EPEAT® Environmental Rating System Debuts in India

Indian purchasers can now use the procurement tool to select greener electronics from world-leading manufacturers.

Delhi – July 23, 2014 – The Confederation of Indian Industry’s Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development (CESD) today celebrated the Indian debut of the EPEAT® environmental-rating system for electronics with an event in Delhi co-hosted with the Green Electronics Council. CII convened representatives from the electronics industry, enterprise purchasers, government and Indian civil society in a discussion of how EPEAT can support and reinforce Indian efforts to reduce the environmental impacts of electronics. The Green Electronics Council, the U.S-based non-profit organization that manages the EPEAT system encouraged attendees from all stakeholder groups to continue thinking creatively

For eight years, EPEAT ratings have helped companies, governments and consumers around the world compare and purchase greener devices, resulting in significant environmental benefits. India is the 43rd country in which EPEAT registration and verification services are now available to help purchasers select products that reduce their environmental impact.

“Indian purchasers now have a way to easily and reliably identify greener electronics, joining with others around the world to reward the development of more environmentally sound devices,” said Robert Frisbee, CEO of the Green Electronics Council. “Considering the size and scope of the Indian electronics market, we are excited about the environmental benefits that will flow from today’s opening of EPEAT for India.”

EPEAT, which stands for “Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool,” rates products on a lifecycle basis. The system addresses the elimination of toxic substances, the use of recycled and recyclable materials, product design for recycling, product longevity, energy efficiency, corporate performance and packaging attributes, as well as requiring manufacturer responsibility for collection and responsible recycling of all registered devices. Manufacturers must register their products in EPEAT on a country-by-country basis to ensure all product and service criteria are supported and verified for local markets. (More at www.epeat.net )

“Indian industry and enterprise use ICT products to create new efficiencies and sustainability benefits,” said Seema Arora, Executive Director of CII-CESD. “The availability of EPEAT registration will enable bulk-consumers of ICT products to increase the net benefit of these activities by easily identifying and selecting environmentally responsible products.”

Dell and HP have already registered 146 PC and Display products in India, VXL Instruments of Bangalore has joined the EPEAT system as a Participating Manufacturer and other manufacturers are preparing to register. The EPEAT system currently rates PCs and Displays, Televisions and Imaging Equipment (printers, copiers, scanners etc.), with standards for Servers and Mobile Phones in development. At present, India registrations include Desktops, Notebooks, Workstations, Thin Clients and Displays. Devices will be continually added to the Registry as they are deemed compliant with EPEAT’s environmental requirements.

“The ICT sector in India is very concerned with the environmental impacts of product design, manufacturing and end of life recovery” said Anwar Shirpurwala, Executive Director of MAIT (formerly known as the Manufacturers Association for Information Technology). “Participation in programmes such as EPEAT will support Indian manufacturers’ ability to reap market rewards in both internal and external markets based on their products’ environmental performance. It shall enable provision of globally accepted, transparent and effective methods to ensure greener electronics.”

To qualify for the EPEAT Registry, electronic devices must meet at between 23- 33 required environmental performance criteria based on product category. Products achieve higher ratings by meeting up to 29 additional optional criteria. The ratings criteria were developed during multi-year stakeholder consensus processes that have involved hundreds of representatives from the environmental, research, governmental and manufacturing sectors, as well as public and private bulk consumers.

“Customers are looking for simple ways to make comparisons between products and their environmental qualities. Dell helps its customers make those assessments easily through our commitment to a wide range of EPEAT product registrations,” says Michael Murphy, Executive Director Worldwide Regulatory Compliance & Environmental Affairs at Dell. “EPEAT-registered products are a global solution reflecting our own environmental sustainability principles and we are proud to expand our EPEAT product registrations to the Indian market.”

EPEAT’s environmental rating system is used as a purchasing requirement by eight national governments, including the United States Federal government, and thousands of other purchasers worldwide to obtain products that meet strict environmental criteria that support more effective recycling, reduced energy consumption, longer product life and reduced toxicity. Purchase contracts that require EPEAT registration exceed $65 billion in purchasing value. More than 50 manufacturers participate across more than 40 countries. More than 600 million EPEAT-registered products have been purchased since the Registry debuted in July 2006.

I’m proud that my district is home to this organization that is making such a difference, not just in the US but around the world. The U.S. government is leading by example by embracing EPEAT standards for purchasing greener electronics, and I’m eager to see the positive impact of the expanded EPEAT registry,” said U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer. “We need to create new paths to environmental success stories that rely on creativity not restriction, science not politics and incentive not penalty. EPEAT’s success shows that a cooperative, reward-based approach can move markets and that diverse stakeholders working together can be true catalysts for change. The alliances the Green Electronics Council is building in India demonstrate how leadership through collaboration can be a powerful tool for global progress.”

 

Since 2006, purchasers choosing EPEAT-registered electronics over products that don’t meet the system’s criteria have eliminated greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 11 million U.S. vehicles’ annual impact, avoided more than 394,000 metric tons of hazardous waste and reduced solid waste by nearly 167,000 metric tons – equivalent to  nearly 86,000 U.S. households’ annual waste.

About EPEAT

EPEAT is the definitive global registry for greener electronics. The registry includes the most products from the broadest range of manufacturers and spans the widest array of countries. EPEAT combines strict, comprehensive criteria for design, production, energy use and recycling with ongoing independent verification of manufacturer claims. More than 533 million EPEAT-registered products have been sold worldwide since 2006, resulting in significant environmental benefits. EPEAT was developed through a stakeholder consensus process and is managed by the Green Electronics Council, a non-profit organization based in Portland, Oregon. Learn more at epeat.net.

Outcomes Report for Personal Computers and Displays Verification Round PC-2013-05 is now available

The Outcomes Report for Personal Computers and Displays Verification Round PC-2013-05 is now available, and can be found here. This Round consisted of Level 2 investigations on three required criteria (4.3.1.3, 4.3.1.5 and 4.8.2.1) and five optional criteria (4.3.1.6, 4.3.1.7, 4.3.2.1, 4.3.2.2 and 4.8.2.2).

Download the Outcomes Report Round PC-2013-05

 

Imaging Equipment Verification Round IE-2014-02 – Level 1 Investigations Now Underway

Imaging Equipment Verification Round IE-2014-02 is now underway. This round consists of two phases: the recently completed Level 2 investigations and the upcoming Level 1 investigations.

The Level 2 investigations required no Subscriber participation and have already been completed. In those investigations the Qualified Verifiers reviewed publicly available information to assess conformance. The PVC recommendations for these Level 2 investigations were broken up into three categories:

  1. Conformance - no Subscriber action is required
  2. Non-Conformance - the Subscriber will move into an immediate Corrective Action Phase
  3. Inconclusive - the Level 2 investigation will now move to a Level 1 investigation.

Investigation Reports have been created for all Level 2 investigations.

Download the Round IE-2014-02 Verification Plan

Slates to Become Eligible for EPEAT PC Registration

ENERGY STAR will release a final and effective Computers Version 6.1 specification in late summer 2014.  The 6.1 specification will explicitly add three new categories of computing devices to the scope of the existing ENERGY STAR Computers program:  Slate/tablets, two-in-ones, and portable all-in-ones.  The proper categorization and definition of these new devices is still being determined at this time.

Once ENERGY STAR releases its 6.1 specification, the lack of an ENERGY STAR specification will no longer present a barrier to manufacturers registering slate devices in EPEAT.  The convertible notebook products that ENERGY STAR defines as “Two-in-Ones” will continue to be eligible for ENERGY STAR and EPEAT Notebook category registration, as they have been under previous ENERGY STAR versions.

See the most recent draft of ENERGY STAR 6.1 here for the current ENERGY STAR definitions of Two-in-Ones and Slates.

Two-in-Ones and Slates must meet all required criteria in the PC/Display standard that apply to the Notebook product category. EPEAT will add new product sub-categories within the PC/Display product category to make registered two-in-one and slate devices easier to find.

Registration Process

Because slates will be registered under the existing PC/Display standard, EPEAT will not require PREs to subject registrations to any special Desk Review procedures. Participating Manufacturers who are already off Desk Review for all criteria they will declare for these products will be able to register slates directly and see their product records appear immediately in the Registry.  Slate device registrations by manufacturers new to EPEAT will appear on the Registry once they’ve met the Desk Review requirements of their PRE.

As with all registered products, participating manufacturers should be prepared to support any declared criterion with adequate evidence in the early stages of registration and throughout the products’ Active status in the Registry. EPEAT will verify a selection of newly registered slates soon after they appear on the Registry.

Criteria of Interest

To help manufacturers prepare for slate registration, EPEAT has identified criteria that may require additional attention when registering these products.  EPEAT recommends that manufacturers review these criteria internally and with their PRE to address any questions regarding their slate products’ conformance in advance of registration.

 

REQUIRED CRITERIA

Criterion

Title

4.3.1.3

Easy disassembly of external enclosure

4.3.1.5

Identification and removal of components containing hazardous materials

4.4.1.1

Availability of additional 3 year warranty or service agreement

4.4.2.1

Upgradeable with common tools

4.6.1.1

Provision of product take-back service

4.6.2.1

Provision of rechargeable battery take-back service

 

OPTIONAL CRITERIA

Criterion

Title

4.3.2.1

Manual separation of plastics

4.4.2.2

Modular design

4.4.3.1

Availability of replacement parts

 

 

Outcomes Report for IE-2014-01 Now Available

Verification Round IE-2014-01 was completed in April 2014.  This report provides the detailed results of the Verification Round.  In this round two previously purchased imaging equipment products were sent to testing laboratories.  The testing laboratories performed Level 2 and Level 3 testing on up to 6 criteria as applicable.  Take a minute to review the Outcomes Report for important information.

Outcomes Report Round IE-2014-01

Indian Environment Network to Support EPEAT Expansion in India

The Green Electronics Council today announced that the Indian Environment Network (IEN), an online community of professionals from more than 2,000 organizations and institutions, has committed to be an EPEAT® Champion. EPEAT is the definitive global rating system for greener electronics. As the system expands to cover India, IEN will promote EPEAT among its member professionals and organizations as a way for them to identify and select environmentally preferable computers, monitors, imaging equipment and televisions.

“EPEAT can help Indian purchasers to procure greener electronics that save on energy costs and reduce the carbon footprint of Indian business on the planet,” said Chandra Kishore, Indian Environment Network founder. “IEN is committed to sharing cutting edge knowledge and information about environmentally preferable products and services with organizations across the world so that our members can make the right choice.”

In January 2014, India became the 43rd country covered by the EPEAT system. Manufacturers have already begun the process of qualifying their products for EPEAT in India. Purchasers will be able to review the electronics registered in India in the system’s publicly searchable database during the second quarter of 2014.

EPEAT, which stands for “Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool,” rates products on a lifecycle basis. The system addresses the elimination of toxic substances, the use of recycled and recyclable materials, product design for recycling, product longevity, energy efficiency, corporate performance and packaging attributes. Manufacturers register their products in EPEAT on a country-by-country basis to ensure all product and service criteria are supported and verified for local markets.

In 2013, Indian purchasers spent $9.5 billion on computing hardware alone. Replacing products that do not meet EPEAT’s stringent environmental criteria with high performing products that meet dozens of the system’s environmental performance criteria could contribute to major reductions in organizations’ electricity usage, and by making recycling easier, could help address e-waste issues as well.

As one of its first activities as an EPEAT Champion, IEN hosted an informative webinar about the EPEAT system and “How to Purchase Green Electronics.” The webinar has already been viewed more than 4,500 times by IEN members from India to South Korea and from South Africa to the United Kingdom. IEN will continue to work with the Green Electronics Council on activities to promote the EPEAT system in India and by Indian environment professionals worldwide.

Established in 1999, the Indian Environment Network is an electronic community of top Indian Environment Professionals working throughout the world. The network has grown rapidly to include members from more than 2,000 environment organizations and institutions. Its mission is to create and sustain a million man-hours of work in the service of Mother Earth by making “Environment and Nature” the top sector and the “environment profession” the profession of choice for the present and future generations. The network is managed by Network of Indian Environment Professionals LLC, which formally registered as an institutional entity in 2001.

Outcomes Report for TV-2013-03 Now Available

Verification Round TV-2013-03 was completed in March 2014.  The Outcomes Report for this round can be found here.  This report provides the detailed results of the Verification Round.  In this round two televisions were purchased and sent to testing laboratories.  The testing laboratories performed Level 2 and Level 3 testing on up to 13 criteria as applicable.  Please take a minute to review the Outcomes Report, especially the key lessons section for important information.

Verification Round TV-2013-03 Outcomes Report