EPEAT® is the definitive global rating system for greener electronics. The EPEAT registry combines comprehensive environmental performance criteria with ongoing, independent verification of manufacturers’ claims, and it rates more products from a broader range of manufacturers than any other system. Eight national governments, including the United States, and hundreds of private and public purchasers around the world use EPEAT ratings to make informed purchasing decisions.
The EPEAT product registry is the leading resource for finding technology designed to minimize impact on the planet. The environmental standards on which the EPEAT system is based are developed through an open, stakeholder consensus process involving multiple participant types, including environmental advocates, manufacturer representatives, purchasing professionals, researchers, recycling providers, and government regulators. You can learn more at the EPEAT website.
The Green Electronics Council manages the overall technical and business processes of the EPEAT system, including overseeing a global network of Conformity Assurance Bodies and the Conformity Decision Panel. These quality assurance functions help to ensure the integrity of the EPEAT system, while GEC’s work with purchasers around the world enable Participating Manufacturers to leverage their design and production of environmentally preferable electronics.
References to EPEAT
Several organizations have guided their stakeholders toward utilizing EPEAT to reach their sustainability goals. These texts are just two examples of EPEAT’s wide recognition and influence at the cross section of technology, business and sustainability.
21st Century Corporate Citizenship: A Practical Guide to Delivering Value to Society and Your Business by Dave Stangis and Katherine V. Smith
“Governments, including the U.S. government, can use a standard like EPEAT to help decide whether they’re going to require computer purchases from a manufacturer that adheres to these guidelines. You can see how these global and well-respected bodies set up expectations of behavior around the world.”
Greening Health Care by Kathy Gerwig
“The most significant development of the past decade has been the creation in 2006 of the EPEAT Tool.”