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SEAD Recognizes World's Most Energy-Efficient Computer Monitors

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Washington, DC, Sept. 10, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) Initiative, an international collaboration of 16 member economies and an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial, today announced the winners of its Global Efficiency Medal competition for the world's most energy-efficient computer monitors.

The competition tested commercially available monitors in three size categories, as well as one prototype monitor in the emerging technology category. With energy savings of 12 to 43% over monitors with comparable technology, Samsung and LG monitors took top honors in the commercially available categories. Samsung also won in the emerging technology category with a monitor 53% more efficient than comparable monitors on the market today.

The Global Efficiency Medal competition is the first effort to identify the most energy-efficient computer monitors on the market around the world. By recognizing the top performers, the competition will help consumers make informed purchasing decisions and spur manufacturers to produce and sell more energy-efficient products. "When consumers and businesses use these products they can help reduce energy use on a global scale, while saving money," said Graham Pugh of the United States Department of Energy, whose office is responsible for U.S. leadership in the SEAD initiative.

Computer monitors can account for up to 35% of a desktop computer's energy consumption. If all monitors sold were as efficient as the winners of the SEAD Global Efficiency Medal competition, 15 to 20 billion kilowatt-hours of energy could be saved by 2020.

The following global winners were recognized as the most energy-efficient computer monitors:

SEAD Global Winners

  • The LG 16EN33SA received the SEAD Global Efficiency Medal in the small-size category (15 inches to less than 20 inches, 1.04 megapixel minimum resolution).
  • The Samsung S22C200b received the SEAD Global Efficiency Medal in the medium-size category (20 inches to less than 23 inches, 1.44 megapixel minimum resolution).
  • The Samsung S27C450B received the SEAD Global Efficiency Medal in the large-size category (23 inches and larger, 2.07 megapixel minimum resolution).

Global Emerging Technology Winner

  • A Samsung 23.6-inch LED backlit prototype computer monitor won the SEAD Global Efficiency Medal in the emerging technology category. This monitor is 53% more efficient than comparable displays available on the market today. It will be commercially available worldwide within the next two years.

SEAD will recognize the winners at an awards ceremony in May 2014 at the fifth Clean Energy Ministerial in Seoul, Korea.

SEAD also recognized regional winners for Europe, Australia, and North America. The regional winners for India will be announced in October. Information on regional winners is available on the SEAD website, http://www.superefficient.org/displayawards.

The SEAD Global Efficiency Medal competition encourages the production and sale of super-efficient equipment, appliances, and electronics by recognizing the most energy-efficient, top-performing products. This is the second competition; the first recognized the world's most energy-efficient flat-screen televisions. A third competition for electric motors is currently underway, with nominations accepted through 29 November 2013.

For more information about the awards, visit http://www.superefficient.org/Activities/Awards.aspx.

SEAD is an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial, a high-level global forum to share best practices and promote policies and programs that encourage and facilitate the transition to a global clean energy economy. www.cleanenergyministerial.org

SEAD is also a task within the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation. The Collaborative Labeling and Appliance Standards Program (CLASP) serves as the administrator for the Global Efficiency Medals competition. For more information, visit www.superefficient.org.

CONTACT: Clean Energy Ministerial Secretariat CEMSecretariat@hq.doe.gov +1 202-586-4131 CLASP Debbie Karpay dkarpay@clasponline.org +1 202-662-7294

Source: Clean Energy Ministerial Secretariat