HDTVs Meet Environmental Standards, Make EPEAT Debut

April 2, 2013 – EPEAT®, the definitive global registry for greener electronics, today expanded its product categories to include environmental ratings for televisions. This marks the first time a comprehensive standard has been available for governments, institutional purchasers and consumers to identify environmentally preferable televisions, including HDTVs and Smart TVs.

The EPEAT registry now includes registered televisions from LG Electronics and Samsung. These pioneering manufacturers together account for more than one-third of global TV shipments and revenues.

To be added to the EPEAT registry, a television must meet at least 24 required environmental performance criteria. Products may achieve higher ratings by meeting up to 29 additional optional criteria. The rating criteria were developed during a four-year consensus process that involved hundreds of representatives from the environmental, manufacturing, research, recycling and government sectors.

“I commend these pioneering manufacturers for exhibiting leadership and meeting EPEAT’s environmental standards,” said Robert Frisbee, EPEAT CEO. “Purchasers worldwide can now identify and procure great TV technology that’s environmentally preferable as well.”

Wayne Park, President and CEO of LG Electronics USA, said, “As a long-time EPEAT partner for computer monitors, we recognize the value of this important program in educating consumers about sustainable products. LG is proud to be among the first to meet EPEAT’s new TV criteria for listings on the definitive global registry for greener electronics.”

EPEAT rates products on a lifecycle basis, addressing the elimination of toxic substances, the use of recycled and recyclable materials, their design for recycling, product longevity, energy efficiency, corporate performance and packaging, among other attributes.

For more than six years, EPEAT ratings have helped companies, governments and consumers compare and purchase greener PCs and monitors, resulting in significant environmental benefits. In 2013, EPEAT’s product scope is expanding substantially. The addition of TVs comes less than two months after the registry expanded to include printers, copiers and other imaging equipment. Much as PCs, displays and imaging equipment have been added over the months and years, additional TVs will join the registry as they meet EPEAT’s environmental criteria.

“I’m proud that my district is home to this organization that is making such a difference, not just in the U.S., but around the world. The federal government is leading by example by embracing EPEAT standards for greener electronics, and I’m eager to see the positive impact of the expanded EPEAT registry,” said U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer (D – Ore.). “EPEAT’s success shows that an incentive-based approach can move markets and that diverse stakeholders working together can be true catalysts for change.”

EPEAT’s original PC/Display rating system is used as an environmental requirement by eight national governments, including the United States, and thousands of purchasers worldwide. Purchase contracts that require EPEAT registration exceed $65 billion. More than 50 manufacturers have registered their greener PCs, monitors, copiers, printers, multifunction devices and now TVs in more than 40 countries. More than 533 million EPEAT-registered products have been purchased since the registry debuted in July 2006.

Since 2006, purchasers choosing EPEAT-registered electronics over products that don’t meet the system’s criteria have eliminated greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 11 million U.S. vehicles’ annual impact, avoided more than 394,000 metric tons of hazardous waste and reduced solid waste by nearly 167,000 metric tons – equivalent to  nearly 86,000 U.S. households’ annual waste.

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