EPEAT is a free and trusted source of environmental product ratings that makes it easy to select high-performance electronics that support organizations’ IT and sustainability goals. The system began in 2003 with a stakeholder process convened by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and has grown to become the definitive global environmental rating system for electronics. Managed by the Green Electronics Council, EPEAT currently tracks more than 4,400 products from more than 60 manufacturers across 43 countries.
The environmental criteria underlying the EPEAT system address the full product lifecycle, from design and production to energy use and recycling. EPEAT product assessment is based on ANSI-approved public standards developed through stakeholder consensus processes. Manufacturers’ claims of compliance are subject to ongoing verification by qualified certification bodies. Products found non-conformant are removed from the EPEAT registry to ensure Purchasers worldwide can use the system with confidence.
EPEAT currently includes product ratings for PCs and Displays (including tablets), Imaging Equipment (which includes printers, copiers, scanners and multifunction devices) and Televisions. Environmental leadership standards are currently under development with the intent to form the basis of future EPEAT categories for Mobile Phones, Servers and other electronic products. A non-fiduciary Advisory Council provides input and advice about EPEAT expansion and other relevant issues.