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Developing and Improving Energy Efficiency Specifications for Computers

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The SEAD Computer Working Group recently completed a computer energy efficiency project that provides policymakers with insights on voluntary and mandatory initiatives. The reports assist policymakers as they develop computer energy efficiency measures.

The project was launched in two stages. First, it identified how major initiatives around the world address energy efficiency of computers. The second phase of the project turns toward the future by identifying which aspects of computer energy usage need to be addressed and how lessons from the development of past mandatory measures can be used to support the development of future mandatory measures. The second SEAD Computer Working Group project includes five Task Reports and two Decision Support Tools.

SEAD Task 1 Report

  • Investigates best ways to determine levels of computer energy efficiency,
  • Assesses energy efficiency levels of current products, and
  • Identifies where energy efficiency gains can be achieved.

SEAD Task 2 Report

  • Builds on the first report by investigating the most appropriate power modes for increased computer energy efficiency,
  • Discusses the active mode power demand in computers, to identify whether or not this power mode should be addressed in future initiatives, and
  • Determines how energy efficiency initiatives could include robust and measurable active mode power demands within energy efficiency specifications.

SEAD Task 3 Report

  • Establishes ways to support decision-making during computer initiative development,
  • Identifies potential issues and their impacts during the development of such initiatives, and
  • Discusses energy efficiency specification development and how to maximize energy savings from computers in real world use.

SEAD Task 4 Report

  • Builds on the SEAD Task 3 report, and
  • Introduces an Excel based decision support tool for collecting data from stakeholders to support energy efficiency specification development within mandatory initiatives.

SEAD Task 5 Report

  • Provides guidance on the energy consumption of personal computers,
  • Assists in determining the impact of market intervention measures (either voluntary, mandatory or possibly both) against a business as usual (BAU) scenario,
  • Outlines the steps required to analyze current market levels of computer energy efficiency as well as future potentials for energy and cost savings, and
  • Describes the accompanying Excel based toolkit which supports actual market intervention assessments.

SEAD Computers Project Webinar

  • Provides the slides presented at a webinar in June 21 of 2016. The topic was developing and improving energy efficiency for computers.