Energy Star Labeling Information Collections Under Review
The Environmental Protection Agency is accepting through March 18 comments on the proposed revision of an information collection concerning Energy Star product labeling.
Energy Star program participants submit signed partnership agreements indicating that they will adhere to logo-use guidelines and program requirements. Retail partners commit to selling, marketing and promoting certified products. Product brand owner partners, who are usually the manufacturer of the products, commit to having participating products certified to meet specified energy performance criteria based on a standard test method and the EPA’s third-party certification requirements. These requirements for product certification also include provisions for verifying the performance of certified products through verification testing.
Product information is recorded by certification bodies and shared with the EPA using XML-based web services that validate and save the information in the EPA’s database. As a result, certified model data is automatically updated daily on the Energy Star website.
Certification bodies must report to the EPA products that were reviewed but not eligible for certification. They must also conduct post-market verification testing of a sampling of Energy Star-certified products, share with the EPA information on products subjected to this post-market testing twice a year, and immediately report any certified products that no longer meet program requirements.
Manufacturers are asked to submit annual shipment data for their Energy Star-qualifying products. The EPA is flexible as to the methods by which this is done; e.g., many manufacturers are given the option of arranging for shipment data to be sent via a third party to ensure confidentiality.