Of the different energy efficiency labels manufacturers can put on their products, the EPEAT standard is one of the tougher ones to get. It looks at 51 different environmental criteria total over the lifetime of a product in considering what level of efficiency, if any, to give a product. These criteria get revised sometimes, and a new Energy Star revision implemented months ago could well make the EPEAT standard even tougher to achieve.
EPEAT is administered by the Green Electronics Council (GEC), a nonprofit headquartered in Portland, Oregon. The newest revision of EPEAT now requires that all products seeking this standard need to meet the new and tougher Energy Star 5.0 requirements. In what looks like an attempt to motivate manufacturers who did have the EPEAT label prior, the GEC said [PDF] it has eliminated all products from its database which do not meet the newer requirements.
This tough love approach, said GreenTech Pastures, comes on the heels of a former GEC policy which allowed a six month “grace period” after new Energy Star standards were implemented before products would be removed from EPEAT qualification. It is now being said no such period will exist and that products will be immediately removed after a new Energy Star standard goes into effect. While this may seem harsh to some, upcoming Energy Star standards are announced well in advance and voluntary in nature.