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    Green IT Rating System Expanded to Brazil and Mexico

    By Keith R | August 10, 2009

    Topics: Climate Change, Electronic/Electrical Equipment, Energy Efficiency, Hazardous Substances | No Comments »

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    From EPEAT:

    The Green Electronics Council Announces Major Expansion of EPEAT

    The Green Electronics Council today announced the availability of an international EPEAT purchasing registry, a major development that enables the world’s leading electronics manufacturers to list ‘green’ computers and monitors in 40 countries across the globe.

    EPEAT is one of the most extensive and influential green IT product rating systems, with a registry of more than 1,000 products and more than 30 participating manufacturers, from global giants to small integrators. The U.S. government requires federal agencies to buy EPEAT-registered products for at least 95 percent of their needs and hundreds of government and enterprise purchasers worldwide require EPEAT.

    “Since launching EPEAT in 2006, we have been overwhelmed by the positive response from large purchasers, manufacturers and consumers across every sector of the global marketplace,” said Jeff Omelchuck, Executive Director of EPEAT. “With the international registry launch, EPEAT now makes it easy for purchasers in 40 countries around the world to choose green electronics that cut costs, green IT environments and help lead the transition to a prosperous, low-carbon economy.”

    With the expansion announced today, IT purchasers in the US, Canada, Europe, China, Japan, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil and Mexico can evaluate, compare and select products that are available to them based on the products’ environmental performance in their country.

    “We recognized early on that EPEAT provided an effective, credible tool to identify computer hardware solutions for our clients that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, eliminate toxic substances, increase recycled content and reduce energy usage, at no added cost and with no restrictions on product or supplier choice,” said Tashweka Anderson, Sustainable IT Business Manager at ComputaCenter (UK). “This expansion of the registry will make the procurement process even easier and more effective.”

    Products that meet 23 required environmental performance criteria may be registered at the EPEAT Bronze level. Depending on the number of 28 additional optional criteria the product meets it can be rated EPEAT Silver or EPEAT Gold, the highest level. Products are rewarded with additional points as they meet environmental performance criteria related to every phase of the product lifecycle.

    “EPEAT is providing a critical forum through which many different stakeholders come to the table to develop criteria addressing key environmental attributes that span the life cycle of electronic products,” said Alexandra McPherson, project director at Clean Production Action. “It now will provide the global marketplace with an innovative standard that helps purchasers differentiate products based on their environmental performance.”

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