Celebrating the First Anniversary of EPEAT Launch in India

Today the Green Electronics Council and the Confederation of Indian Industry’s Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development celebrate the one-year anniversary of their collaborative launch of EPEAT, the definitive global rating system for greener electronics, in India.

Nearly 3 million (2,962,734) EPEAT-registered electronic products were purchased from India-based manufacturers between July and January 2014 . These products’ environmentally sensitive design, energy efficient functioning and responsible management support at end-of-life will result in significant environmental benefits and energy savings over their lifetime, as depicted in this infographic.

Since July 2014, the number of EPEAT-compliant devices has risen from 145 PC and display models to 266 PC and display models and 35 copiers, printers and multi-function devices, bringing the total number of India registrations to 301 – a 108% increase since the program’s inception.

“We partnered with GEC to launch EPEAT in India and introduce this useful tool to enhance the environmental stewardship of Indian Industry and to also provide an opportunity for them to come at-par with globally recognized product standards,” said Seema Arora, Executive Director of the CII-CESD. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with GEC to sensitize Indian Industry, including bulk consumers, about greening their electronics purchasing and ICT operations.”

Participating manufacturers registering products in India include Acer, Dell, HP, Ricoh and Bangalore-based VXL Instruments.

“In our direction towards a sustainable society, Ricoh is proud to use EPEAT in leading the way to higher, more reliable and comprehensive levels of environmental excellence for our internal operations and for reducing the carbon footprint of our customers,” said Manoj Kumar, Managing Director and CEO of Ricoh India Ltd.

“As an India-based company, VXL has found EPEAT registration to be an important qualification for Global market access, given the numbers of potential customers who require compliance with this global standard. We are very happy that EPEAT is also available to help Indian consumers simply and easily improve their environmental performance through procuring environmentally superior products. Furthermore, as we look to the future, we remain committed to the expansion of EPEAT registered products as part of our ongoing sustainable environmental strategy,” said Arun Bhuwania, Chairman, VXL Instruments.

Electronics producers in India have welcomed the opportunity to certify their products’ environmental attributes. Bulk consumers in Indian government and enterprise sectors are increasingly looking to EPEAT specifications to identify high-performance, environmentally preferable computers, monitors, copiers and printers, integrating EPEAT specifications in a growing number of public and private tenders in India for electronic products.

“The Indian electronics hardware sector is not only growing rapidly but also maturing in terms of its involvement with sustainability,” said Anwar Shirpurwala, Executive Director of MAIT. “EPEAT provides our members with a very useful framework for quantifying and communicating environmental value to their customers. We expect use of the EPEAT system will continue to expand rapidly in India for that reason.”

Measurable Benefits for the Environment

Over their lifetime, EPEAT-registered products purchased in India in 2014, compared to non-compliant products, will:

  • Reduce use of primary materials by 98,933 metric tons, equivalent to the weight of 2,727 cargo trucks
  • Reduce use of toxic materials by 46 metric tons, including enough mercury to fill nearly 26,971 household mercury fever thermometers
  • Avoid the disposal of 1,785 metric tons of hazardous waste, equivalent to the weight of 14,515 refrigerators
  • Eliminate the equivalent of more than 1,092 U.S. households’ annual solid waste—2,042 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 27.6 crores kWh of electricity—enough to power 259,740 average electrified Indian homes for a year
  • Decrease of more than 391 metric tons of water pollutant emissions
  • Reduction of nearly 49,366 Metric Tons Carbon Equivalent (MTCE) of greenhouse gas emissions—equivalent to taking more than 35,492 average U.S. passenger cars off the road for a year

Critically for purchasers, who must attend to both economic and environmental savings, bulk consumers of India-registered EPEAT products will save an estimated USD $85 lakhs (~54.3 crores of rupees) in energy costs in the first year of use alone, reducing energy usage by 85,490,530 kWh compared to use of products that do not meet the latest ENERGY STAR specifications.

“We are very happy to see the rapid growth of EPEAT awareness and use in India since last year’s launch,” said Robert Frisbee, CEO of the Green Electronics Council. “Embracing sustainable products is consistent with India’s continued leadership in the global ICT sector. And the remarkable benefits to end users and the environment from these first six months’ purchases are just the beginning.”

New Report: Advancing Safer Chemicals in Products: The Key Role of Purchasing

The Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at the University of Massachusetts has partnered with the Green Electronics Council, the Responsible Purchasing Network, and the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council to create a new report, Advancing Safer Chemicals in Products: The Key Role of Purchasing.  This report describes the potentially harmful environmental and health impacts associated with some of the chemicals in products commonly used by public agencies and businesses, and how six organizations—Seattle City Light, Oregon Environmental Council, Perkins+Will, Danish retailer Coop, Kaiser Permanente, and the National Institutes of Health — are taking leadership roles to identify and screen out toxic substances in the products they purchase. The report discusses the role that ecolabels play in helping purchasers source safer products, and also the lessons learned from the experiences of these leading organizations who have gone beyond ecolabels.

Among the lessons learned are:

  •    Understand and identify the potentially harmful substances in the products your organization is purchasing, and set priorities to phase them out
  •    Create a strong toxics reduction policy based on these priorities, and follow up with specifications that will put your policy into action
  •    Include a broad range of chemicals and products
  •    Engage employees and suppliers in your efforts to ensure that your goals are understood, safer products identified, and there are open channels for feedback
  •    Build a broad network that can help you understand changing science and keep up with best practices.

Keep your eye out for notices about a webinar on the report hosted by the sponsoring organizations after the summer!

Webinar: Using the EPEAT Registry to Purchase Environmentally Preferable Electronics

Wednesday, July 15, 1:00 – 2:00 PDT

Join EPEAT’s Sarah O’Brien 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

The webinar will end with a question and answer session.

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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