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Energy Star


ENERGY STAR® is a voluntary label for around 65 product categories issued by the government of the United States of America. Its greatest asset is its brand-like recognition. More than 80% of the U.S. public are acquainted with the label and 75% of those having bought an ENERGY STAR product deliberately claimed that it was a significant factor for their purchase decision. This prominence, in turn, makes manufacturers willing to join the label. Moreover, the policy comes at low costs to government (around US$ 55 million per programme year) regarding the predicted energy cost savings to consumers (of around US$ one billion per year per programme year between 2007 and 2015). Many other countries adopted the ENERGY STAR label for office equipment.

Authors

  • Tholen, Lena (Lead author)
  • Thomas, Stefan (Reviewer)

References and further reading

Info

  • Location:
    United States

  • Type of policy:
    Voluntary endorsement labelling scheme

  • Implementation period:
    1992 to present

  • Year of latest revision:
    2006

  • Title in original language:
    U.S. EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Programme ENERGY STAR

  • Part of the package:
    United States

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