The Managed Print Services (MPS) market has a new resource to identify and procure environmentally preferable printing devices, as PrinTree and EPEAT® today announced PrinTree is the first EPEAT Channel Partner focused on Imaging Equipment. EPEAT, the definitive global rating system for greener electronics, launched an Imaging Equipment category in February.
The EPEAT registry includes print fleet imaging products such as printers, imaging and multi-function devices. To be added to the EPEAT registry, an imaging device must meet at least 33 required environmental performance criteria, including Energy Star compliance. Products may achieve higher ratings by meeting up to 26 additional optional criteria.
PrinTree, an independent MPS provider based in Los Angeles, combines print management expertise with access to products, support and services from major equipment manufacturers. Its clients avoid the upfront burdensome analysis and research of buying and managing print devices, particularly with their environmental sustainability goals top of mind.
As EPEAT’s first Imaging Equipment Channel Partner, PrinTree offers clients a transparent, independent and single-source avenue for acquiring the most environmentally preferable printing equipment. The partnership with EPEAT complements PrinTree’s existing print management Schedule 36 for its public sector clients.
“PrinTree values having environmental standards for high-performance electronics, and I applaud their commitment to promote imaging devices that meet those criteria,” said Robert Frisbee, EPEAT CEO. “I look forward to supporting PrinTree as they help their clients identify and purchase greener imaging equipment.”
EPEAT is a purchasing requirement for U.S. federal agencies and is integrated into hundreds of government, education, healthcare and enterprise IT contracts worldwide.
“We are honored to be the first EPEAT Channel Partner focused on Imaging Equipment,” said Aaron Collins, PrinTree CEO. “This EPEAT affiliation synergistically strengthens our multiple-brand, vendor-neutral value proposition to meet our clients’ needs.”
“Our print management solution, from day one, was designed to be a leader in environmental sustainability,” added Mary-Rose Nguyen, PrinTree COO. “Being EPEAT’s first Imaging Equipment Channel Partner validates our rigorous approach and agnostic advice that our clients highly value.”
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 criteria. As with all environmental standards on which EPEAT ratings are based, the criteria for Imaging Equipment were developed during an extensive stakeholder consensus process that involved hundreds of representatives from the environmental, manufacturing, research, recycling and government sectors.
Over their lifetime, the 533 million EPEAT-registered electronics purchased globally since 2006 will deliver significant environmental benefits. Compared to products not meeting EPEAT criteria, these electronics will result in the reduction of more than 394,000 metric tons of hazardous waste, the elimination of enough mercury to fill 2.3 million fever thermometers, and will reduce solid waste by the equivalent of nearly 86,000 U.S. households’ annual waste. These lifecycle benefits and others are calculated using the Electronics Environmental Benefits Calculator, developed under a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
PrinTree is an emerging leader in providing managed print services (MPS) to commercial and public sector clients. Its brand-neutral solution separates MPS strategies from hardware asset decisions. Advisory Services, Eco Services, and Performance Monitoring Services compliment the company’s Core MPS solution. Together, this synergistic suite is designed to help clients maximize their print fleet investment and manage their vendor supply chain. PrinTree is a privately held minority owned business located in Los Angeles, California.