EPEAT Expands Green Rating Around Globe

The green electronics rating service EPEAT is stepping up its game, announcing agreements with an international array of environmental and technical certification groups that it says will allow it to broaden the support services available to manufacturers and maintain consistency and quality to its program around the globe.

If you don’t know EPEAT, think of it as Energy Star on steroids: It rates electronics products not just for their energy efficiency – requiring them to meet Energy Star standards – but also has other criteria, such as product lifespan, use of toxic materials and how easy it is (or isn’t) to recover or recycle elements of the product.

Green computer monitor, EPEAT rating system

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The EPEAT press release announcing the extension of the program lists six new participating organizations. Not surprisingly, given the amount of electronics manufacturing that takes place in Asia, two are in China and two in Taiwain.

Jeff Omelchuck, EPEAT’s executive director, said in a statement that the expansion “builds on the remarkable strengths of EPEAT – environmental rating based on consensus-based public standards, tiered rankings that encourage competition and continuous improvement, declaration accompanied by ongoing independent verification, and easy access to a single registry of qualified products.”

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Pete Danko is a writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Breaking Energy, National Geographic's Energy Blog, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere.