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After numerous comments from stakeholders, Clarification #32 has been updated for Imaging Equipment criteria 22.214.171.124, 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52. The Clarification can be found here. This Clarification will be open for public comment until 04/21/2017. Comments can be sent to Erin Gately.
Washington DC– March 14, 2017 – The Green Electronics Council (GEC), managers of the EPEAT ecolabel, presented 37 organizations with a 2017 EPEAT Purchaser Award in recognition of their leadership in the procurement of sustainable IT products. When combined, the 2017 EPEAT Purchaser Award winners realized cost savings of more than $33.8 million across the lifetime of their purchased products. Along with significant cost savings, the 37 EPEAT Purchaser Award winners also recognized considerable environmental benefits from their purchasing decisions including combined greenhouse gas reductions equivalent to removing more than 40,000 passenger cars from the road for a year; a reduction of nearly 769 metric tons of hazardous waste; solid waste savings equivalent to that produced by 2,078 average U.S. households each year; a reduction in energy usage by 327.5 million kWh; and avoidance of 513.8 metric tons of water pollutant emissions.
Large scale public and private sector purchasers globally rely on the EPEAT Registry, the leading online rating system of sustainable IT products, to identify and purchase sustainable IT products. “The EPEAT ecolabel was established to provide large-scale purchasers a way to identify credible sustainable IT products,” said Melanie Bower, Director of EPEAT. “The EPEAT Purchaser Awards allows us to recognize those organizations who chose to realize significant cost savings and positive environmental benefits by making informed decisions about the IT products they purchase.”
The Green Electronics Council recognized the EPEAT Purchaser Award winners at a ceremony sponsored by the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), the premier advocacy and policy organization for the world’s leading innovation companies. Award ceremony speakers included Ian Kirk, a purchaser representative from the Canadian Government and Joel Sigler, Senior Manager of National Environmental Health & Safety at Kaiser Permanente.
The Green Electronics Council also honored the State Electronics Challenge with the 2017 Sustainable Purchasing Visionary Award. Since 2008, the State Electronics Challenge has enabled state, tribal, regional, and local governments, including schools and other public entities, to purchase and manage IT products in an environmentally sound manner. The State Electronics Challenge currently has 167 partner organizations who purchase EPEAT-registered IT products.
This year’s EPEAT Purchaser Awardees represented local, state and national governments, healthcare systems, research facilities, school districts, higher education institutions, and private enterprise. In this – the awards program’s third year – the Green Electronics Council notably recognized first India-based EPEAT Purchaser Awardee.
Award winners were recognized for their purchases in three IT product categories: PCs and Displays, Imaging Equipment, and Televisions. Award winners earned one star for each product category in which they committed to purchasing EPEAT registered products.
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EPEAT Clarification #30 Revision B:
Clarification #30 was revised to include an additional test procedure (RAL-UZ 205) as functionally equivalent with the calculation of emissions by RAL-UZ 122 as specified in 1680.2: criterion 184.108.40.206. This is in addition to RAL-UZ 171 which was previously found to be functionally equivalent to RAL-UZ 122.
EPEAT Clarification #40:
Participating EPEAT Manufacturers have requested an acceptable approach for using analytical test data that can be used to demonstrate conformance to 1680.1: Criterion 220.127.116.11. Draft Revision A of this Clarification went out for public comment in 2016. This Clarification reflects updates based on those comments. Due to changes in the Clarification, it must go through another 30-day comment period. Comments will be accepted from all interested stakeholders until March 23, 2017. At the end of the comment period, EPEAT will review the comments and communicate the effective date, as applicable. The Revision B of Clarification #40 may be found here and the link to provide public comments may be found here.
The Outcomes Report for Imaging Equipment Verification Round IE-2016-03 is now available. The Round included Level 0 and Level 1 investigations of Imaging Equipment criteria which had not been verified previously. Fifty-three investigations were completed. The Outcomes Report can be found here.
Clarification #38 relating to PCs and Displays criterion 18.104.22.168 now available
This Clarification #38 is regarding evidence required to prove recycling for cardboard and other fiber-based materials (i.e. derived from a natural fiber) in PC and Displays criterion 22.214.171.124. The Clarification can be found here. Please note there is a separate Clarification for the same PCs and Displays criterion 126.96.36.199 specifically regarding “market/use” that is currently out for an additional 30-day comment period.
Updated Clarification #32 relating to Imaging Equipment criteria 188.8.131.52, 184.108.40.206 and 220.127.116.11
Clarification #32 has been updated for Imaging Equipment criteria 18.104.22.168, 22.214.171.124 and 126.96.36.199. The biggest change is that Clarification approves for use additional Product Category Rules. Comments will be accepted from all interested stakeholders until March 6, 2017. The Clarification can be found here. To provide comments on the current draft click here.
Clarification #39 Open for Public Comment
The Green Electronics Council has incorporated comments from participating EPEAT Manufacturers on the first version of this Clarification and is now sending the clarification out for another 30-day comment period. EPEAT Manufacturers have requested clarity on what evidence is needed for PC/Display criterion 188.8.131.52 verification requirement b), which reads, “Demonstration that material is normally recyclable or, if not, that there exists a market/use.” In particular, numerous questions have arisen regarding how to prove there exists a market/use for packaging materials that are not considered “normally recyclable” per the IEEE 1680.1 standard. (Note: See Clarification #38 for guidance from the CDP on demonstration of materials being “normally recyclable”).
Comments will be accepted from all interested stakeholders until February 24, 2017. At the end of the comment period, EPEAT will review the comments and communicate the effective date, as applicable. The current draft of Clarification #39 and the link to provide comments may be found here. To provide comments on the current draft click here.
The 2017 EPEAT Verification Plan has had some minor adjustments to accommodate training for new EPEAT staff. EPEAT has added a Level 0 investigation phase to the existing schedule. Level 0 investigations do not require any effort on the part of EPEAT Participating Manufacturers. The updated 2017 EPEAT Verification Plan may be downloaded here. Specific verification round plans and reports will be available throughout the year on the primary Verification plans and reports webpage.
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