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Tech Industry Drives Energy Efficiency in Consumer Products, Contrary to NRDC report, Says CTA

Arlington, VA – September 21, 2016 – 
The following statement is attributed to Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, regarding a new study from the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) on television energy use:

"Today's report is consistent with NRDC's typical approach - sensational-but-meaningless headlines, facts either misstated or irrelevant to the claims and an inexplicable hostility to an industry that has done so much to reduce energy usage.

"Televisions are an energy efficiency success story. Dating back to the 90s, our industry has worked closely with government - especially through the enormously popular and well-recognized ENERGY STAR consumer program and the more recent EnergyGuide labeling program. As of 2014, the ENERGY STAR program has helped save families and businesses $363 billion on utility bills, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than 2.4 billion metric tons. Innovation is constantly driving TV models to become thinner, lighter and more energy efficient.
"None of this progress was caused in any way by NRDC's war on the TV industry. NRDC has falsely claimed credit for changes in TV technology and actually blocked enactment of a California law requiring recent data - not 20-year-old cathode-ray tube data - be used in measuring TV set efficiency. NRDC continues to wrongly claim mythical energy savings from the California regulations it pushed for, when in fact the history of technology proves that innovation has driven fundamental changes in video screen technology - a process NRDC had nothing to do with.
"The technology sector has long been in the vanguard on energy efficiency policy and research through data collection, analysis, public reporting and strong competition. The industry has proactively taken steps to reduce our national energy consumption and related emissions through creative, new efforts including the Set-Top Box and Small Network Equipment voluntary agreements. And CTA research shows that even as we use more and more tech devices in our homes, their share of our overall in-home energy usage is actually decreasing."
"The TV settings used in the energy efficiency testing processes can be and are used in the real world, unless consumers want a different viewing experience - any deception here comes only from the NRDC, and we hope its board and contributors begin an internal investigation into this misplaced hostility toward energy-efficient technology, blockage of science-based policy and personal vendetta by NRDC's so-called scientists."