Standards

Energy Star

Energy Star

Governing Organization

US Environmental Protection Agency

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Auditing / Certification Body

US Environmental Protection Agency

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Assessment Type

Third party assessed by verified bodies

Memberships

Government Affiliated

Sectors Covered

Various Sectors

Issues Covered

Carbon, Energy Efficiency, Environmental Management

Description

ENERGY STAR is an international standard for energy efficient consumer products originated in the United States of America. It was created in 1992 by theEnvironmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy during the Clinton Administration.  Since then, Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Taiwan and the European Union have adopted the program. Devices carrying the Energy Star service mark, such as computer products and peripherals, kitchen appliances, buildings and other products, generally use 20%–30% less energy than required by federal standards.  ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.  Results are already adding up. Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved enough energy in 2010 alone to avoid greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 33 million cars — all while saving nearly $18 billion on their utility bills. For the Home, energy efficient choices can save families about a third on their energy bill with similar savings of greenhouse gas emissions, without sacrificing features, style or comfort. For Business because a strategic approach to energy management can produce twice the savings — for the bottom line and the environment — as typical approaches, EPA’s ENERGY STAR partnership offers a proven energy management strategy that helps in measuring current energy performance, setting goals, tracking savings, and rewarding improvements. EPA provides an innovative energy performance rating system which businesses have already used for more than 200,000 buildings across the country. EPA also recognizes top performing buildings with the ENERGY STAR.

Sustainability Issues

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