Environmental Protection & Preservation
Environmentally-friendly Computers Hit the Market
More than 60 desktop computers, laptops, and monitors from three manufacturers were recognized today as part of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency funded effort to identify high-performance, environmentally friendly computer equipment. All of the products unveiled today meet the new EPEAT "green" computer standard and they are listed online in the EPEAT database at www.epeat.net
Compared to traditional computer equipment, all EPEAT-registered computers have reduced levels of cadmium, lead, and mercury to better protect human health. They are more energy efficient, which reduces emissions of climate changing greenhouse gases. They are also easier to upgrade and recycle. In fact, manufacturers must offer safe recycling options for the products when they are no longer useable.
"EPEAT is a cutting edge, market-based tool that will push continuous improvement in environmental protection," said Jeff Scott, the EPA's waste division director for the Pacific Southwest region. "The environmental benefits of EPEAT are tremendous, from reducing toxics and packaging, to energy use, to end of life recycling. EPEAT helps close the loop on the growing impact computers have on our environment."
EPEAT products are identified as EPEAT-Bronze, EPEAT-Silver, or EPEAT-Gold depending on the number of optional environmental criteria incorporated in the product.
"EPEAT makes it possible for purchasers to identify and buy green computers, laptops, and monitors," said James Gulliford, Assistant Administrator for the Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances. "EPA's leadership in developing these new environmental standards has spurred the manufacturing of greener computers."
"This initial list of EPEAT-registered computers is just the tip of the iceberg," according to Jeff Omelchuck, Executive Director of the Green Electronics Council, which manages the EPEAT program. "Other manufacturers are currently redesigning and registering products. We're thrilled to see the race to the top as manufacturers compete to develop the greenest possible computers."
While EPEAT was originally designed to benefit large volume purchasers such as government agencies, private sector companies, and colleges and universities, EPEAT also makes it possible for individual consumers to review environmental considerations before making their own purchases.
Additional details on the EPEAT standard and the searchable database listing all EPEAT registered computer products is available online at www.epeat.net
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