Sure, there’s Energy Star ratings for notebooks, desktops, and monitors. But the EPEAT certification was designed to take green computing beyond simple energy efficiency by directing green-minded shoppers towards IT products with a lighter environmental footprint over their entire life-cycle. According to a recent Environmental Benefits Report published by EPEAT, that strategy is working.
The report states that EPEAT registered electronics sold in 2009, as compared with products not meeting system criteria, reduced use of toxic materials by 1537 metric tons (eliminating use of enough mercury to fill 372,000 household fever thermometers), prevented over 29,000 metric tons of solid waste from being produced, and reduced hazardous waste disposal by 72,000 metric tons. Because EPEAT registered electronics also meet the latest Energy Star requirements, these computers and monitors will also save energy over their un-certified counterparts equivalent to over 10 billion kWh of electricity (enough to power 900,000 U.S. homes for a year).
“As a nonprofit organization, EPEAT’s mission is to advance environmental improvement,” said Jeff Omelchuck, EPEAT Executive Director, in a statement. “These benefits reaffirm that the EPEAT system works exceedingly well to channel purchaser demand toward products with reduced impact on the planet, rewarding manufacturers for the vitally important work of creating and supporting those products.” EPEAT ranks the environmental footprint of greener IT products with three levels of certification: Bronze, Silver and Gold.