IBM has a long history with the ENERGY STAR program. ENERGY STAR, managed by the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is a voluntary program which sets energy efficiency and labeling requirements for different product types to identify and promote energy-efficient products.
IBM actively participated in the development of the ENERGY STAR specifications for server and storage products, providing technical assistance and equipment operating data to assist in the development of criteria and to inform the EPA on IT equipment capabilities. IBM continues to work with the EPA, the Information Technology Industry Council, and The Green Grid to collect Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC) Server Efficiency Rating Tool (SERT) and Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) EmeraldTM Power Efficiency Measurement test data for server and storage products, respectively, to assess how component choices affect the metric scores, and evaluate options to use the metrics to set performance/power based energy efficiency thresholds for the products.
Servers: Version 2 of the ENERGY STAR program requirements for computer servers became effective December 16, 2013. For a list of ENERGY STAR certified servers, please visit:
Storage Products: Version 1 of the ENERGY STAR program requirements for storage products became effective on December 6, 2013. For a list of IBM ENERGY STAR certified storage products, please visit ENERGY STAR certified IBM storage products.
IBM became a charter member of the U.S. EPA's ENERGY STAR Computer Program in 1992 and helped the EPA define criteria for computers and monitors.
In March 2001, IBM became the first company to win an ENERGY STAR Excellence in Corporate Commitment Award recognizing IBM's overall commitment and contributions to energy conservation and efficiency across the company's operations and in the design of its products. IBM also received the ENERGY STAR Computer Partner of the Year award in the Office Equipment category for two consecutive years, 1998 and 1999, for leadership in developing environmentally responsible computer products.