EPEAT Criteria

EPEAT Criteria

The EPEAT online Registry is the definitive resource for finding technology products designed to minimize impact on the planet. The sustainability standards on which the EPEAT ecolabel is based are developed through a balanced voluntary consensus process involving multiple stakeholders, including sustainability advocates, manufacturer representatives, purchasing professionals, academics, recycling providers, and policy representatives.

EPEAT Criteria Development Process

Voluntary Consensus Process

GEC works cooperatively and assists standards development organizations (SDOs) in their development of IT sustainability criteria and standards for use in EPEAT.

GEC only implements standards in EPEAT that have been developed through a “voluntary consensus process” that includes the five elements listed: openness, balance, due process, appeals process and consensus.  In addition, the standards development processes must be transparent and allow all interested stakeholders the opportunity to review and provide input.

  1. Openness: The procedures or processes used are open to interested parties. Such parties are provided meaningful opportunities to participate in standards development on a non-discriminatory basis. The procedures or processes for participating in standards development and for developing the standard are transparent.
  2. Balance: The standards development process should be balanced. Specifically, there should be meaningful involvement from a broad range of parties, with no single interest dominating the decision-making.
  3. Due process: Due process shall include documented and publicly available policies and procedures, adequate notice of meetings and standards development, sufficient time to review drafts and prepare views and objections, access to views and objections of other participants, and a fair and impartial process for resolving conflicting views.
  4. Appeals process: An appeals process shall be available for the impartial handling of procedural appeals.
  5. Consensus is defined as general agreement, but not necessarily unanimity. During the development of consensus, comments and objections are considered using fair, impartial, open, and transparent processes.

Timing of Criteria Implementation