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25.01.2012 Updated form for Computer Equipment (v7a) is now available, to accommodate for computers without Ethernet connection. More detailed explanation is included for several data fields.
01.12.2011 Updated forms for Imaging Equipment and Displays are now available. The date range in several fields is extended.
04.11.2011 Updated form for Computer Equipment is now available. The date range in several fields is extended.
EC - 28.06.2011 The European Commission has issued a communication on the implementation of the ENERGY STAR programme in the European Union in the period 2006 - 2010.
Download communication [PDF]
EC - 30.10.2009 New specifications for Displays v5.0 is now in force
The displays in the EU database are those that are qualified under the new specifications. Monitors using the obsolete specifications can be found in the database archives page.
08.10.2009 New registration form for Displays v5.0 is now available for download
The Energy Star display qualification will be in effect from 30 October 2009. Partners may already submit displays under Energy Star Displays specification v5.0 using this form.
Download Displays form
EC - 07.07.2009

Framework for Enterprise Storage released by EPA
Comments by the EC on the framework also available.
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EC - 24.06.2009 Computer Equipment specifications v5.0 adopted by the European Community
See all translations on Legislation page.
EC - 16.06.2009 New Energy Star specifications for IE and Computers adopted. Read the press release of the Commission.
EC - 03.06.2009

The revised technical specifications for computers and imaging equipment become effective on 1 July 2009, and corresponding new registration forms are now available:

Product registrations under the new technical specifications will be shown in the database from 1 July. You are invited to submit new data from now.

EC - 30.04.2009

Servers version 1.0 Final Draft released
All stakeholders are encouraged to review the draft specification and provide any final comments by May 8, 2009. Comments on the Final Draft specification should be sent to Rebecca Duff of ICF International.

Download Servers 1.0 Final Draft documents

EC - 28.04.2009 Imaging Equipment specifications v1.1 adopted by the European Community.
See all translations on Legislation page.
EC - 31.03.2009

Displays version 5.0 Final released
Version 5.0 ENERGY STAR Specification for Displays has been finalised, pending adoption by the European Union. The new version 5.0 specification will go into effect on:

  • October 30, 2009 for displays under 30 inches viewable diagonal screen size, and on
  • January 30, 2010, for displays between 30 and 60 inches, inclusive.

Download Displays version 5.0 specification, Annex 1, and Annex 2.

EC - 18.11.2008 Computer Equipment version 5.0 Final released
Version 5.0 ENERGY STAR Specification for Computers has been finalised and will take effect on July 1, 2009, pending adoption by the European Union.
Stakeholder feedback throughout the development process has been appreciated and has been closely considered in development of the Final V5.0 requirements. Stakeholder feedback, all drafts, and related materials are available on the download page for Development of Specifications.
EC - 24.10.2008

Displays version 5.0 Draft 2 released
Stakeholders are requested to provide comments on the Draft 2 specification no later than Wednesday, November 12, 2008. Please send comments to both Christopher Kent (US EPA) and Elliott Rector (ICF International).
Download Displays v5.0 Draft 2 documents

Computer Equipment version 5.0 Draft Final released
Stakeholders are encouraged to review the Draft Final and provide written comments to Katharine Kaplan (US EPA) and Evan Haines (ICF International) by October 30, 2008 to be considered in the Final Specification on October 31, 2008.
Download Computers v5.0 Final Draft documents

EC - 08.10.2008 Computer Equipment version 5.0 Draft 3 released
Stakeholders are encouraged to review Draft 3 and provide written comments to Katharine Kaplan and Evan Haines by October 16, 2008.
Download Computers v5.0 Draft 3 documents
EC - 01.10.2008 Imaging Equipment Final version 1.1 released
After approval of the EC Energy Star Board the final version of the tier 2 imaging equipment technical specifications is available.
Download Imaging Equipment v1.1 Final
EC - 16.09.2008 Computer Equipment version 5.0 Draft 2 released
The Program Requirements for ENERGY STAR Computers are accompanied with the verification testing requirements to enhance ENERGY STAR's program integrity efforts. Stakeholders are encouraged to review Draft 2 and provide written comments to Katharine Kaplan and Evan Haines by September 26, 2008.
Download Computers v5.0 Draft 2 documents
01.09.2008 Imaging Equipment: new registration form v5
A new form (v5) is now available for download for registration of Imaging Equipment. The new form has some new mandatory fields and includes recently acceded EU-countries.
EC - 30.08.2008 Thin Client Directional Draft available
For the first time with Version 5.0 of the ENERGY STAR requirements for computers, thin clients will included as a product category, addressing requests from both manufacturers and buyers. Due to the new nature of this category, and because the data collection process for thin clients commenced before similar efforts for Workstations and the Desktop/Notebook categories, an early look is provided at the thin client requirements to allow interested stakeholders to comment prior to the release of Draft 2 on September 12.
Download Thin Client Directional Draft
EC - 29.08.2008 Imaging Equipment DRAFT Final version 1.1 released
This Draft Final specification reflects stakeholders’ comments received on the previous Draft 2 document (distributed on July 16, 2008), including those discussed at the August 19, 2008 Web-based stakeholder meeting.
Manufacturers are strongly encouraged to provide written feedback on the Draft Final specification by September 18, 2008.
Download relevant documents
EC - 15.08.2008 Computer Servers Draft 2 released
The deadline for manufacturers and other stakeholders to provide comments on the Draft 2 is September 19, 2008.
Download relevant documents
EC - 11.08.2008 ENERGY STAR Computer Program Updates: Provisional Idle for V5.0 Notebooks and Desktops and Availability of SPEC Workstation Benchmark for Data Collection
Two important updates from the ENERGY STAR Computer Program: commencement of provisional idle data collection in lieu of an available EEPA Tool and the availability of the SPEC Workstation Benchmark. Data collected for both products is due to EPA by September 4th, 2008.
Download relevant documents
EC - 24.07.2008 Displays specification Draft 1 Version 5.0 released
This category was previously referred to as ‘computer monitors’, but will be referred to as ‘displays’ due to its broader scope.
Stakeholders are requested to provide comments on this Draft 1 no later than August 27, 2008.
Download relevant documents
EC - 16.07.2008 Imaging Equipment version 1.1 Draft 2 released
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EC - 10.04.2008 Imaging Equipment version 1.1 Draft 1 released
The ENERGY STAR specification for imaging equipment are being revisited to set Tier 2 performance levels that ensure the ENERGY STAR mark continues to represent the top performers in terms of energy efficiency. Manufacturers and other stakeholders are invited to provide input.
Download relevant documents
EC - 14.02.2008 Computer Servers Draft 1 specification released
The deadline for manufacturers and other stakeholders to provide comments on the Draft 1 specification is March 14, 2008.
Click here for download.
EC - 13.02.2008 New European Energy Star Regulation published
This Regulation (EC No 106/2008) requires EU institutions and central Member State government authorities to use energy efficiency criteria no less demanding than those defined in the ENERGY STAR programme when purchasing office equipment. The usual thresholds for public supply contracts apply.

See also: Directive 2004/18/EC Link opens new windowon the coordination of procedures for the award of public works contracts, public supply contracts and public service contracts
EC - 17.12.2007 The Council adops the new Regulation for implementing the EU-US ENERGY STAR programme in the EU.
The Council and the European Parliament agree on making certain energy efficiency criteria mandatory for public procurement.

See also: European Commission press release Link opens new window

EC - 11.12.2007 Process for developing imaging equipment Tier 2 criteria has kicked off.
See also http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=revisions.img_equip_spec Link opens new window for related documents.
EC - 22.11.2007 Clarification regarding qualification of families of Computers
Important memorandum regarding qualification of Computer Families. With this memorandum, EPA details a concern raised to ENERGY STAR regarding qualification of families of Computers, confirms the intention of the product family portion of the Version 4.0 Computer Specification, and describes next steps for ENERGY STAR Computer Partners in verifying that families of products are being qualified with ENERGY STAR as intended.
Read memorandum [PDF]
EC - 30.10.2007 Memo and discussion guide for new computer monitor specification
EC - 20.07.2007 Process for developing specifications for servers launched.
EC - 20.07.2007 New specifications for Computer Equipment v4.0 now in force
The computer equipment in the EU database are those that are qualified under the new specifications. Products using the obsolete specifications can be found in the database archives page.
EC - 17.07.2007 New product application form for EU ENERGY STAR registrations of Computer Equipment is now available. It is intended only for manufacturers who are a partner of the EU ENERGY STAR programme. This form is compulsory for Computer Equipment registrations as of 20 July 2007. Click here for download.
EC - 10.07.2007 Commissioner Piebalgs welcomes more stringent energy efficiency standards in public procurement.
The European Parliament has adopted today a new version of the regulation on the ENERGY STAR programme. It requires the Member States to apply demanding energy efficiency criteria in the public procurement of office equipment. This marks the first time that the Council, the European Parliament and the Commission agree that certain energy efficiency criteria become binding in public procurement. Read official press release Link opens new window.
24.05.2007 Energy Calculators updated
Modifications include updated power consumptions and prices to reflect current models on the market. Currency rates for Danish, Norwegian and Swedish calculations have been adjusted.
EC - 01.04.2007 New specifications for Imaging Equipment v1.1 now in force
The imaging equipment in the EU database are those that are qualified under the new specifications. Products using the obsolete specifications can be found in the database archives page.
EC - 09.02.2007 New product application form for Imaging Equipment available. The new application form corresponds to the new Imaging Equipment technical specifications, in force as of 1 April 2007.
Click here to download the new registration form for imaging equipment.
EC - 20.12.2006 The EU and the USA have signed a new Agreement to continue the ENERGY STAR programme for office equipment for another five years.
The Agreement features innovative and demanding energy efficiency criteria for computers, copiers, printers and computer monitors, and is expected to yield 30 TWh electricity savings – the approximate equivalent of the electricity demand in Hungary - in the EU over the next three years. ENERGY STAR is part of the Commission’s strategy to better manage energy demand, contribute to the security of energy supply and mitigate climate change. Read official press release Link opens new window.
EC - 18.12.2006 New technical specifications for computers and imaging equipment adopted the Council of the European Union..
17.12.2006 The EU ENERGY STAR website has been expanded with the Norwegian language
The Norges Vassdrags- og Energidirektorat (www.nve.no Link opens new window) will use the Norwegian section for their upcoming www.energystar.no website and ENERGY STAR campaign. The translation into Norwegian has been initiated and funded by the Norges Vassdrags- og Energidirektorat.
EC - 23.10.2006 The final ENERGY STAR specification for computers (version 4.0) have been announced, pending formal adoption by the European Community. This specification will take effect on 20 July 2007. Click here to download.
EC - 23.09.2006 Draft final version of new Computer specifications v4.0 released. Click here to download.
EC - 13.09.2006 Update on development of tier 2 computer specification available
As indicated in previous draft specifications, EPA and the European Commission intend to include two tiers in the revised ENERGY STAR specification for computers (Version 4.0). While the Tier 1 requirements are close to being finalized, work on the Tier 2 requirements continues. In order to keep stakeholders aware of the steps underway to draft the Tier 2 specification, EPA is distributing the attached Update Document. This document includes information on the development of an energy and performance assessment approach that EPA hopes to apply to all products covered by the Tier 2 specification. Click here for download.
EC - 26.08.2006 EPA and EC release refined proposal for new computer allowance levels.
ENERGY STAR® Computer Specification Revision Progress Update Proposed Levels for Final Specification . Click here for download.
EC - 01.07.2006 New ENERGY STAR logo
The requirement to use new ENERGY STAR logo on new products is now in effect. Click here for downloads.
EC - 24.05.2006 ECESB meeting on 24 May 2006
The Commission staff presented the status of the renewal of the ENERGY STAR Agreement and discussed the specifications under development for Computers. The final draft of the new technical specifications for Imaging Equipment and the updates for the eu-energystar.org website were presented.
Click here for minutes and presentations .
EC - 09.06.2006 The European Commission and the US Environmental Protection Agency have successfully finalized the negotiations on a new EU-US Agreement on the ENERGY STAR for office equipment.
The new Agreement is expected to be concluded in autumn. It provides the framework for continuing EU-US cooperation on fostering the energy efficiency of computers, monitors, copiers, printers, scanners and fax machines and contains new demanding and innovative energy efficiency criteria. These cover the energy consumption both in the standby and in the use phase, and will be further developed and adapted to future technology and market evolution. New criteria for computers are currently under development and will be added soon. ENERGY STAR is part of the Community strategy to better manage energy demand, contribute to security of energy supply and mitigate climate change.
EC - 31.05.2006 As of 1 July 2006 the use of the new ENERGY STAR logo is required. Click here for download.
EC - 04.05.2006 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces that the ENERGY STAR specification for imaging equipment (Version 1.0) is final, pending formal adoption by the European Community (EC). These specifications will take effect on 1 April 2007. Click here to download.
EC - 26.04.2006 The Council of the European Union has granted the mandate to the Commission to negotiate the renewal of the ENERGY STAR Agreement for office equipment with the USA.
EC - 24.04.2006 On the agenda: the next meeting of the EC ENERGY STAR Board is scheduled to take place on 24 May 2006 in Brussels.
EC - 23.04.2006 On the agenda: the next computer stakeholder meeting will take place on 18 May 2006 in Washington, USA.
EC - 22.04.2006 Draft final version of new imaging equipment specifications released (pending endorsement of the EC ENERGY STAR Board and approval by the EU) Click here to download.
EC - 18.04.2006 Draft 2 on the ENERGY STAR Computer Specification (version 4.0) has been released. Click here to download.
EC - 28.03.2006 Procedure to negotiate new Agreement on EU-US ENERGY STAR
The European Commission has launched the procedure to negotiate a new Agreement on the EU-US ENERGY STAR programme for office equipment with the United States. The new agreement that the EU will start negotiating with the United States when the Council grants the mandate to the Commission will include more ambitious energy efficiency standards for office equipment. More on the European website Link opens new window.
EC - 24.03.2006 EC ENERGY STAR database updated
All products in the EC ENERGY STAR database have been processed in order to distinguish current models from the discontinued models. It is now possible to view only the models that are currently being manufactured and offered on the European market.
EC - 17.03.2006 Draft 3 Imaging Equipment ENERGY STAR program requirements (version 1) released. Click here to download.
EC - 16.03.2006 Energy Calculators updated
Modifications include new electricity tariffs for 2006, updated power consumptions and prices reflecting current models on the market, and adjusted currency rates for Danish and Swedish calculations.
EC - 24.02.2006 Results of the imaging equipment and computer stakeholder meetings on 14/15 February 2006 available. Click here download.
EC - 06.02.2006 Meeting of the Technical Working Group of the ECESB on 6 February 2006, Click here for the results.
EC - 01.2006 The next computer stakeholder meeting will take place on 15 February 2006 in Washington, USA.
EC - 12.2005 The next imaging equipment stakeholder meeting will take place on 14 February 2006 in Washington, USA.
EC - 12.2005 The second draft of the revised specifications on imaging equipment has been released (see Development of specifications).
EC - 02.12.2005 ECESB meeting on 2 December 2005
The possible continuation of the ENERGY STAR programme in the EU was discussed. The suggestion to have a new agreement on the ENERGY STAR programme with the USA for a second period of five years was supported by the members of the ECESB.
Click here for minutes, updated working plan and documents on specification revision.
EC - 22.12.2004 The Commission has formally adopted the new technical specifications for computer monitors, as agreed with the US EPA.
All languages (except Maltese) are available and published in the Official Journal of the EU.
Download the new specifications here.
FI - 17.12.2004 EC ENERGY STAR Dealer Programme - 3 Step IT Oy joined first!
The first company to join the EC ENERGY STAR Dealer Programme in Europe is 3 Step IT Oy from Finland. Based on co-operation and discussions with Motiva - ENERGY STAR Contact in Finland - 3 Step IT Oy shows the way for other companies to follow.

The business idea of 3 Step IT is to facilitate management of the entire lifecycle of IT equipment. "Our services consist of flexible rental, on-line Asset Management and environmentally sound remarketing services", says Mr Artti Aurasmaa, Chief Operating Officer. "Energy use plays an important role in IT lifecycle, and ENERGY STAR offers us tools for managing it", he continues.

More information: www.3stepit.com Link opens new window

EC - 03.12.2004

Results ECESB meeting 3 December 2004
See Draft minutes and revised work plan.

Revision of the efficiency criteria for imaging equipment and computers: Technical subgroups met in Ispra (European Commission JRC) on the 10th November. They reported to the ECESB on the 3rd December (see draft minutes) and will hold their next meeting on Monday 24 January at the European Commission Joint Research Centre - in Ispra (Italy). A morning session will be dedicated to the computer specification and in particular on the discussion on the definitions, approaches for on-mode efficiency valuation and benchmarking. The afternoon session will cover imaging equipment.

Revision of the efficiency criteria for Computer Monitors: The special committee of the Council has endorsed [see document 13631] the draft specifications (corresponding to version 4.0 - see working doc SEC_2004_1157_EN_monitor specs). Formal adoption by the Commission and Publication in the Official Journal will follow.
DK - 25.11.2004 Danish Electricity Saving Trust (DEST) used the data from the database on eu-energystar.org in connection to a voluntary agreement with IT manufacturers on the Danish market, see www.it.sparel.dk Link opens new window. As part of the agreement, manufacturers should dedicate the majority of their marketing and promotion efforts to the most energy efficient computers and monitors according to DEST's definition. In order to validate and analyse the power consumption levels for being "energy efficient" DEST used the data from the database on eu-energystar.org.
EC - 30.06.2004 Gateway has announced that it will no longer actively sell its products in Europe (Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, UK). Therefore Gateway will be marked as a "traded brand" in the EC ENERGY STAR database.
FI - 26.05.2004 Finnish Sähköviesti magazine has an article on how to "Adjust PC electricity use to the right level" (Tietokoneen sähkönkulutus kohdalleen). The article tells about the ENERGY STAR website and highlights the useful tools now public available on the website (general information, energy calculator, database etc.).
Sähköviesti (Electricity Message) magazine is widely spread publication sent by electric utilities to their customers.
Read article [PDF in Finnish]
FI - 01.05.2004 Finnish weblink: For easier access Finland has introduced the www.energystar.fi Link opens new window URL to link directly to the Finnish homepage of the EC ENERGY STAR website.
EC - 30.05.2004 Office Equipment Procurement Rules: EU welcomes French action on computer chips. France has taken steps toward complying with European Union law by warning local government buyers not to favour computers with Intel chips over rival AMD.
More Reuters
30.04.2004 Press release EICTA:
Major step forward to get the EU ENERGY STAR® program of the ground [PDF]
26.04.2004 ENERGY STAR label programme reviewed [PDF]
source: Environmental Daily Link opens new window
EC - 22.04.2004 ENERGY STAR® Conference: The Way Forward
Frankfurt (D), 22 April 2004
with welcoming reception on the evening of 21 April 2004.
Download presentations, photos and minutes here.
EC - 11.03.2004 EC ENERGY STAR on new Commission's DG TREN website Link opens new window
EC - 10.12.2003 Commission proposes new rules to ensure that all Member States save each year at least 1% more energy. This is the ambitious goal that the Commission has proposed today with its new Directive to boost energy efficiency in the Union and promote the market for energy services. Member State public sectors would make a particular contribution to reaching this overall target as they would need to save at least 1.5% energy a year, notably thanks to energy efficient public procurement.
Press release 10 December 2003 Link opens new window
EC - 05.11.2003 Launch of www.eu-energystar.org website to promote the EU's ENERGY STAR® Programme.
UK - 30.10.2003 UK pledges greener public purchasing
The UK government has taken new steps to green public sector purchases of goods and services, promising a "major shift" towards sustainable procurement practices. More...
EC - 29.04.2003 Publication of the first list of EU registered ENERGY STAR® manufacturers and products
EC - 08.04.2003 COUNCIL DECISION concerning the conclusion on behalf of the Community of the Agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the European Community on the coordination of energy-efficient labelling programmes for office equipment (2003/269/EC). [PDF]