The Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment Initiative’s first SEAD Global Efficiency Medal competition aims to encourage the production and sale of more energy efficient electronics and appliances.
SEAD is an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial, a high-level global forum launched by the Department of Energy and other leading governments in July 2010 to advance clean energy technology.
In the first Global Efficiency Medal contest, manufacturers and resellers will compete to see who has the most energy-efficient, commercially available flat-panel TV. The companies can also submit products not yet commercially available to be judged as emerging technologies.
Televisions are responsible for six to eight percent of global residential electricity consumption, SEAD said. Evidence suggests that technology advances, such as more efficient LED backlighting, can yield significant reductions in television electricity consumption, the organization added.
Sponsoring governments will verify manufacturers’ efficiency claims based on the televisions’ power consumption per screen area. Prizes will be awarded for three TV sizes (small, medium and large) and four regional categories (Australia, the European Union, India, and North America). One international winner will also be selected in each size category.
Winners will be announced this fall, with an international awards ceremony in early 2013.
Consumers will be able to easily identify and purchase the most efficient televisions available through the labels on the SEAD Global Efficiency Medal award-winning products, SEAD said.
The awards are being administered by the Collaborative Labeling and Appliance Standards Program. More information is available at superefficient.org.
Last year the Department of Energy and EPA announced the first products to earn the pilot Energy Star Most Efficient label, an initiative to encourage manufacturers to improve product energy efficiency, while providing consumers more information about their purchases.