„40 Jahre Blauer Engel - Weiterentwicklung seines Produktportfolios" (40 Years of Blue Angel - Further Development of its Product Portfolio)
Project duration: 10/1/2018 until 3/31/2020
In this project, a basis for awarding the Blue Angel eco-label for "resource-efficient software" was developed. This includes researching suitable software types, developing standard usage scenarios, and defining minimum requirements that describe resource-efficient software products.
The project builds on the "UFOPLAN-SSD 2015" project, in which we developed a methodology for assessing the resource efficiency of software products. The detailed project results can be found in the final report (German only) published by the Federal Environment Agency.
Within this project, (i) the scope of applicable software products was be narrowed down and suitable groups for the label's award criteria and procedures are identified, (ii) manufacturers and developers, interested in applying for label were identified and their software tested, (iii) procurers were surveyed with regards to software products that are usually commissioned or procured.
As a basis for awarding the label, a handout was developed that provides information on which software products are suitable for a Blue Angel label. Additionally, the proposed award criteria were scrutinized for the areas of application.
Through field tests, developers were invited to evaluate the proposed criteria for resource-efficient software. With the support of these partners, the standard usage scenarios, required for recording the award criteria, were developed further. The results of the field test were compiled into a workshop.
By involving procurers, developers and further practice partners at an early stage, the aim was to develop a basis for the awar criteria that represent both the current state of science and applicability in practice.
Since January 2020, the Blue Angel has been published on the RAL website and can be applied for there. All further information can be found here: https://www.blauer-engel.de/en/products/electric-devices/resources-and-energy-efficient-software-products
Following the expert hearing in Berlin in October, the award criteria for a Blue Angel for energy- and resource-efficient software were revised in line with the feedback from the experts. The revised version was submitted to the Environmental Label Jury.
On December 11, the Environmental Label Jury met and decided to approve the publication of the new Blue Angel for software with the submitted criteria. The eco-label can now be applied for: https://www.blauer-engel.de/en/products/electric-devices/resources-and-energy-efficient-software-products
The Resource Efficient Software eco-label is intended to recognize desktop application software that is characterized by the following environmental attributes:
To this end, an expert hearing on the Blue Angel for resource-efficient software | DE-UZ NEU will be held at the Federal Environment Agency in Berlin on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to approximately 4:00 p.m.
In the REFOPLAN project, a basis for awarding the Blue Angel "Resource-efficient software" is being developed.
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Aim of the field test
The practice partners apply the criteria to their product in order to intensively test the planned award criteria. The developed criteria and the methodology for evaluating resource efficiency are to be tested for applicability and meaningfulness through practical application.
Planned procedure of the field test
As part of the research project, the Blue Angel eco-label for "Resource Efficient Software" is to be developed. The criteria are to be tested for its feasibility and meaningfulness through application in practice.
Therefore we are interested in practical experiences of software procurers.
In the project we would like to find out which software products are typically procured or which are ordered and which selection criteria play a role.
Support our project now by participating in our survey!
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The workshop will take place on June 25, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to about 3:30 p.m. at the Öko-Institut e.V. in Berlin.
In the workshop, we want to further develop the concept of the future Blue Angel for software with you and discuss our initial proposals for assessing the environmental impact of software. In addition, we will present a measurement method for determining the energy and resource consumption of software and results from field tests.
Registration possible by mail to email@example.com before June 14, 2019.
We are looking forward to the exchange with you.
Questions of resource efficiency have rarely been asked in relation to software in the past, and if they have been, this has not been done with a uniform system. Therefore, only very limited use can be made of market data or benchmarks from practice for the development of such an award basis. The development of these award criteria therefore still involves a high proportion of research and development work: Due to the large number of different types of software products and also manufacturers and developers, the development of meaningful and applicable award criteria for a Blue Angel for resource-efficient software requires in-depth investigations and practical tests.
The final version of the basic award criteria is available on the RAL website: https://produktinfo.blauer-engel.de/uploads/criteriafile/en/DE-UZ%20215-202001-en-Criteria-2020-02-13.pdf
The background report documenting the development of the Blue Angel award criteria for resource and energy efficient software products DE-UZ 215 can be found at https://www.umweltbundesamt.de/publikationen/umweltzeichen-blauer-engel-fuer-ressourcen (German only).
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