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Televisions are responsible for approximately six to eight percent of global residential electricity consumption. An analysis conducted for SEAD by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) suggests that advances like more efficient LED backlighting and higher panel transmittance can yield major reductions in television electricity consumption in the coming years.

Preliminary analysis  indicates that approximately 10 TWh of final energy and 5 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 45 economies have developed minimum efficiency standards or labeling programs for televisions.


Standards & Labeling: The S&L working group has initiated an international collaboration of technical and policy experts in television energy efficiency. This collaboration is intended to promote alignment and improvements in the scope and stringency of international standards and labeling programs. The collaboration is led by the United States with participation from Australia, Canada, France, Korea, and the United Kingdom.

Awards: The awards working group announced the winning products for the SEAD Global Efficiency Medal Competition for flat panel televisions. Winning products across four international markets are intended to help consumers identify the most efficient televisions available in a particular size category. SEAD global award-winning products are 33-44% more efficient than TVs with similar technology.

Technical Analysis: Televisions are the subject of an in-depth report on energy efficiency trends and technology options completed by LBNL in support of the cross-cutting technical analysis working group.


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

3D Television Sets Research Report

SEAD's Standards & Labeling Television Product Collaboration, in collaboration with Navigant Inc. and CLASP, has published a study which evaluates the power consumption demands of 3D TVs and expands on previous work by determining the impact of different variables on 3D power consumption.


SEAD TV Technical Analysis Report

This report identifies feasible and cost-effective efficiency improvements for televisions. The analysis identifies potential efficiency improvements and incremental costs, and provides initial global and country-specific estimates of total energy savings potential.


News & Information Resources

Resource Summary: Televisions 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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