Outcomes Report for Imaging Equipment Verification Round IE-2015-01 Now Available

The Outcomes Report for Imaging Equipment Verification Round IE-2015-01 is now available.. This Round focused on two criteria, 4.5.2.2 (Product specific greenhouse gas emissions – third-part verification) and 4.9.3.2 (Manufacturer recycles or reuses toner material collected through its cartridges and container take-back program) due to apparent confusion regarding these criteria.

 

Clarification Open Comment Period: Reporting Grace Period for 4.8.3.1 (1680.2)

EPEAT Clarification #36: Reporting Grace Period for 4.9.3.1 -requirements for Imaging Equipment is now open for public comment. Comments will be accepted from all interested stakeholders until March 15, 2016. At the end of the comment period, EPEAT will determine and communicate the effective date.   The current draft of Clarification #36 and the link to provide comments can be found here.

Kaiser Permanente

You’ll be amazed at the environmental impact to be had after 10 years of purchasing more sustainable electronics.

Kaiser Permanente is currently purchasing 100% EPEAT-registered computers, displays, and imaging equipment. Because of this, the organization is saving an average of $1.36 million in energy cost savings annually and reducing enough greenhouse gas emissions equal to keeping 43,768 U.S. passenger cars off of the road for a year.

Learn more…

EU Recycling Standard Now Acceptable for EPEAT PC/Display Recycling Requirements

The EPEAT recycler Standards Qualification Panel (SQP) from time to time reviews recycling standards, certifications and systems to determine whether they meet the Plug-In Guidelines for Materials Management specified by the U.S. EPA. These reviews are designed to simplify selection of recycling services. The SQP has determined that Version 0.1 of the European Recycling Platform standard TS.EW.001 – Technical and Management Requirements for WEEE, dated 27 July 2015, is “functionally equivalent” to the Plug-In Guidelines for use in the EU and EFTA.

Expanding the recycling options to include TS.EW.001 adds another option for manufacturers to demonstrate conformance while maintaining consistency with Criterion 4.6.1.1 of the IEEE 1680.1-2009 standard, EPEAT’s product takeback and recycling criteria for PCs and Displays. Click here to see a full list of all commercial recycler standards that have been evaluated and found “functionally equivalent.”

Definition of Sleep Mode as it Pertains to ENERGY STAR Requirements for Televisions

EPEAT Clarification #35: Definition of Sleep Mode as it pertains to ENERGY STAR requirements for Televisions is now open for public comment. Comments will be accepted from all interested stakeholders until March 15, 2016.  At the end of the comment period, EPEAT will determine and communicate the effective date.   The current draft of Clarification #35 and the link to provide comments may be found here.

 

Webinar: Using the EPEAT Registry to Purchase Environmentally Preferable Electronics

Thursday, Febraury 25, 2016, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT

Join EPEAT’s Jonas Allen and Andrea Desimone for this overview of the EPEAT system and live walk-through of the EPEAT Registry. Learn how to use EPEAT to purchase more sustainable computers, displays, printers, copiers, televisions, and more.

The webinar will cover:

  • How the EPEAT system works
  • Who is using EPEAT
  • How to talk about EPEAT with your vendors
  • EPEAT’s environmental criteria
  • Environmental benefits of purchasing greener electronics
  • How to easily incorporate EPEAT into electronics procurement processes
  • Live walk-through of the search capabilities of the Registry
  • Tips and tricks for successful searches
  • Learn about, and how to apply for, the 2016 EPEAT Purchaser Awards

The webinar will end with a question and answer session.

Green Electronics Council Accepting 2016 Catalyst Award Nominations

The Green Electronics Council, which manages the EPEAT system, is now accepting nominations for its 2016 Catalyst Awards, a global celebration of innovative solutions and tangible environmental accomplishments throughout the lifecycle of electronic technologies. The 2016 Catalyst Awards will recognize innovations in resource reduction. Organizations and individuals may now submit their nomination online.

The 2016 Catalyst Awards define resource reduction as “decreasing the resource intensity of products and packaging through reduction of weight, volume, toxicity or the use of materials with high environmental loadings, accomplished through improvements in design, production, use, reuse, and/or recycling.

Nominations will be accepted until April 2. The winner of the 2016 Catalyst Award will be announced at the Electronics Goes Green 2016 conference in Berlin, Germany, on September 7.

Dell Inc. won the inaugural Green Electronics Council Catalyst Award in 2015 for its innovative work to close the manufacturing loop by using 100% post-consumer recycled plastic in certain components. Dell was presented the 2015 Catalyst Award during the Emerging Green Conference, the premiere international gathering of technology leaders in 2015 to discuss the advances, challenges and future of sustainable electronics.

Any organization, individual or combination of organizations and individuals collaborating may submit their project for a 2016 Catalyst Award. Nominations must focus on the greening of electronics and exist in the public domain at the time of submission. Nominations will be accepted for products, processes, policies and programs launched during the past five (5) years.

The Catalyst Award winner will be selected a Judging Committee composed of third-party experts. This Committee will be selected and managed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Further details about the 2016 Catalyst Awards, including nomination guidelines and a link to download the full nomination packet, is available at this link.

EPEAT in the News: Reducing E-Waste Through Purchasing Decisions

January 25, 2016 from Environmental Leader

Reducing e-waste not only conserves resources and keeps toxins out of the environment, it also saves money in waste management costs — and can help firms avoid costly compliance fees as a result of illegally storing or disposing of e-waste.

Machine Design offers five strategies to reduce e-waste. These include upgrading hardware or software instead of purchasing new devices, and selling or donating old electronics that still work.

Another tip the magazine suggests: know the locations of local electronics collection centers. Apple takes back its own products, while Staples and Best Buy accept a variety of used electronics and e-waste. Additionally, on its website, e-stewards.org, e-Stewards offers a “find a recycler” feature. The EPA also offers a search feature that determines if the product’s manufacturer will take back any given electronic item as well as offering mail-in options.

EPEAT-Certified Electronics

Companies can also minimize e-waste by buying products certified by the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT), a global electronics registry that rates mobile phones, televisions, printers, copiers and other imaging equipment, and computers and displays.

“It’s interesting to know that there is a continuing need to alert purchasers to the environmental impacts of electronics — and to see that once their awareness is raised, many are eager to find effective ways to act to reduce their impacts,” says Sarah O’Brien, director of global stakeholder engagement for the Green Electronics Council, the program manager for the EPEAT program. “Organizations often want to reduce the environmental impacts of their purchasing but are unsure how to proceed. By reaching out to offer guidance, we in the sustainable electronics community can empower purchasers to adopt EPEAT and reduce the impact of their IT operations.”

A new report produced by the Delta Institute, in consultation with the Green Electronics Council and the University of Illinois Survey Research Laboratory says companies’ purchasing decisions can play a key role in reducing e-waste.

Read the full article at EnvironmentalLeader.com

EPEAT in the News: These Companies are Figuring Out How to Take Toxics Out of Electronics

January 14, 2016 from ensia.com

Around the world, electronics companies are working to reduce their use of chemicals that are known to be hazardous to human health, the environment or both.

From cellphones to computers to televisions, electronics are manufactured with a long list of substances that are known to be toxic, including metals such as lead and hexavalent chromium, and other contaminants such as phthalates and brominated flame retardants. They all serve specific roles: Lead is extremely effective as a solder, for example, and flame retardants keep our computers from bursting into flames while we type. But with many of these chemicals, there’s a health trade-off: Hexavalent chromium is linked with cancer, for example, and lead causes irreversible damage to developing fetuses and children and can contaminate water supplies and harm plants and animals.

The use of such chemicals has given the electronics industry a reputation for jeopardizing the health of workers and the environment on both the manufacturing and disposal end of things. Some studies have suggested that electronics manufacturing workers, who are often exposed to chemicals such as benzene and lead that are known to have detrimental health impacts, experience elevated rates of certain cancers and other diseases. And globally, most electronic waste sent overseas is moved illegally to poor areas where people look to the waste as a source of income: They burn cables to get to the copper inside, for example, releasing extremely toxic substances such as cadmium, chromium and brominated flame retardants.

Incentive to Change

Growing awareness of these issues has led consumers to pressure companies to become more sustainable. They’re aided in the process by ratings systems such as the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool, or EPEAT, which gives consumers information they need to choose products that reduce the threat of e-waste.

Read the full article at www.ensia.com

We are Now Accepting Applications for the 2016 EPEAT Purchaser Awards

If you are using EPEAT to purchase electronics, you could be eligible for an EPEAT Purchaser Award. We are recognizing the efforts of those driving environmental improvements through environmentally preferable electronics purchasing, with the 2016 EPEAT Purchaser Awards.

The combined efforts of the last year’s EPEAT Purchaser Award winners resulted in reductions of more than 350,000 kg of hazardous waste, the elimination of enough mercury to fill more than 5,000 mercury fever thermometers, enough energy savings to power more than 6,500 U.S. households for one year, and carbon reductions equal to removing more than 11,000 passenger cars from the road for a year. We hope you will help drive these numbers even higher this year.

Applications are being accepted through March 23rd for the 2016 EPEAT Purchaser Awards. All organizations that purchase EPEAT-registered products are eligible.

Learn more and apply today!