Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool

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The Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) is a system to help purchasers in the public and private sectors evaluate, compare and select desktop computers, notebooks and monitors based on their environmental attributes. EPEAT also provides a clear and consistent set of performance criteria for the design of products, and provides an opportunity for manufacturers to secure market recognition for efforts to reduce the environmental impact of its products.

In the EPEAT system, manufacturers add their products to the registry by declaring that the products meet (or don’t meet) individual criteria of IEEE 1680.  As with voluntary declaration programs, there is no verification of this declaration at the time the product is registered.  In order to maintain the credibility of the declarations, however, EPEAT conducts periodic audits.  EPEAT selects products from the registry and uses independent experts to verify that products actually meet the criteria as declared. The verification process may simply require the manufacturer to provide production, lab analysis, or other data, but may also entail EPEAT independently obtaining products and inspecting them—even performing detailed laboratory analysis or destructive disassembly.

To learn more about the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool, or to view their list of detailed criteria, visit its website at http://www.epeat.net/