TUV Rheinland Named EPA Test Partner

Not long back, we reported that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was scrapping voluntary reporting by manufacturers and moving to third-party testing for Energy Star qualified electronics. Energy Star’s latest partner in this endeavor will be TUV Rheinland of North America which, as of January 1, 2010, will be an official certification body in the EPA’s Enhanced Testing and Verification program.

TÜV Rheinland is a global energy efficiency testing and certification organization that has partnered with international efficiency certifications such as those of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), Energy Related Products (ErP) Directive, Europe EcoLabel, and Germany’s Blue Angel Quality Seal.

Energy Star logo

image via Environmental Protection Agency

Beginning in the New Year, the organization will be available to help manufacturers secure Energy Star qualification by (A) testing electronics in its EPA-recognized laboratories, (B) witnessing/supervising testing at manufacturers’ laboratories, or (C) by verifying test data from other EPA-recognized third-party laboratories. Product categories covered include audio/video, battery charging systems, computer servers, computers, displays, imaging equipment, set-top boxes & cable boxes and telephony.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.