ENERGY STAR Program gets more Changes to Boost Credibility
As a result of recent finding that ENERGY STAR products have not been performing to claimed energy efficiency standards, on April 14, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) announced changes to the ENERGY STAR product certification process. The purpose of the changes is to tighten up the certification process to ensure that products labeled with the ENERGY STAR brand are indeed of the energy efficiency and quality implied by the certification. Recent evidence indicates that the ENERGY STAR certification process had some rather large loopholes.
One of these loopholes was the EPA’s automated approval process. Initial product review was done by an automated system with the result that some far-fetched ‘products’ were making it past the first stage approval process. Now, all new qualification applications will be individually reviewed by the EPA. The more stringent requirements also include submission of complete lab reports for all products by EPA and DOE approved testing labs.
The EPA and DOE hope to reinforce the credibility of the ENERGY STAR program. EPA official, Cathy Zoi, said, “The steps we are taking to strengthen the program will ensure that ENERGY STAR continues to be the hallmark for energy efficiency in the years to come.”
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