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, storage devices and large network equipment, providing technical assistance and equipment operating data to assist in the development of criteria and to inform EPA on IT equipment capabilities.
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.