EPEAT 2011 Report Reveals Growing Global Sales and Benefits
In 2011, unit sales of EPEAT registered ‘greener’ electronics increased by almost 30 percent over 2010 sales – to more than 120 million. Environmental benefits of these products over conventional products include solid waste reduction equal to more than 75,000 US households’ annual trash, mercury elimination equivalent to over a million fever thermometers, greenhouse gas reductions equal to taking 1.6 million US cars off the road for a year.
Portland, OR, November 14, 2012 –In 2011, more than 120 million EPEAT® registered products were sold in 42 covered countries – a nearly 30% increase over 2010 sales. The definitive environmental rating system for electronics (www.epeat.net), EPEAT today released its sixth annual Environmental Benefits Report, containing these and other insights.
Other specific trends in EPEAT’s 2011 growth:
International unit sales of EPEAT rated electronics grew by 40 percent in 2011, with purchasers in Europe, Asia and Latin America increasingly selecting EPEAT registered PC and Display products. Sales of EPEAT products in the US grew by 23 percent – with US unit sales just over 50% of the 2011 global total. In addition, the number of unique products registered in the system grew by 800, from 2830 to 3671.
“EPEAT’s credibility, stringency and ease of use continues to attract new users and increase market share,” said Robert Frisbee, CEO of EPEAT. “With more EPEAT registered products than ever before, new product types coming into the system and more purchasers around the world using EPEAT to select greener electronics, the environmental benefits are dramatic.”
Over their lifetime, compared to products that do not meet EPEAT criteria, EPEAT registered products purchased in 2011 will:
- Eliminate use of enough mercury to fill 1,007,761 household mercury fever thermometers.
- Reduce use of toxic materials, including mercury, by 1,381 metric tons, equivalent to the weight of 266 elephants.
- Eliminate the equivalent of more than 76,262 US households’ annual solid waste—50,976 metric tons
- Avoid the disposal of 74,082 metric tons of hazardous waste, equivalent to the weight of 7 Eiffel Towers.
Because EPEAT registered products must meet the latest ENERGY STAR efficiency specifications, these products will consume less energy throughout their useful life, resulting in:
- Savings of over 12 billion kWh of electricity—enough to power 963,716 US homes for a year.
- Avoidance of 9 million metric tons of air emissions (including greenhouse gas emissions) and over 77 thousand metric tons of water pollutant emissions.
- Reduction of over 2.2 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions— equivalent to taking nearly 1.6 million US passenger cars off the road for a year.
All products registered in EPEAT meet strict environmental criteria that promote easier recycling, reduced energy consumption, longer product life and reduced toxicity. EPEAT’s central product registry allows purchasers to view and compare the specific environmental performance of registered products from all participating manufacturers. The system’s head to head competition drives manufacturers to innovate and qualify products at higher levels of environmental excellence.
EPEAT registration will expand very soon to cover Imaging Equipment (printers, copiers, fax and multifunction devices, mailing machines and digital duplicators) and Televisions. Standards for these product categories were finalized in 2012 and registries will open to the public early in 2013. Development of a new server standard is underway and the existing PC/ Display standard will undergo an update in the coming year.
See EPEAT’s 2011 Environmental Benefits Report, the report Executive Summary and an Infographic summarizing the findings here .