ACS renews calls to include ICT in energy star system

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ACS renews calls to include ICT in energy star system

The Australian Computer Society (ACS) has renewed its call for the Federal government to introduce an energy star rating system for commercial ICT products.

According to ACS chairman, Kumar Parakala, the precedent for bringing ICT products under such a scheme has already been demonstrated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Both government and industry need to collaborate to develop a suitable labelling system, he said.

“With televisions and white goods now operating under the Energy Star labelling system, and [the] government due to announce a policy on improved energy efficiency and regulation of ICT goods this month, we believe it’s time for [the] government to fast track its plans and take the next step to include commercial and ICT products in this scheme as well,” said Parakala.

“The adoption of an energy star labelling system would allow the Federal government to regulate the increasing levels of carbon dioxide emissions emitted from both lifestyle and business ICT equipment.

“Pressure would also be placed on key manufacturers to develop new technology capable of performing under the energy star labeling regulations,” he added.
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