Thursday, 9 April 2009

New Energy Star requirements for computer monitors

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced new requirements for computer monitors to get the Energy Star label. The new specification is more stringent and is the fifth revision since products in this category have been eligible. The specification for displays less than 30 inches diagonal will be effective from October 30th and the specification for displays 30-60 inches diagonal will be effective on January 1st, 2010.

Under the new requirements Energy Star products will be, on average, 20% more energy efficient than conventional options, which means that if all displays sold in the US meet the new specification it would prevent greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from nearly 1.5 million vehicles and the cost saved would grow to about $1bn a year.

The fact that it's the fifth revision is a reminder that going green is a never-ending process. With government targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions settling on around 80% reduction by 2050, the pressure on manufacturers (and users) to reduce emissions will be relentless. We are only at the beginning.

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