Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT ) is a comprehensive environmental rating that helps identify greener computers and other electronic equipment.
The EPEAT system was conceived and developed through the collaboration of stakeholders from the business, advocacy, government and academic arenas
EPEAT is used by hundreds of companies, universities and government agencies in dozens of countries. Its rigorous requirements and searchable product database let buyers bypass marketing hype and confusing specifications.
For participating manufacturers, EPEAT is a chance to showcase and validate greener designs and cleaner production.
EPEAT is a powerful tool for enhancing the sustainability performance of virtually any organization.
EPEAT®-registered electronic products meet environmental measures referred to as criteria. All of the criteria used in EPEAT are based on ANSI-approved public standards, which provide technical details for every criterion and specify how a manufacturer must demonstrate compliance.*
How products qualify for EPEAT
Products are measured against both required and optional criteria. A product must meet all of the required criteria in its category to be added to the registry It is then rated :
Depending on how many of the optional criteria it meets
What the criteria cover
EPEAT criteria reflect several categories of environmental attributes that cover the full lifecycle of electronic products. The “PC and Displays,” “Imaging Equipment,” and “Televisions” standards address:
Reduction/elimination of environmentally sensitive materials
1. Compliance with provisions of EU Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive upon its effective date
2. Elimination of intentionally added cadmium
3. Reporting on amount of mercury used in light sources
4. Low threshold for amount of mercury used in light sources
5. Elimination of intentionally added mercury used in light