EPEAT makes it easy to select high-performance electronics that meet an organization’s IT and sustainability goals. The system helps purchasers take the guesswork out of determining whether a device meets their sustainability directives, and its global applicability allows large organizations to standardize procurement around a common specification.
Purchasers can search for electronics based on product category, manufacturer, geography or EPEAT rating. EPEAT-registered products can even be identified based on specific attributes valued by an organization (reduction of toxic materials, recyclability, use of recycled plastic, etc.).
Manufacturers register products in EPEAT based on the devices’ ability to meet certain required and optional criteria that address the full product lifecycle, from design and production to energy use and recycling. Bronze-rated products meet all of the required criteria in their category. Silver-rated products meet all of the required criteria and at least 50% of the optional criteria, while Gold-rated products meet all of the required criteria and at least 75% of the optional criteria.
Manufacturers’ claims of compliance are subject to ongoing verification by qualified certification bodies. Products found non-conformant are announced publicly and removed from EPEAT to ensure Purchasers worldwide can use the system with confidence.
Implementing EPEAT contract language also gives purchasers a vehicle for requiring suppliers to document all EPEAT-registered products purchased through that contract during a given year. This data, if shared with the Green Electronics Council, qualifies the purchaser for annual recognition and can be used to calculate the purchaser’s specific financial and environmental benefits.