Summary of an Administrative Arrangement
To become an ENERGY STAR® Participant, your organization must sign an Administrative Arrangement with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and agree to:
- promote energy efficiency to both internal and external audiences
- maintain the meaning of the ENERGY STAR registered mark and build the reputation as a trusted symbol for energy-efficient products
- promote ENERGY STAR certified products
- use the symbol in promotional activities
- follow the Guidelines for the application and reproduction of the ENERGY STAR symbol in Canada or, if applicable instead, the Guidelines for the labelling and promotion of ENERGY STAR certified fenestration products sold in Canada
- use ENERGY STAR performance levels as a procurement tool
The Administrative Arrangement lays the foundation for Natural Resources Canada to measure the effectiveness of the Participant’s ENERGY STAR activities in Canada. It also ensures that the ENERGY STAR symbol and its energy efficiency specifications are used consistently.
There are two basic types of arrangements:
- a detailed document for manufacturers and importer/dealers who are required to confirm the product qualifies for ENERGY STAR and apply the symbol to the product, its packaging or literature;
- a general document for organizations whose primary activity is promoting ENERGY STAR and energy efficiency.
Commitments by both parties
The Participant recognizes ENERGY STAR as a vehicle for the public and private sectors to promote products that meet or exceed technical energy-use specifications.
The Participant agrees to use this alliance with NRCan to promote energy efficiency through ENERGY STAR.
The Participant also agrees that it is important to maintain the integrity of the ENERGY STAR symbol.
The Participant agrees to:
- identify types of activities to be undertaken to promote ENERGY STAR in Canada by completing a Participant Commitment Form
- follow the guidelines on how to use the ENERGY STAR symbol to identify certified products
- apply the targeted energy efficiency levels in the technical specifications that qualify products for the ENERGY STAR symbol
The Participant agrees to report on the progress and outcomes of their activities to help NRCan evaluate the activities surrounding the use and promotion of the ENERGY STAR symbol and agrees to:
- participate in NRCan's ENERGY STAR Survey, providing relevant data as requested
- promote the ENERGY STAR name and qualified products in accordance with the guidelines
- promote the organization as an ENERGY STAR Participant
- if applicable, submit an outline of activities that use incentives to promote the sale of qualified products
- identify all certified products with the ENERGY STAR symbol according to the ENERGY STAR guidelines
- train staff on the meaning and use of the ENERGY STAR symbol
- feature ENERGY STAR in promotional material and on websites
The Administrative Arrangement also suggests voluntary measures that Participants can undertake to keep NRCan informed of their progress.
NRCan is committed to promoting the activities undertaken by Participants as a way to raise awareness of ENERGY STAR and to demonstrate how organizations are successfully implementing energy efficiency programs.
- maintain the credibility of the ENERGY STAR name and symbol
- use the guidelines consistently
- increase awareness of ENERGY STAR certified products by promoting their benefits
- provide easy access to documents on the use of the ENERGY STAR symbol
- maintain a website that provides information and key contacts
- publicly recognize Participants through the OEE Web site and other mechanisms
- communicate with Participants on a regular basis
Note: The Administrative Arrangement does not imply NRCan endorsement of the Participant or its products. ENERGY STAR related activities are voluntary and will not be compensated by NRCan.
The ENERGY STAR name and symbol are trademarks registered in Canada by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and are administered and promoted by Natural Resources Canada.
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