Comments on: Celebrating Energy Star: 20 Years of Partnership, Promise, and Progress The EPA Blog Tue, 30 Jun 2015 06:52:18 +0000 hourly 1 By: Emmy Tue, 20 Mar 2012 19:40:48 +0000 I love the Energy Star program, and think it really is a great success story in its ability to regulate products produced by the private sector for Americans as a whole. I think a key factor to its success was the EPA’s early realization that electronics were on the rise, and this program and regulations were put in place early. With that said, a further issue that needs to be tackled is now the way these electronics are disposed of. Our fast-paced innovative world develops smarter, small gadgets rapidly, giving us no choice but to replace our electronics to stay updated in our high-tech world. With just over 300 million Americans in the U.S., we replace over 400 million electrical gadgets every year, and this number continues to grow. The Energy Star program has prevented 1.7 billion metric tons of GHG emissions from entering our atmosphere, and eliminates threats to our heath from air pollution. This has been done through regulation of the creation of these electronics. The other half of the story, the disposal of these products now needs to be regulated as well.