Energy Star, the US government-backed programme that promotes energy efficiency in products, has decided to withdraw its standards for battery charging systems from December 31, 2014.
The agency is withdrawing because it believes the standards set in California outstrip its own or the Department of Energy’s and believe multiple sets of standards could cause confusion to companies and consumers.
Energy Star analysed data on California’s battery charging system standards for cost effectivness and efficicency. “In our mind the job is done here,” Katherine Kaplan, Energy Star product development manager told BBB. “The Californian standard is so far ahead, it is beyond our levels so Energy Star are exiting the market.”
California’s comprehensive standards have been adopted by several other states, however the DoE has deferred its decision on upgrading nationwide standards.
Any products carrying the Energy Star mark and name will continue to be recognised until the end of the year; however promotional material printed after July 31, 2014 should not feature the name or mark.
Manufacturers of battery charging products must stop using the Energy Star mark and name on any charger produced on or after December 30, 2014.