including HVAC systems, elevators/escalators/moving walkways, indoor and outdoor lighting, fans, pool systems, and water heaters.
July 18, 2014 - Efficiency organizations around the world have begun to take notice of the amount of energy consumed in the ever-expanding web of home and business networks. A recent report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) claims there are more than fourteen billion network-enabled devices in use globally. Projections point to fifty billion network-enabled devices deployed by 2020 and one-hundred billion network-enabled devices by 2030.