EPA Reviewing Energy Star Vision

January 26, 2012

The Environmental Protection Agency is looking to update the guiding principles documents of the overall Energy Star program.  A letter went out to stakeholder yesterday seeking input.

"Over the past two years, significant and rapid changes to the Energy Star products program have been implemented," explains Ann Bailey, director of product labeling for the program. "Last January, a third-party certification requirement went into effect across all 60 product categories. Verification testing of Energy Star-qualified products has expanded dramatically. And since early 2010, more than 30 product specification revisions have been initiated."

With all the changes, she continues, EPA is seeking to re-affirm the government’s longstanding commitment to the core Energy Star program principles. "These include a focus on products that meet the highest energy conservation standards without sacrifice in performance or functionality. They are grounded in transparency and a collaborative relationship with industry and other stakeholders."

Stakeholders may review the vision and guiding principles update document and submit comments or questions to energystarproducts@energystar.gov by February 22.