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Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT)

  • By: Maia Gachechiladze-Bozhesku
  • In: Green Technology: An A-to-Z Guide
  • Edited by: Dustin Mulvaney
  • Subject:Environmental Sciences (general), Environmental Technology, Policy & Management

The Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) system ranks desktop computers, laptops, computer monitors, and workstations as bronze, silver, or gold. More electronics manufacturers are voluntarily joining the EPEAT system, and around 1,840 products in 40 countries are already EPEAT-registered.

An electronic product environmental assessment tool (EPEAT) is an evaluation and procurement tool that helps a buyer compare and select certain electronic products, taking into account their environmental characteristics. It sets out environmental criteria for examining desktop computers, laptops, computer monitors, workstations, and thin clients throughout their life cycles. Only those products whose environmental attributes conform to EPEAT's environmental criteria can be registered under it. Purchasing EPEAT-registered products results in various quantifiable benefits, for example, saving electricity, reducing the use of toxic materials, precluding disposal of ...

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