Energy Star

Energy Star is an energy efficiency labelling scheme established by the United States Environment Protection Agency (EPA) in 1992. It is a voluntary energy labelling programme open to manufacturers, vendors and retailers.

The EU participates in the Energy Star scheme as regards office equipment. Since 2001, the United States and the EU have had an agreement on an Energy Star programme promoting the energy efficiency of office equipment. The current five-year agreement was signed in early 2013.

The agreement concluded with the United States has been implemented in the EU by the Regulation (EC) No 106/2008 on a labelling programme for office equipment. The Energy Star programme is voluntary, but Article 6 of the Regulation requires central government authorities to purchase office equipment with energy efficiency levels that are at least equivalent to the energy efficiency requirements of the Energy Star programme.

The programme covers the following office equipment:

  • computers
  • displays
  • imaging equipment (copiers, fax machines, printers, scanners, mailing machines and multifunction devices).

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