EPEAT® Green Electronics Environmental Rating System Expands to Meet Demand

Announces collaborative engagement with international environmental standards and testing organizations

PORTLAND, Ore.--()--The EPEAT® electronic products environmental rating system today announced the next step in its remarkable global growth. To meet expanding demand for EPEAT product registration, the organization will engage with a network of leading environmental and technical certification, testing and standards groups around the globe to qualify products to the IEEE 1680 family of ‘green electronics’ standards and identify products as EPEAT Bronze, Silver or Gold.

EPEAT is the most extensive and influential environmental rating system for electronics, with more than 3,200 environmentally preferable electronic products registered across 41 EPEAT countries, and 45 participating manufacturers, from global giants to small integrators.

EPEAT has signed an MOU with a group of technical and environmental assessment organizations -- listed with contact information below -- to launch a global network of trust providers that will offer participating manufacturers choice while maintaining, even increasing, the high credibility and consistency of the EPEAT green electronics registry. As the collaborative framework is finalized, additional environmental service and certification groups are expected to join the network.

“This system builds on the remarkable strengths of EPEAT— environmental rating based on consensus-based public standards, tiered rankings that encourage competition and continuous improvement, declaration accompanied by ongoing independent verification, and easy access to a single registry of qualified products,” said Jeff Omelchuck, EPEAT’s Executive Director, “Yet it also opens the system to multiple participants who will work with us to broaden and strengthen the product registration services available to electronics manufacturers worldwide.”

The new network will broaden the support services available to manufacturers by language, regional base and verification methodology, while the central collaboration between the groups on technical, interpretive and verification issues will maintain consistency and quality assurance across the EPEAT system and around the globe.

Participating Organizations:

Intertek (Global testing and certification organization) Contact: Joel Pekay, Global Marketing and Business Development Director, +1 630-481-3126

Environment and Development Foundation (Environmental Certification/Labeling Organization, Taiwan) Contact: Dr. Ning Yu, PhD., President (886)35916221

VDE Testing and Certification Institute (Int’l Testing and Certification body, Germany) Contact: Bernd.Franke@vde.com +49 69 8306 - 830

China Electronic Standardization Institute (Standards and Certification body, China) Contact: Ms. Yutao YANG +86-10-84029461

China Environmental United Certification Center (Certification and Ecolabeling body, China) Contact: Ms.Ying LI +86-10-59205858

Industrial Technology Research Institute/Beautiful Life Education Foundation (Partnership: testing/certification organization, environmental NGO, Taiwan) Contact: Mr. Hsieh-Chen MA +886-3-5743870

EPEAT is the definitive global registry for greener electronics, covering the most products from the broadest range of manufacturers. Only EPEAT combines comprehensive, objective criteria for design, production, energy and materials use and recycling with ongoing independent verification of manufacturer claims following registration. With more than 3,200 products from more than 45 manufacturers registered in 41 countries, EPEAT has rapidly become the most comprehensive and credible green electronics registry in existence.

Contacts

EPEAT
Sarah O’Brien, +1 802-479-0317
Outreach and Communications
sarah.obrien@greenelectronicscouncil.org

Release Summary

EPEAT(R) green electronics environmental rating system announces a collaboration with global technical and environmental assessment groups to expand product registration capacity.

Contacts

EPEAT
Sarah O’Brien, +1 802-479-0317
Outreach and Communications
sarah.obrien@greenelectronicscouncil.org