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

New Clarification Published for Imaging Equipment criterion 4.10.1.1

A Clarification has just been published for criterion 4.10.1.1 for Imaging Equipment due to several questions from Subscribers regarding the requirements.  This Clarification determines functional equivalence between Blue Angel RAL-UZ 122 and Blue Angel RAL-UZ 171.  Subscribers may use either RAL-UZ 122 or RAL-UZ 171 to calculate emissions pertaining to criterion 4.10.1.1. Clarification 30 can be found here.

Criteria Training Webinars

EPEAT will be holding interactive training webinars about specific criteria for the computers/displays, imaging equipment, and televisions standards. These interactive sessions will help Subscribers improve their understanding of the criteria, and prepare for upcoming verification rounds. The webinar schedule is provided below – you can register for these sessions by clicking on the provided links:

Televisions – May 5 & 6, 2014

Join Conformity Assurance Manager, Erin Gately, for this interactive training webinar about specific criteria for the television standard.

Criteria with clarifications covered:

  • 4.1.4.1
  • 4.1.5.1
  • 4.6.1.2
  • 4.6.2.1
  • 4.6.2.2
  • 4.7.2.2
  • 4.8.2.2
  • 4.8.4.1
  • Time based criteria

North American Business Hours: Monday, May 5th, 2:00 PM – Register Now
Asian Business Hours: Tuesday, May 6th, 8:00 AM – Register Now
European Business Hours: Tuesday, May 6th, 5:00 PM (17:00) – Register Now

Imaging Equipment

Watch the recorded webinar

Conformity Assurance Manager, Erin Gately gives information about specific criteria and clarificationsfor the imaging equipment standard.

Criteria with clarifications covered:

  • 4.1.4.1 Optional
  • 4.6.1.2 Required
  • 4.6.2.1 Required
  • 4.6.2.2 Optional
  • 4.8.2.2 Optional
  • Time based criteria
  • N/A declarations

 

PCs and Displays

Conformity Assurance Manager, Susan Herbert, gives information about specific criteria for the computers/displays standard.

Criteria covered:

  • 4.4.1.1 Required – Availability of 3 year warranty or service agreement
  • 4.6.1.2 Optional – Auditing of recycling vendors


 

Outcomes Report for IE-2013-03 Now Available

Verification Round IE-2013-03 was completed in January 2014.  The Outcomes Report for this round can be found here.  This report provides the detailed results of the Verification Round.  In this round 5 low cost imaging equipment products were purchased and sent to testing laboratories.  The testing laboratories performed Level 2 and Level 3 testing on up to 13 criteria as applicable.  Take a minute to review the Outcomes Report especially the key lessons section for important information.

Upcoming Webinar: Green Electronics in India

Following our announcement that EPEAT registration is now available in India, the Green Electronics Council will be participating in an informative webinar about green electronics in India.

In the second Global Learning School Session, Chandra Kishore, Founder of the Indian Environment Network, will speak with GEC Director of Stakeholder Engagement Sarah O’Brien about the impacts of electronics on the global environment and the EPEAT environmental rating system. Included in the discussion will be a segment about how Indian enterprises, organizations and others can use EPEAT as a tool for reducing the environmental impacts of electronics procurement, use and disposition.

The web telecast will take place at this link on Tuesday, February 11 at 10:00 AM Indian Standard Time. For visitors in the United States, the start time is Monday, February 10 at 8:30 PM PST / 11:30 PM EST.

EPEAT Environmental Rating System Expanding to India

The Green Electronics Council today announced the expansion of the EPEAT environmental rating system to India, where purchasers spent $9.5 billion on computing hardware alone in 2013. Manufacturers have already begun the process of qualifying PCs and Displays, Imaging Equipment and Televisions for India. Information on products registered in the country will be publicly accessible in the second quarter of 2014. India will be the 43rd country in which EPEAT registration and verification services are available to help purchasers select products that reduce their environmental impact.

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.

By 2016, the total amount spent on information and communications technology (ICT) in India is predicted to grow to $14.3 billion. “Indian industry and enterprise use ICT products to create new efficiencies and sustainability benefits,” said Seema Arora, Executive Director of the Confederation of Indian Industry’s Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development. “The availability of EPEAT registration will enable business purchasers to easily identify and select environmentally preferable electronics and increase the net benefit of these activities.”

Leveraging the EPEAT system, Indian purchasers will be able to “green” their purchasing and reward manufacturers for environmental initiative, as do the national governments of the United States, France, Canada and Australia, hundreds of healthcare, education and enterprise purchasers around the world, and local and regional governments around the globe.

“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 the Manufacturers’ Information Technology Council (MAIT). “Participation in EPEAT’s globally recognized environmental rating program will support Indian manufacturers’ ability to reap market rewards in both internal and external markets based on their products’ environmental performance. It shall provide a globally accepted, transparent and effective method to ensure greener electronics.”

“India plays a vital role in the global technology market. We are very eager to collaborate with all Indian stakeholders to support EPEAT’s adoption as a key environmental purchasing benchmark,” said Robert Frisbee, CEO of the Green Electronics Council.

To qualify for EPEAT registration, a product must meet 23 to 33 required environmental performance criteria depending on the product category. Products achieve higher EPEAT ratings by meeting up to 30 additional optional criteria. Rating criteria are developed in public stakeholder consensus processes involving broad representation from the environmental, purchasing, research, governmental and manufacturing sectors.

EPEAT is used as an environmental purchasing requirement by eight national governments, including the United States, as well as educational and healthcare systems and multinational corporations. Over their lifetime, the 646 million EPEAT-registered electronics purchased globally since 2006 will deliver significant environmental benefits compared to products not meeting EPEAT criteria, including conserving more than 100 million megawatt hours of electricity, and eliminating more than 167,000 metric tons of solid waste (equivalent to more than 85,000 U.S. households’ annual trash) and nearly 400,000 metric tons of hazardous waste.