EPEAT 2.0: A Report from the Green Electronics Council about the First Stages

Seven years ago, a diverse group of stakeholders convened to determine a way to use market forces to advance the development of greener electronics. The result of this exercise was the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool, or EPEAT.

The EPEAT system was comprised of four core elements: an environmental leadership standard, a mechanism for brands to register their electronic products based on meeting the standards’ environmental performance criteria, a rigorous verification system for registered products, and a searchable database enabling purchasers to intuitively identify and compare registered devices.

In early 2014, the Green Electronics Council embarked on an initiative called “EPEAT 2.0.” This process, actively supported by all stakeholders, reflects GEC’s efforts to ensure EPEAT maintains its relevance, leadership and practicality amid the system’s worldwide adoption and expansion into new product categories.

EPEAT 2.0 represents the first step in an ongoing process of improvements to continue meeting stakeholders’ needs in the evolving world of electronics design and procurement. GEC has spent 2014 gathering, reconciling and analyzing feedback from Manufacturers, Purchasers and Non-Governmental Organizations.

Data and insights have been gathered using in-person meetings, virtual discussions, professional surveys and one-on-one feedback. This 17-page report summarizes the findings of these efforts.