Announcing the 2015 EPEAT Purchaser Award Winners

The Green Electronics Council today announced the winners of its inaugural EPEAT Purchaser Awards, a program recognizing excellence in the green procurement of electronics. The combined efforts of the 2015 EPEAT Purchaser Award winners resulted in enough energy savings to power more than 6,500 U.S. households for one year, reduction of more than  350,000 kg of hazardous waste, the elimination of enough mercury to fill more than 5,000 mercury fever thermometers, and carbon reductions equal to removing more than 11,000 passenger cars from the road for a year.

The 17 winners of the first-annual Awards were recognized for their procurement efforts in up to three categories: PCs and Displays, Imaging Equipment and Televisions. Award winners earned one star for each category in which they committed to purchasing environmentally preferable electronics registered in the EPEAT green-rating system.

 

Measurable benefits for the environment

Hundreds of purchasers worldwide have trusted EPEAT for nearly a decade, achieving significant environmental benefits in the process.  Over their lifetime, compared to products that do not meet EPEAT criteria, the nearly 500,000 EPEAT-registered computers and displays purchased by the 17 entities recognized with a 2015 EPEAT Purchaser Award will:

  • Reduce use of primary materials by 30,486 metric tons, equivalent to the weight of 840 tractor-trailer 18-wheelers
  • Reduce use of toxic materials, including mercury, by 10,832 kg, including enough mercury to fill more than 5,000 household mercury fever thermometers
  • Avoid the disposal of 351,075 kg of hazardous waste, equivalent to the weight of 2,854 refrigerators
  • Eliminate the equivalent of 738 U.S. households’ annual solid waste—1,379 metric tons

 

Energy-Related Savings

EPEAT’s requirement that registered products meet the latest ENERGY STAR specifications means these products will consume less energy throughout their useful life, resulting in:

  • Savings of over 83 million kWh of electricity—enough to power 6,544 U.S. homes for a year
  • Avoidance of nearly 160 thousand kilograms of water pollutant emissions
  • Reduction of more than 16,000  metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions— equivalent to taking more than 11,500 million average U.S. passenger cars off the road for a year

The 2015 EPEAT Purchaser Award winners are:

Three-Star EPEAT Purchaser Award Winners

  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
  • Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Y-12 National Security Complex, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Oak Ridge Associated Universities

Two-Star EPEAT Purchaser Award Winners

  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Sandia National Laboratories, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Legacy Management, U.S. Department of Energy
  • City of Keene, New Hampshire

One-Star EPEAT Purchaser Award Winners

  • Shared Services Canada
  • East Tennessee Technology Park, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • Bowdoin College

EPEAT and Executive Order 13693 Implementing Instructions

The U.S. Federal Government – the world’s largest purchaser of electronics – resolved last week a paradox in its policies towards green electronics procurement. At issue was whether to continue Federal leadership in global green electronics, or to eliminate the use of non-government standards for public procurement. “A race for the bottom,” some said of the second option.  “The path to lose U.S. preeminence in purchasing policy,” said others.

The outcome, published by the team of new U.S. Chief Sustainability Officer Kate Brandt, was a carefully crafted yet firm declaration that the U.S. Government would continue to lead. For a start, the Instructions raised the goal from 95% of purchases to “all” purchases needing to include sustainability requirements.

Additional changes affirmed in the Implementing Instructions related to the EPEAT Registry for greener electronics, long the key to sustainable federal electronics procurement. These changes included:

  • The Instructions reassure all federal agencies that they may still use EPEAT to inform their procurement of electronics (“Federal purchasers may continue to use the EPEAT product registry”)
  • The Instructions reinforce the federal government’s confidence in EPEAT (“EPEAT is currently the only tool available to achieve the electronic stewardship mandates of section 3(l) of E.O. 13693.”)
  • The Instructions establish EPEAT as the standard bearer for the purchase of electronic devices moving forward, while opening the door to other tools if they meet the same rigorous requirements (“Any future tools shall meet or exceed current levels of sustainable and environmental performance”)
  • “Electronic products typically used in office spaces and data centers” are specifically mentioned in the Implementing Instructions.

This will help all elements of the marketplace. As the largest electronics purchaser in the world, the U.S. Government will continue to bring stability and market share to environmentally preferable products. The leadership that the EPEAT Registry has represented will set the basis for continued advancement of green electronics. With input from a broad range of stakeholders and a careful pen, Ms. Brandt’s team has created order, a healthy market, and a productive race to the top both for standards and for electronics products worldwide.

TÜV Rheinland Launches Suite of EPEAT Registration and Verification Services

TÜV Rheinland, a leading global provider of testing, inspection and certification services, today announced that it will provide a full suite of services for the EPEAT rating system. Through an agreement with the Green Electronics Council, TÜV Rheinland can now offer product registration entity (PRE) services to manufacturers that wish to register their products in EPEAT.

As a PRE provider, TÜV Rheinland will work with manufacturers to identify whether their electronic products are eligible for a Bronze, Silver or Gold EPEAT rating based on their attainment of environmental performance criteria.

“TÜV Rheinland is one of the world’s best recognised testing and certification bodies, and we are pleased to welcome them as an EPEAT PRE”, said Robert Frisbee, Green Electronics Council CEO. “Their commitment to sustainability and expertise in electronics makes them a prime partner as we continue to expand the PRE network to serve a global audience.”

EPEAT is an easy-to-use resource with which purchasers, manufacturers, resellers and others can evaluate, compare and select electronic products based on their environmental attributes. EPEAT registration is currently available in 43 countries. The system is free of charge to purchasers of electronics.

“TÜV Rheinland is excited to be joining the EPEAT PRE family to promote the development and usage of green electronic products in the marketplace,” said Uwe Halstenbach, Vice President of the TÜV Rheinland Greater China Electrical Division. “By taking advantage of TÜV Rheinland’s comprehensive PRE services, our clients will be able to translate EPEAT registration into new demand and new revenue.”

TÜV Rheinland to provide a full range of EPEAT registry services

TÜV Rheinland will soon help brand owners to demonstrate their commitment to environmentally preferable electronics to the hundreds of businesses, schools, hotels, hospitals and governments worldwide that look to EPEAT to help them make informed purchasing decisions.

EPEAT rates products according to a wide range of factors, from raw material selection and energy efficiency to packaging and end-of-life disposal. TÜV Rheinland has thus designed a comprehensive and effective solution package for manufacturers and brand owners to list their products in the EPEAT system within a shorter timeframe.

The PRE services that TÜV Rheinland will provide include a desk review of declarations made by EPEAT-using manufacturers, product verification investigations, and completeness and accuracy checking of product information declared by manufacturers.

TÜV Rheinland’s comprehensive portfolio of services to substantiate EPEAT conformance include hazardous substance testing, bio-based/biodegradable material testing and certification, product energy efficiency testing and certification, recycled plastics verification, product lifecycle assessment, ISO 14001/Eco-management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) certification, GRI sustainability reporting and the management of conflicting mineral use in products.

Thanks to its extensive testing and certification experience in the global electrical and electronics industry, TÜV Rheinland will help product manufacturers and brand owners to gain recognition and an advantage as environmental leaders.

EPEAT criteria represent comprehensive environmental leadership

EPEAT evaluates the environmental attributes of a product in 10 lifecycle areas. The criteria address such aspects as the reduction of environmentally sensitive materials, material selection, product longevity/lifecycle extension, energy conservation, end-of-life design and management, corporate performance, packaging, consumables and indoor air quality. Depending on the product category (e.g., PCs and displays, televisions and imaging equipment), the EPEAT system includes 23-32 required criteria and 26-35 optional criteria.

EPEAT rates products on three tiers – Bronze, Silver and Gold – based on the number of environmental criteria each product meets. Products meeting all of the required criteria are rated EPEAT Bronze, those meeting all of the required criteria plus at least 50% of the optional criteria are rated EPEAT Silver and those meeting all required criteria and at least 75% of the optional criteria are rated EPEAT Gold.

Over their lifetimes, EPEAT-registered electronics purchased globally since 2006 will deliver significant environmental benefits compared to products that do not meet the EPEAT criteria. To date, purchasers choosing EPEAT-registered electronics over products that fail to meet the system’s criteria have eliminated enough mercury to fill 4.6 million fever thermometers, avoided more than 528,000 metric tonnes of hazardous waste and decreased solid waste by the equivalent of 248,000 US households’ annual waste.

Join Us for a Registry Search Tips and Tricks Webinar on June 3rd

Join EPEAT’s Andrea Desimone this Wednesday for a tour of the EPEAT Registry. This presentation will include a brief overview of the EPEAT Registry and resources for purchasers. This will be followed by a live walk-through of the search capabilities of the Registry, including tips and tricks for successful searches. The webinar will end with a question and answer session.

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Verification Round Plan PC-2015-02 to be launched in early June 2015 – training available

The Plan for Verification Round PC-2015-02 is now available and can be found here. This Round will focus on one criterion (4.1.4.1) for which higher rates of higher non-conformance have occurred in previous Verification Rounds. This Round will also target specific criteria (4.3.2.2, 4.4.1.1 and 4.8.5.1) for which, in a previous investigation, a product was archived to restore the accuracy of the Subscriber’s declaration, but no further information was provided as to whether the issue causing the non-conformance impacted other registered products and if so, how this would be addressed with corrective actions. In total, thirty-five (35) investigations are planned.

EPEAT has taken a “snapshot” of the Registry, which identifies the manufacturer declarations at that point in time. Using this “snapshot,” EPEAT has already selected products for investigation. Subscribers will be notified on June 1, 2015 if their products were chosen.

To help Subscribers improve their understanding of the criteria and prepare documentation for this verification round, EPEAT will be holding interactive training webinars on criteria 4.1.4.1, 4.3.2.2, 4.4.1.1, and 4.8.5.1. Three times are scheduled for the webinar – one each for European, North American and Asian business hours:

  • European Business Hours: June 3, 2015 at 16:00 CET/Amsterdam – Register Now
  • Asian Business Hours: June 4, 2015 at 9:00 CST/Beijing – Register Now
  • North American Business Hours: June 4, 2015 at 1:00PM EDT/New York – Register Now

Additionally, EPEAT’s Online Learning Center has pre-recording training modules for every criterion in the 1680.1 standard, including 4.1.4.1, 4.3.2.2, 4.4.1.1, and 4.8.5.1. These modules are designed to de-mystify the criteria’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 also want to review these modules. If you do not yet have access to the Training Center, please contact Andrea Desimone (ADesimone@greenelectronicscouncil.org) and she will help you get started.

 

China Quality Certification Centre (CQC) First to Join Expanded EPEAT PRE Network

Following a multi-year pilot program with five global organizations, the Green Electronics Council today expanded the network of EPEAT-approved PREs by qualifying the China Quality Certification Centre (CQC). CQC is the largest professional certification body in China. As a PRE (“Product Registration Entity”), CQC will work with manufacturers to identify whether their products meet the environmental requirements for inclusion in EPEAT, the definitive global rating system for green electronics.

“I am pleased to have CQC lead this expansion of the PRE network,” said Robert Frisbee, Green Electronics Council CEO. “Their certification knowledge and insight into Chinese manufacturers, coupled with a growing proficiency in sustainability issues, keeps the bar high as EPEAT continues gaining awareness in the world’s largest electronics markets.”

The EPEAT system evaluates electronics on a lifecycle basis, addressing their design for recycling, elimination of toxic substances, use of recycled and recyclable materials, longevity, energy efficiency and packaging, among other attributes. More than 50 manufacturers have registered products with EPEAT worldwide. The organizations in the PRE network are instrumental during the registration and verification processes to ensure products’ environmental attributes are accurately stated.

“We are very honoured to be a PRE of EPEAT,” said Kejiao Wang, President of CQC. “As a Chinese National Certificate Institute with 30 years of experience, we will take advantage of our industry expertise, staff capacity and customer resources to work with GEC and actively promote the EPEAT Registry to Chinese manufacturers. We would also learn from GEC’s sustainable development practices and professional experience with our global counterparts to promote green ‘Made in China’ products and upgrade our GHG emission standard.”

Though the EPEAT system debuted in 2006, the PRE pilot program did not launch until May 2012 as demand for registration and compliance services increased globally. Once registered in EPEAT, products are strictly monitored through verification rounds to ensure the accuracy and integrity of the Registry.

Over their lifetime, EPEAT-registered electronics purchased globally since 2006 will deliver significant environmental benefits compared to products not meeting EPEAT criteria. To date, purchasers choosing EPEAT-registered electronics over products that don’t meet the system’s criteria have eliminated enough mercury to fill 4.6 million fever thermometers, avoided more than 528,000 metric tons of hazardous waste, and reduced solid waste by the equivalent of 248,000 U.S. households’ annual waste.

China Quality Certification Centre (CQC) is a professional certification body under China Certification & Inspection Group (CCIC) approved by State General Administration for Quality Supervision and Inspection and Quarantine and Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People’s Republic of China. As the largest professional certification body in China, CQC evolved from the former China Commission for Conformity Certification of Electrical Equipment established in 1984. CQC’s core business involves product certification, including China Compulsory Certification (CCC), voluntary certification, management system certification and certification training services. It is also a state authorized third-party certification body for certification of energy saving, water saving and environmental friendly products. Learn more about CQC at this web page.

Recycled-Resin Manufacturer The Lavergne Group Becomes EPEAT Champion

The LAVERGNE GROUP INC., a leader in the manufacture of engineering resins, composites and alloys used in electronics, automobiles and office furniture, today announced its has committed to the EPEAT Champion program. EPEAT is the definitive global rating system for green electronics.  As an EPEAT Champion, The LAVERGNE GROUP will promote the EPEAT system and its positive environmental benefits to customers worldwide.

Customers of The LAVERGNE GROUP rely on the company’s quality engineering resins to produce parts for electronic applications such as ink cartridges, toner cartridge components and printer components. Meeting EPEAT certification requirements is key for LAVERGNE customers since it helps them demonstrate their commitment to responsible use of raw materials, including recycled materials, for their applications.

“We believe that if an industry has access to high-quality recycled materials, it makes their sustainability goals that much easier to achieve,” said Jean-Luc Lavergne, CEO of The LAVERGNE GROUP. “As we advance that theme with our own clients, we look forward to encouraging manufacturers and others to explore EPEAT, which is also focused on making environmental decisions easier for its users.”

The EPEAT system evaluates products on a lifecycle basis, addressing their design for recycling, elimination of toxic substances, use of recycled and recyclable materials, product longevity, energy efficiency and packaging, among other attributes. More than 50 manufacturers have registered products with EPEAT worldwide.

Several of LAVERGNE’s clients are among the manufacturers that have registered their devices in EPEAT. LAVERGNE’s products use recycled resins that are refined and formulated to produce high-performance engineering resins. Its CLIC Division (Closed Loop Innovation Company) further specializes in the development of plastics recovery processes and polymer separation and cleaning processes.

Over their lifetime, EPEAT-registered electronics purchased globally since 2006 will deliver significant environmental benefits compared to products not meeting EPEAT criteria. To date, purchasers choosing EPEAT-registered electronics over products that don’t meet the system’s criteria have eliminated enough mercury to fill 4.6 million fever thermometers, avoided more than 528,000 metric tons of hazardous waste, and reduced solid waste by the equivalent of 248,000 U.S. households’ annual waste.

Kaiser Permanente Earns Top Marks in 2015 EPEAT Purchaser Awards

The Green Electronics Council today announced during CleanMed that Kaiser Permanente is the first health-care system to win an EPEAT Purchaser Award. The EPEAT Purchaser Awards recognize excellence in the procurement of environmentally preferable electronics. Kaiser Permanente, one of the nation’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans, earned an award for buying laptops, desktops, tablets, monitors, printers and multifunction devices registered in the EPEAT rating system.

Thousands of purchasers worldwide have used EPEAT for more than eight years to select greener electronic products, achieving significant environmental benefits. For example, the lifecycle environmental benefit* of Kaiser Permanente’s purchase of EPEAT-registered products in 2014 will:

  • Deliver an estimated $7.9 million in cost savings from energy efficiency
  • Eliminate mercury use equivalent to more than 1,900 mercury fever thermometers
  • Reduce solid waste by nearly 750 metric tons, equivalent to 400 U.S. households’ annual waste generation
  • Prevent the release of nearly 8,500 metric tons of greenhouse gases, equivalent to removing more than 6,000 passenger cars from the road for a year

“Kaiser Permanente has long demonstrated its commitment to green procurement and continually sets a high bar for the health-care market,” said Robert Frisbee, CEO of the Green Electronics Council, which manages the EPEAT system. “We are pleased to recognize Kaiser Permanente with a 2015 EPEAT Purchaser Award, and we look forward to their ongoing commitment to procuring environmentally preferable electronics.”

EPEAT Purchaser Award recipients were recognized for their procurement efforts in up to three product categories – PCs and Displays, Imaging Equipment and Televisions – earning a star for each category in which they purchased environmentally preferable electronics. Kaiser Permanente, a two-star winner, was one of 17 EPEAT Purchaser Award recipients in 2015, a group that also included higher-education and municipal, state and Federal government entities.

“At Kaiser Permanente, we are proud of this recognition by the Green Electronics Council,” said Vanessa Lochner, director of the health-care leader’s Environmentally Preferable Purchasing program. “We continuously strive to procure environmentally preferable products, reducing our impact on the environment.  EPEAT is a valuable tool that helps us and others make the procurement of products that are more environmentally sound throughout their life cycle not only smarter, but easier.”



*Results based on comparison with products that do not meet EPEAT environmental criteria, calculated using the U.S. EPA’s Electronics Environmental Benefits Calculator and by multiplying the average lifespan of each product type in the Kaiser system by its annual energy cost savings.

Join Us for Our Introduction to EPEAT Webinar

Join EPEAT’s Jonas Allen and Andrea Desimone for an 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

The webinar will end with a question and answer session.

We have scheduled multiple sessions, each covering the same content. Please choose the one that works best for your schedule.

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