The website of the Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) Initiative

Information and communication technology (ICT) products are responsible for approximately two percent of global CO2 emissions. Personal computer products, including desktop and notebook computers, are responsible for a large share of ICT-related energy consumption.

Preliminary analysis  indicates that approximately 45 TWh of final energy and 40 million metric tons of CO2 emissions can be saved in 2030 by adopting the world’s best efficiency standards in participating Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) economies. To date, more than 40 economies around the world have developed minimum efficiency standards or labeling programs for computers.


Standards & Labeling: The S&L working group is supported by an international product collaboration of technical and policy experts in ICT energy efficiency. This collaboration is working to promote alignment and improvements in the scope and stringency of international standards and labeling programs. The collaboration is led by the United Kingdom with participation from Australia, Canada, India, Korea, Japan, and the United States. This collaboration has recently completed a report which explores opportunities to harmonize product definitions, test methodologies and product specifications for computer products - this report is available below. 

Awards: The awards working group announced the winning products for the SEAD Global Efficiency Medal Competition for computer monitors. Winning products across four international markets are intended to help consumers identify the most efficient monitors available in a particular size category. SEAD global award-winning products are up to 43% more efficient than monitors with similar technology.

Technical Analysis: Computer monitors are the subject of a SEAD study which explores efficiency improvement opportunities for personal computer monitors, and their implications for market transformation programs, completed by LBNL in support of the cross-cutting Technical Analysis Working Group

SEAD Computer Reports: These are reports produced by and on behalf of SEAD. 

Harmonisation Potential for Computer Test Methodologies, Product Definitions and Specifications

SEAD's Standards and Labeling Computers Product Collaboration, in collaboration with Jonathan Wood of Tenvic Ltd. and CLASP, has published a study which explores the harmonization potential for computer energy efficiency policies. 

This study identifies, analyses and evaluates the cost-effectiveness of various energy efficiency improvement options for personal computer monitors, and assesses the potential for further improvement options that can reduce energy consumption by as much as 50%. 

News & Information Resources

Resource Summary: Computers Resource Summary

This Product-specific Resource Summary is a working document meant to catalog publically-available information relevant to the development of standards and labels. This document will be updated frequently as new information becomes available.

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