[UPDATE: EPEAT registration is available for India as of January 29, 2014. Future entries will provide further detail.]
EPEAT does not currently support product registrations for India. The Green Electronics Council has received an application to add India to the EPEAT Registry and, consistent with EPEAT policies and practices, is seeking public input on that request, including the advice of the Advisory Council.
During the past several years, the Green Electronics Council has received various inquiries about the EPEAT Registry in India. More recently, staff has learned that seven tenders to purchase PCs from government bodies in India have required or preferred EPEAT Gold products. However, EPEAT guidelines on the use of the EPEAT name and marks require that manufacturers not identify their products as EPEAT registered in countries where they are not. As a result, no manufacturers can respond to the EPEAT requirement in the government tenders, even those whose products might meet all the environmental criteria in India.
A current EPEAT participating manufacturer and a very large enterprise purchaser of IT equipment in India recently filed an application to add a registry for India. In performing our due diligence, staff has learned:
- The Indian government is considering adopting policies for green procurement and has no specific plans for how they might identify greener electronics. There is an opportunity for EPEAT to provide an internationally accepted system for identifying green electronics and prevent the creation of another set of green requirements
- Supporting EPEAT registrations in India is supported by major organizations representing Indian industry, including the Confederation of Indian Industry and Center for Responsible Business
- Adding India to the EPEAT Registry is supported by several major electronics industry players
- India has adequate national e-waste laws and capacity. India’s Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) introduced the “e-waste (Management and Handling) Rules 2011”, which came into effect on May 1, 2012 (see this document). These Rules include Extended Producers’ Responsibility (EPR) for recycling, reducing levels of hazardous substances in the management of e-wastes, and establishing collection schemes and centers
- Working with several stakeholders that are knowledgeable about India, staff has identified no legal or regulatory barriers
- As an exercise, a major current subscriber successfully completed Desk Review with EPEAT staff to assure that they could meet the necessary EPEAT requirements in India for end-of-life, recycler auditing, battery take-back, etc.
- Two current PREs have operations in India and are prepared and interested in providing PRE services for declarations made there
- EPEAT staff is prepared to support Indian PREs and subscribers with the necessary training
Proposed Next Steps
The Green Electronics Council is considering the following schedule for adding India to the EPEAT Registry:
- 1 Nov 2013 – Open public comment period, seek Advisory Council advice
- 1 Dec 2013 – Public comment period closes
- 4 Dec. 2013 – Advisory Council meeting in which members may provide input
- 1 Jan 2014 – EPEAT announces decision and planned schedule
- 1 Feb 2014 – EPEAT registrations in India are made available to manufacturers to begin registering products, but those registrations are not made visible to the public. Because declarations for India will be new to the EPEAT system, all declarations for India will be subject to Desk Review by the manufacturer’s chosen PRE.
- 1 Apr 2014 – EPEAT registrations in India are made visible to the public