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 647 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 more than 463,000 metric tons of hazardous waste, the elimination of enough mercury to fill 3.5 million fever thermometers, and will reduce solid waste by the equivalent of 164,000 U.S. households’ annual waste.

These lifecycle benefits 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 EPEAT’s 2012 Environmental Benefits Report:

Environmental Benefits Report 2012 Infographic Snippet

Measurable benefits for the environment

Over their lifetime, compared to products that do not meet EPEAT criteria, the more than 114 million EPEAT-registered electronics purchased worldwide in 2012 alone will:

  • Reduce use of primary materials by 4.4 million metric tons, equivalent to the weight of 13 Empire State Buildings
  • Reduce use of toxic materials, including mercury, by 1 metric ton, equivalent to enough mercury to fill nearly 1.3 million household mercury fever thermometers
  • Avoid the disposal of 69,000 metric tons of hazardous waste, equivalent to the weight of 7 Eiffel Towers
  • Eliminate the equivalent of more than 78,000 U.S. households’ annual solid waste—146,000 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 over 12 billion kWh of electricity—enough to power 987,837 U.S. homes for a year
  • Avoidance of more than 20,000 metric tons of water pollutant emissions
  • Reduction of over 2.2 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions— equivalent to taking over 1.5 million average US passenger cars off the road for a year

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

Previous Years’ Environmental Benefits Reports

2011 Environmental Benefits Report

2010 Environmental Benefits Report

2009 Environmental Benefits Report

2008 Environmental Benefits Report

2007 Environmental Benefits Report