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European Ecodesign Directive Activity Update

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 09:10 -- MrGreen

June 30, 2014 - Since its inception nine years ago, Europe’s efficiency program for energy-using and energy-related products, the Ecodesign Directive, has produced over twenty mandatory efficiency standards, known as Implementing Measures (IM), and Voluntary Agreements (VA). Eleven more specifications are in various stages of completion. Here’s a summary of recent activity including links to obtain more information.

Being Smart While Connected – Reducing Energy Waste in Networked Products

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 09:45 -- MrGreen

June 16, 2014 - The increasing growth rate of home and office networking becomes evident with each new product announcement, as new generations of traditional appliances and electronic devices are becoming smart and interconnected. According to a recent report by the International Energy Agency (IEA), electrical demand for networked-enabled products could almost double between now and 2025.

ENERGY STAR's New Television Spec Is Unveiled

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 09:20 -- MrGreen

June 6, 2014 - At the end of 2013, I wrote about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) plan for a new ENERGY STAR television spec (see: New ENERGY STAR TV Spec Takes Shape in 2014). A few days ago, Draft 1 of the new spec (Version 7) was released for stakeholder review and comment. A webinar will be held on June 17th to discuss details and answer questions.

European “Omnibus” Study Proposes Review Priorities for Ecodesign Standards

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 12:23 -- MrGreen

May 21, 2014 - A common thread found in the European Commission’s Ecodesign Directive efficiency standards is a requirement that the minimum efficiency performance levels be reviewed at some point in the future (typically 3 to 4 years after the initial effective date). The reason for this is to ensure that the standards keep pace with technological advancements and to identify whether there are sufficient potential savings to justify changing the regulations.

California Moves Forward on Next Round of Energy Efficiency Standards

Thu, 05/15/2014 - 14:00 -- MrGreen

May 15, 2014 - Earlier this year, the California Energy Commission (CEC) published a pre-rulemaking schedule, prioritizing the development of new efficiency standards for appliance products based on water and energy savings potential. The release schedule for first draft regulations is shown below.

New ENERGY STAR Set-top Box Program Spec Published

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 14:32 -- MrGreen

April 16, 2014 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published the latest version of its ENERGY STAR set-top box (STB) program specification (v 4.1) for service providers and manufacturers. The new spec is scheduled to take effect on December 19, 2014.

Developing the Next Ecodesign Directive Roadmap

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 09:21 -- MrGreen

April 9, 2014 - The European Commission has begun the process of establishing the next Working Plan for their Ecodesign Directive. Discussed in previous blogs, the directive sets efficiency standards, known as Implementing Measures (IM), for energy-using and energy-related products.

CEC Publishes Schedule for Drafting New Efficiency Regulations

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 10:40 -- MrGreen

March 25, 2014 - Two years ago, the California Energy Commission (CEC) began the process of considering amending and adding new products to its current Appliance Efficiency Regulations. During the past year, I’ve blogged about the CEC’s progress: