LAS VEGAS -- The Clean Energy Ministerial's Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) Initiative today announced a competition to recognize the most energy-efficient flat-panel televisions around the world. SEAD Global Efficiency Medals will be awarded to the most energy-efficient televisions on the market as well as to new technologies that have the potential to greatly reduce energy use in the future.
The Global Efficiency Medal competition is part of the SEAD Initiative's ambitious efforts to reduce energy use on a global scale. Televisions account for 3 to 4 percent of global residential electricity consumption. In the first SEAD competition for flat-panel televisions, held in 2012, SEAD global award-winning products were 33-44% more efficient than televisions with similar technology.
By recognizing and promoting the world's most energy-efficient televisions, the SEAD competition will help consumers make informed purchasing decisions that can lower energy bills and spur greater innovation among manufacturers.
"Manufacturer innovation is rapidly changing television markets," said Chad Gallinat, Ph.D., Chair of the SEAD Initiative's Awards Working Group. "The competition will distinguish manufacturers that combine innovation for high quality and cutting-edge features with energy-efficient solutions that help consumers save energy and cut back on electric bills."
Manufacturers are invited to nominate their products through 31 March 2015. Prospective winners will be required to provide samples for verification of energy efficiency claims. Winners will be announced in September 2015 and will be honored at an international awards ceremony in early 2016.
SEAD Global Efficiency Medals will be awarded to flat-panel televisions that demonstrate the greatest energy efficiency in three size categories in each of four regions – Australia, Europe, India, and North America. An overall international winner will also be named for each size category, and one international winner will be named for the most energy-efficient television using new technology.
SEAD Global Efficiency Medal competitions encourage the production and sale of super-efficient equipment, appliances and electronics, focusing on products with significant global energy consumption and energy savings potential. This television competition is the fifth in this global awards program. In addition to televisions, previous awards recognized super-efficient computer monitors, electric induction motors, and lighting products.
"We are pleased to support this competition's recognition of the world's most energy-efficient televisions," said Jonas Allen, Director of Marketing, Green Electronics Council (GEC). "GEC's EPEAT green-rating system evaluates a device's entire lifecycle, of which energy is a crucial aspect. The SEAD Global Efficiency Medal provides TV purchasers worldwide with another barometer of energy excellence."