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New: Global and regional winners have been announced for the SEAD Global Efficiency Medals for desktop computer monitors. For more information, click here.

This global competition encourages the production and sale of super-efficient equipment, appliances, and electronics by identifying the most efficient product in each category in four regions, as well as an overall global winner. This winner-takes-all competition will advance efficiency improvements by:

  • Recognizing products with the best energy efficiency 
  • Guiding early adopter consumers who want to purchase the most energy efficient models
  • Demonstrating the levels of efficiency that are achievable with commercially available and emerging technologies

The SEAD awards complement existing national and multinational labeling programs, such as ENERGY STAR, that set performance thresholds for energy-efficient products.

Motor Awards

The SEAD Global Efficiency Medal competition for Electric Motors focuses on general purpose induction motors typically used in the residential and commercial sectors. According to a study by Brunner, Waide and Jekob (2011), electric motors accounted for 7108 TWh of electricity consumption in 2006, roughly 45% of total electricity consumption. In 2010, small motors accounted for 9.1% of total motor electricity consumption and medium-sized motors accounted for 67.6% of total motor electricity consumption. In total, small and medium-sized motors consumed 5308 TWh.

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Display Awards 

The SEAD Global Efficiency Medal competition recognizes Samsung and LG for producing the world's most energy efficient computer monitors.

Computer monitors can account for up to 35% of a desktop computer’s energy consumption. Global electricity savings would be more than 15 billion kilowatt hours annually by 2020 if all monitors sold were as efficient as the SEAD award-winning models. SEAD global award-winning products are up to 53% more efficient than monitors with similar technology.  

For more information about the Display awards competition, including the official competition rules, click here.

Television Awards

Flat panel TV

The SEAD Global Efficiency Medal competition recognizes Samsung and LG for producing the most energy efficient flat-panel TVs in the world.

In its first year, the competition is encouraging the production and sale of super-efficient televisions by identifying the most efficient flat-panel TVs in three different size categories and four geographical regions, with one product awarded for most efficient emerging technology globally.


SEAD Global Efficiency Medal Winners Efficiency Chart

Televisions account for 3%-4% of global residential electricity consumption. Globally, electricity savings would be more than 84 billion kilowatt hours yearly by 2020 if all TVs sold were as efficient as the SEAD award-winning TVs. SEAD global award-winning products are 33-44% more efficient than TVs with similar technology.

SEAD has also recently completed an assessment of the outcomes and accomplishments of this competition. Included in the report are details of the efficiency of winning products, manufacturers' efforts at improving efficiency, the energy savings potential and cost effectiveness of winning televisions, and test lab capacity building. Click here to view the report

For more information about the TV awards competition, including the official competition rules and frequently asked questions, click here.

Leadership 

The following SEAD member countries and governments are leading the effort to develop and implement the awards competitions.

Participating SEAD Countries

Government Agencies

 Australia

 Department of Industry

 Canada

 Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN)

 India

 Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE)

 Japan

Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry 

 Sweden

 Swedish Energy Agency (SEA)

 United Kingdom

 Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC)

 United States

Department of Energy (DOE) 

News and Press Releases

SEAD featured in New York's Time Square

SEAD Global Efficiency Medal competition featured in New York City's Time Square. 

2013 Consumer Electronics Show

Speaking on an energy efficiency panel at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show, Kavita Ravi from the U.S. Department of Energy announces the launch of the second SEAD Global Efficiency Medal competition.

Press Release: Global competition to identify world's most energy-efficient computer monitors

Press Release: The SEAD Initiative recognizes Samsung and LG for producing the most energy efficient flat-panel televisions in the world.

Download Brochure

Download the SEAD Global Effiency Medal brochure here

Future Awards

Future rounds of the awards will focus on other major energy-using appliances that are internationally traded and can be evaluated using established test methods. Categories under consideration include electric motors, computers, refrigerators, and lighting. Products in selected categories will compete on a rotating basis, with awards for a given product type being given once every few years.

To join a mailing list for future program updates, please click here.

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