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CEA Backs FTC Action On TV Energy Disclosure Labels

Arlington, Va.
– The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) today applauded action by the
Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on energy-use disclosure labels for TVs sold in
the U.S.

“CEA is dedicated to providing information to consumers regarding
energy use of their consumer electronics products, including developing test
procedures for measurement, gathering current data and providing online tools
and information,” said Douglas Johnson, CEA’s technology policy senior director.

“The FTC’s latest action in this year-old rulemaking is welcome
news and we look forward to working with the commission on the next steps in
this important consumer-focused initiative.”

In its official notice, the FTC proposes and seeks public comment
by May 14 on specific requirements for television energy labels, including the
location, content and format of the label.  In addition, the FTC proposes
requirements for Internet and catalog disclosures. In 2007, Congress directed
the FTC to develop requirements for disclosing energy use on televisions,
personal computers, computer monitors, cable and satellite set-top boxes,
stand-alone digital video recorders, and potentially other consumer electronics

“Energy-use disclosures are positive for consumers, who benefit
from information at the point of purchase, as well as electronics
manufacturers, which are making significant improvements in energy efficiency
of televisions and other consumer electronics products,” said Johnson.