There really seems to be no one person responsible for the issues between LG and the Energy Star label. LG claims that the Energy Star rules were not adequately explained and needed clarification, and thus their refrigerators did not comply with testing rules. And their defense is highly plausible: the word “inoperative” was used in the testing guidelines to describe how ice makers should be during testing, so LG would shut off ALL of the ice maker, including the ice cooling mechanism, although those parts weren’t included.
Even if there was intent to break Energy Star testing rules, it probably came from entire departments, and wasn’t the fault of any one person, and it’s not like LG would be open to telling the public who holds responsibility.
The EnergyStar program is problematic according to lawmakers and companies. A “sting” operation in which fake products applied for the label was succesful, raising the concern that products were not being properly tested. This was the excuse upon which LG fell back.
Ironically, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) named LG Electronics the 2012 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year as global technology leader in consumer electronics and home appliances, for its outstanding contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by manufacturing energy-efficient products and helping to educate consumers about those products.
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