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EPEAT – EPEAT calls itself the “definitive global registry for greener electronics.” In addition to a searchable, global database of devices that meet EPEAT’s bronze, silver or gold standards for efficiency and environmental responsibility, the website also features sample purchase contracts, model policy language for the purchase of computers and displays, and subscription services that include a quarterly newsletter.
Summary: The new global alliance partners, known as Product Registration Entities, will help scale EPEAT’s verification efforts.
EPEAT, which runs a registry of green IT products that run the gamut from displays to notebook computers (sorry, no servers yet), has signed on four testing and certification organization to help scale its effort.
EPEAT stands for Electronic Products Environmental Asset Tool. Products listed by the directory have been tested or reviewed for a variety of criteria including power consumption, the materials and components used to make them, whether or not they can be recycled easily, the packaging used to transport them, and whether or not the manufacturer has a good system in place to dispose of the technology or to refurbish it responsibly at the end of its life.
The new partners include Dekra, Intertek, UL Environment and VDE. These Product Registration Entities can work directly with manufacturers to verify the status of products for the EPEAT registry. Full article
In March, the green electronics nonprofit EPEAT announced that Robert Frisbee would leave his gig raising money for the Oregon Sustainability Center and take the helm of the growing organization, which is dedicated to getting gadget makers to be more environmentally responsible.
Since taking over at EPEAT, Frisbee has been in high gear, striking partnerships with global organizations.
At six years old, EPEAT, a spinoff from the Zero Waste Alliance, had already grown to 50 member manufacturers who list more than 3,200 electronic products — including PCs and laptops — that have been verified across a number of factors as environmentally friendly.
Last week, representatives from four certification and testing organizations — DERKA, Intertek, UL Environment and VDE — were in town to work on a new partnership with EPEAT to extend the reach of its environmental product registry.
We caught up with Frisbee to find out more about these partnerships, what else we should know about EPEAT — Full article
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EPEAT® (www.epeat.net), the definitive global environmental rating system for electronics, today announced that four certification and testing organizations with global reputations for technical excellence – DEKRA, Intertek, UL Environment and VDE —will participate as trust providers in the EPEAT system. Following organizational on-boarding, these Product Registration Entities (PREs) – will work directly with manufacturers to register products in the EPEAT system and to verify their environmental attributes.
“Ramping up capacity through alliances with these superbly qualified organizations enables EPEAT to scale rapidly to meet demand for greener products around the globe, and supports the ongoing credibility of the EPEAT system,” said Robert Frisbee, EPEAT’s CEO, “We were fortunate to have highly qualified applicants for this role, and we couldn’t be more pleased with this initial group of partners.”
The PRE group announced today includes some of the most experienced certification and testing organizations in the world (see below). These organizations worked with EPEAT to flesh out the unique certification model laid out in IEEE 1680, which enables products to be registered against environmental performance criteria and strictly monitored after registration. Expanding oversight capacity as the system grows, maintaining stringent verification, and providing cost effective solutions are all keys to EPEAT’s next step toward global capability.
“In today’s complex global value chain, ongoing assessment is critical to the success of efforts to design more sustainable products and services,” said Jeff Omelchuck, EPEAT’s Executive Director of Registry Services, “Expanding the EPEAT system through this collaborative network will ensure effective support and surveillance of manufacturer and supplier claims in this very fast-changing market sector.”
As the PRE organizations come on line, EPEAT is evolving from a system where verification is centralized and performed by EPEAT to one where EPEAT global partners provide the direct link to subscribers for registration and verification. EPEAT, Inc. will increasingly focus on managing the network of PREs and promoting EPEAT to purchasers and consumers as an easy and reliable way to identify greener electronics.
“This is a great step forward in the resources we provide to purchasers and manufacturers to forward the goal of greener electronics. We are excited about this team, and look forward to ongoing expansion to meet global opportunities for a greener planet,” said Frisbee.
Participating PRE Organizations
DEKRA SE currently operates in more than 50 countries, with over 27,000 employees committed to ensuring long-term safety, quality and environmental protection. The DEKRA Business Units “Automotive”, “Industrial” and “Personnel” provide services in the fields of vehicle inspections, expert appraisals, international claims management, consulting, industrial testing, product testing, certification, environmental protection, qualification, and temporary work. In 2011 DEKRA generated sales totaling around 2 billion Euros.
“For an increasing number of purchasers in public authorities and companies, the environmental performance of a product is an important decision criterion”, explains Dr Gesa Köberle, Head of DEKRA Consulting GmbH. “To the extent that we confirm conformance with the
objective, transparent and strict EPEAT standards, we also support the expansion of the standard and ensuring manufacturers of green products are rewarded for their efforts in the marketplace”.
Contact: Tilman Vögele-Ebering +49 (7 11) 78 61 – 21 22 Tilman.Voegele-Ebering@dekra.com
Intertek is a leading provider of quality and safety solutions serving a wide range of industries around the world. From auditing and inspection, to testing, quality assurance and certification, Intertek people are dedicated to adding value to customers’ products and processes, supporting their success in the global marketplace. Intertek has the expertise, resources and global reach to support its customers through its network of more than 1,000 laboratories and offices and over 33,000 people in more than 100 countries around the world. Visit www.intertek.com
“Our customer’s marketplace is a combination of global and local requirements. Well known comprehensive environmental procurement specifications such as EPEAT have seen a significant global acceptance.” states Dr. Ruud Overbeek, Vice President of Intertek Health and Environment. “EPEAT’s recognition of Intertek as a global trust partner demonstrates our ongoing leadership and commitment to health and environment standards in the electrical and electronics markets.”
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UL Environment, a business unit of UL, works to advance global sustainability, environmental health, and safety by supporting the growth and development of environmentally preferable products, services and organizations. UL Environment helps companies achieve their sustainability goals – and help purchasers, specifiers, retailers, governments, and consumers find products they can trust. UL Environment offers environmental claim validations, multi-attribute product certifications, environmental product declarations, indoor air quality certification, product emissions testing, organizational sustainability certification, and consulting.
“UL takes great pride in its 117-year legacy of building trust in the global marketplace, so, naturally we are pleased to have been selected as a trust provider in the EPEAT system,” said Angela Griffiths, Ph.D., head of operations at UL Environment. “Third-party registration and verification of environmental claims, particularly in the electronics industry, is critical. We look forward to working with manufacturers of greener computers and electronic equipment to help them communicate their products’ environmentally-preferable attributes.”
Contact: Rachel Belew Public Relations + Communications +1 678 548 7889 RBelew@greenguard.org
VDE (Verband der Elektrotechnik, Elektronik, Informationstechnik e.V) Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies based in Germany operates the VDE Testing and Certification Institute as a well-known testing and certification body, internationally active for over 90 years, and accredited by multiple organizations worldwide. The VDE Institute provides premium services regarding safety, usability as well as EMC and operates a chemical lab, to cover environmental regulatory material requirements and the sustainability aspects of electronic products.
“We are proud to be able to work as a satellite PRE for EPEAT. It is a great opportunity for us and our customers and a great step forward in sustainable product evaluation methods. We are looking forward to the cooperation with EPEAT,” said Wilfried Jäger, Managing Director of the VDE Testing and Certification Institute.
Contact: Bernd.Franke@vde.com +49 69 8306-277
The addition of fully functioning “Product Registration Entities” to the EPEAT system is a huge step forward in creating a fully global network of certification, testing and surveillance to support the worldwide army of purchasers using EPEAT to identify and select greener electronic products.
EPEAT has been developing this networked certification and testing capacity for some time. We’re thrilled to see it come to fruition with this level of participant, and this range of global coverage, given the ever-increasing interest in and demand for our certification services worldwide.
The caliber of the organizations – DEKRA, Intertek, ULEnvironment and VDE – joining with us today to launch the pilot phase of the PRE model could not be higher. We’re thrilled to have developed a relationship and a set of collaborative processes that will expand EPEAT’s reach, offer manufacturer Subscribers more choice, and ensure adherence to and support for the stringent verification that underpins user confidence in the system.
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EPEAT® Subscriber and Qualified Verifier Training
May 21 – 24, 2012 Portland, OR USA
Hosted by EPEAT for Manufacturers, Suppliers, Consultants, Verifiers and Product Registration Entities
This course will teach the EPEAT® system and the IEEE 1680.1 standard for computers and computer displays, from product declaration through verification. The first two and a half days of training is intended for both subscribers and those involved in the verification process, and will highlight the standards, requirements for conformity, and product registration. The final day of training will focus on supplemental training for subscriber, qualified verifiers and others involved in the verification process, and will end with the EPEAT Certificate Examination. Delegates who successfully complete the full 3.5-day training and pass the certificate exam will be EPEAT-certificated to perform conformity assessment and verification.
For more information, please contact Andrea Desimone at 503-279-9383 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Manufacturers who take the course will be able to use the EPEAT environmental rating system. You will gain in-depth knowledge of the system operations and standard requirements. You will learn in detail the product declaration process; the product, service and corporate criteria; and the verification process.
Suppliers who participate will be able to assist customers to qualify products to the EPEAT standards. You will learn what proof is required for the different product criteria, and how to help manufacturers maintain supporting information for their product declaration.
Consultants who take the course will be competent to provide product registration and verification support services to manufacturers registering products in EPEAT. Upon passing the final exam, you will also be certified to perform verification within the EPEAT® system as an independent contractor working under the management of an organization that has been qualified as a Product Registration Entity (PRE).
Prospective EPEAT Verifiers who complete the course and pass the exam can use that certification to apply to work with an organization that conducts verifications to the IEEE 1680 family of standards. Qualified Verifiers are either employees or consultants who investigate the claims of manufacturers regarding their products against the requirements of the standards.
This training will provide valuable insight into EPEAT criteria, subscriber requirements and verification procedures.
May 21 – 23, 2012
The session will begin on Monday, May 21st with lunch at 12:00 noon followed by a half-day of training from 1:00 – 5:00pm. Training will run from 9:00am – 5:00pm on the 22nd and 23rd. Lunch and snacks will be provided.
The first 2.5 days of training will focus on both Subscribers and those involved in the verification process, and will highlight the standards, requirements for conformity, and product registration.
Topics will include:
May 24, 2012
9:00am – 11:30am: Supplemental training
12:00pm – 5:00pm: EPEAT Certification Examination
Lunch and snacks will be provided.
The final day of training will focus on supplemental training for Subscribers, Qualified Verifiers and others involved in the verification process, and will end with the EPEAT Certificate Examination.
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