Environmental Benefits

EPEAT®-registered products meet strict environmental criteria that address the full product lifecycle, from energy conservation and toxic materials to product longevity and end-of-life management. EPEAT-registered products offer a reduced environmental impact across their lifecycles.

Over their lifetime, the 993.4 million EPEAT-registered electronics purchased globally since 2006 will deliver significant environmental benefits. Compared to products not meeting EPEAT criteria, these electronics will result in the reduction of 31 million metric tons of greenhouse gasses, elimination of  565,142 metric tons of hazardous waste, and will reduce solid waste by the equivalent of 199,051 U.S. households’ annual waste.

These lifecycle impacts and others are calculated using the Electronics Environmental Benefits Calculator, developed under a grant from the U.S. EPA. The Calculator is available near the bottom of this EPA webpage.

EPEAT’s Participating Manufacturers must annually report on their sales of all EPEAT registered products. Here are the highlights from the EPEAT 2015 Environmental Impacts Report:

Measurable benefits for the environment

Over their lifetime, compared to products that do not meet EPEAT criteria, the nearly 124.7 million EPEAT-registered electronics purchased worldwide in 2015 alone will:

  • Reduce use of primary materials by 15.2 million metric tons, equivalent to the weight of 46 Empire State Buildings
  • Avoid the disposal of 97,578 metric tons of hazardous waste, equivalent to the weight of 10 Eiffel Towers
  • Eliminate the equivalent of nearly 109,681 U.S. households’ annual solid waste—205,103 metric tons

Energy-Related Savings

EPEAT’s requirement that registered products meet the latest ENERGY STAR specifications means these products will consume less energy throughout their useful life, resulting in:

  • Savings of 41.9 billion kWh of electricity—enough to power 3,282,093 U.S. homes for a year
  • Avoidance of more than 57.9 million kilograms of water pollutant emissions
  • Reduction of 7.6 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions— equivalent to taking more than 5.4 million average U.S. passenger cars off the road for a year

Note: In 2015, we calculated environmental impact for products in both the computer/display and imaging equipment categories. In past years, only computer/display environmental impacts have been calculated.

To calculate the environmental impacts from the purchase of a specific EPEAT-registered product, use the Electronics Environmental Benefits Calculator (EEBC).

Previous Years’ Environmental Benefits Reports

2012 Environmental Benefits Report

2011 Environmental Benefits Report

2010 Environmental Benefits Report

2009 Environmental Benefits Report

2008 Environmental Benefits Report

2007 Environmental Benefits Report

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