Working towards a world with greener electronic products

Electronic products have a negative effect on the environment and people's livelihoods around the globe. DEKRA and EPEAT, the green electronics rating organization, have recently launched a unique strategic partnership to respond to this situation. The two companies will use their complimentary strengths to support global adoption - both by purchasers and by manufacturers - of the EPEAT evaluation system for environmentally preferable electronic products.

Nowadays, many purchasing departments - both private corporations and public entities - make product environmental performance a condition for doing business. Objective, rigorous standards, with comprehensive performance criteria, help manufacturers meet their purchasing goals while ensuring that they are rewarded by customers for their achievements in terms of corporate social responsibility.

Unique global registry

EPEAT- the global registry for greener electronics - is an easy-to-use web-based resource (http://www.epeat.net/) for purchasers, manufacturers, resellers and others wanting to find or promote environmentally preferable products. Already more than 3,200 electronic products have been registered. These are made by 48 participating manufacturers, from global giants to small integrators, across 41 countries. Products are rated Bronze, Silver or Gold in the system, based on assessment against a total of 51 environmental criteria. These include the elimination of toxic materials, design for recycling, extended product longevity, increased energy efficiency, and the availability of take-back and recycling services.

EPEAT uniquely combines comprehensive criteria for design, production, energy use and recycling with ongoing independent verification of manufacturers' claims. More than 80 million EPEAT registered products were sold in 2009, resulting in reductions of 2 million metric tons of greenhouse gases. This is equivalent to taking 1.37 million US cars off the road for a year, eliminating 29,000 metric tons of solid waste - that's the annual volume produced by 15,000 US households - and enough mercury to fill 372,000 fever thermometers.

The system currently rates computers - desktops, laptops, thin clients and workstations - and computer monitors based on the IEEE 1680 family of public standards. IEEE 1680 Imaging Equipment and Television standards are under development and EPEAT coverage of more product categories is expected in 2012.

Our role in the partnership
As a strategic partner, DEKRA will provide a network of local EPEAT experts in Europe, China, and South America and help train electronics manufacturers and suppliers, purchasers and others. EPEAT will train DEKRA staff, enabling them to integrate EPEAT content into their sustainability and health and safety consulting work. The idea is to get more purchasers and manufacturers to use the system to support their business decisions.

The time is now
Now that demand for transparency and accountability in the design, production and end-of-life management of electronics is growing worldwide, this partnership between DEKRA and EPEAT couldn't come at a better time.

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