Executive Order 13693, and What it Means to EPEAT

On March 19, the Obama Administration published Executive Order 13693 addressing federal sustainability efforts. The new Executive Order reinforces the need to accomplish environmentally sound purchasing, but several elements threaten to weaken that very mission. Stakeholders in the sustainable electronics community have consequently expressed concern and confusion.

The new Executive Order deletes references to EPEAT, a rating system for electronics that concentrates a highly complex set of environmental variables down to a simple, effective solution. The EPEAT Registry – managed by the Green Electronics Council (“GEC”) – has proven its value for eight years by helping organizations committed to environmental procurement policies attain meaningful goals.

As a result of EPEAT’s success, Federal Agencies, private sector purchasers and environmental advocates alike have asked the Obama Administration to continue the Executive Order reference to EPEAT. They have expressed surprise at the appearance of abandoning an important sustainability program that has worked through voluntary, market-based incentive rather than regulation.

Fortunately, the positive impact of EPEAT will also be its strongest anchor in Federal and global practices.  EPEAT appears in scores of Federal contracts that last over time, so in the short term its removal may not significantly alter the U.S. government’s procurement outlook. EPEAT is well known and well understood by U.S. Federal agencies, and it will continue to provide a “clear path” to environmentally sound purchasing.

Purchasers such as U.S. government agencies use EPEAT voluntarily because the system is their best path to accomplish a desired goal: environmentally sound purchase of electronics in an easy, proven way. EPEAT is the most effective, credible and convenient system for thousands of enterprise, government and educational purchasers. The Green Electronics Council will continue to work with organizations worldwide to ensure this essential framework — developed in the U.S. and embraced globally — continues to flourish at a time when the world needs it most.

Robert Frisbee

Green Electronics Council

Webinar: How to Navigate the EPEAT Registry

Friday, March 27, 2015; 10:00 – 11:00 PDT
Join EPEAT’s Andrea Desimone for a tour of the EPEAT Registry. This presentation will include a brief overview of the EPEAT Registry, resources for purchasers, and the EPEAT Purchaser Awards application. This will be followed by a live walk-through of the search capabilities of the Registry, including tips and tricks for successful searches.

Explanation of EPEAT Requirements for Recycler Certification

In response to questions from a number of participating manufacturers about recycling requirements across geographies and product categories, GEC staff have developed a brief document discussing the EPEAT system’s End of Life environmental performance requirements.  The document briefly covers the currently approved standards for use with IE and TV registrations, and may clarify what steps are needed to register in new countries. Please review the document, which is permanently available on our Recycling Resources page, and ask your colleagues to do the same.


First Annual EPEAT Purchaser Awards – Apply Today!

Recognizing Excellence in Green Procurement of Electronics. Applications accepted through April 6, 2015.

Does your organization use EPEAT to source environmentally preferable electronics? If so, consider applying for the first annual EPEAT Purchaser Awards, which recognize the efforts of those driving environmental improvements through environmentally preferable electronics purchasing.

Applications are being accepted through April 6 for the 2015 EPEAT Purchaser Awards. All organizations that purchase EPEAT-registered products are eligible.

Learn more and apply today!

Outcomes Report for Personal Computers and Displays Verification Round PC-2014-04 is Now Available

The Outcomes Report for Personal Computers and Displays Verification Round PC-2014-04 is now available, and can be found here. This Round focused on packaging take-back and reuse, and examined two optional criteria– (Provision of take-back program for packaging) and (Documentation of reusable packaging).

Download Outcomes Report PC-2014-04

Outcomes Report for TV-2014-02 Now Available

Verification Round TV-2014-02 occurred in 2014.  The Outcomes Report for this round can be found here.  This report provides the detailed results of the Verification Round.  In this round four Level 1, sixteen Level 2 and ten Level 3 investigations were completed.  The Level 2 and Level 3 investigations were conducted by a laboratory.  Take a minute to review the Outcomes Report especially the key lessons section for important information.

Download Outcomes Report TV-2014-02


Now Accepting Nominations: Green Electronics Council Catalyst Awards

The Green Electronics Council today began accepting nominations for its 2015 Catalyst Awards, a global celebration of innovative solutions and tangible environmental accomplishments throughout the lifecycle of electronic technologies. Organizations and individuals may now submit their nomination online.

The inaugural Catalyst Awards recognize electronics and related infrastructures’ positive impact on the circular economy, where circular economy is defined as “an economic system that is safe and restorative by intention and seeks to eradicate waste through the careful design, manufacture, use and handling of products and components.”

Any organization, individual, or combination of organizations and individuals collaborating may apply for an Award. Nominations must focus on the greening of electronics and be for products, processes, policies and programs launched during the past five years. Winning entries must exist in the public domain at the time of submission.

Catalyst Award winners will be honored during the Green Electronics Council’s Emerging Green Conference in September 2015 and in related marketing efforts. Emerging Green is the premiere international green-electronics conference in 2015, providing global technology leaders an opportunity to discuss the advances, challenges and role of electronics in the circular economy.

“As we look to the future of green electronics, it’s important to also reflect upon and recognize the environmental accomplishments the community has already achieved,” said Robert Frisbee, Green Electronics Council CEO. “The Catalyst Awards do just that, rewarding those solutions whose practicality and impact can be an inspiration for the next generation of innovators.”

Each Catalyst Award nomination must include both an Executive Summary and a larger section that addresses the submission’s positive impact on the circular economy, its innovation compared to existing solutions, and its viability from both an economic and resource standpoint.

Catalyst Award winner(s) 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).

Outcomes Report for IE 2014-03 Now Available

Verification Round IE-2014-03 occurred in 2014.  The Outcomes Report for this round can be found here.  This report provides the detailed results of the Verification Round.  In this round 24 Level 2 and Level 3 investigations were completed.  The Verification Round was intended to assure conformance for imaging equipment through laboratory evaluation.  Take a minute to review the Outcomes Report especially the key lessons section for important information.

IE-2014-03 Outcomes Report


Personal Computers and Displays Verification Round Plan PC-2015-01 – Level 1 investigations to be launched in early March 2015

The Verification Round Plan for PCs and Displays (Round PC-2015-01) is now available, and can be found here. In this Round, all products and criteria will be randomly chosen, and 75 Level 1 investigations are planned. The Round will begin in early March 2015.

EPEAT’s Online Learning Center has pre-recording training modules for every criterion in the 1680.1 standard. These modules are designed to de-mystify the standard’s requirements, and to illustrate the types of information needed during a Verification Round. Participating manufacturers with questions about what information is needed to demonstrate conformance to a specific criterion may want to review these modules. If you do not yet have access to the Training Center, please contact Andrea Desimone and she will help you get started.

EPEAT is also happy to provide participating manufacturers with individual training sessions on what is needed to show conformance for specific criteria. Again, please contact Susan Herbert  to schedule an individual training session.

Download: Round PC-2015-01 Verification Plan