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 533 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 394,000 metric tons of hazardous waste, the elimination of enough mercury to fill 2.3 million fever thermometers, and will reduce solid waste by the equivalent of nearly 86,000 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 2011 Environmental Benefits Report:

Measurable benefits for the environment

Over their lifetime, compared to products that do not meet EPEAT criteria, the more than 120 million EPEAT registered notebooks, desktops, and monitors purchased worldwide in 2011 alone will:

  • Reduce use of primary materials by 4.4 million metric tons, equivalent to the weight of 14 Empire State Buildings
  • Reduce use of toxic materials, including mercury, by 1,381 metric tons, equivalent to the weight of 266 elephants
  • Eliminate use of enough mercury to fill 1,007,761 household mercury fever thermometers
  • Avoid the disposal of 74,082 metric tons of hazardous waste, equivalent to the weight of 7 Eiffel Towers
  • Eliminate the equivalent of more than 76,262 US households’ annual solid waste—50,976 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 963,716 US homes for a year
  • Avoidance of 9 million metric tons of air emissions (including greenhouse gas emissions) and over 16 thousand metric tons of water pollutant emissions
  • Reduction of over 2.2 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions— equivalent to taking over 1.6 million average US passenger cars off the road for a year

Download Full 2011 Report or Executive Summary.

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

2010 Environmental Benefits Report

2009 Environmental Benefits Report

2008 Environmental Benefits Report

2007 Environmental Benefits Report