PORTLAND, Ore.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--The IEEE 1680 standards that will form the basis of EPEAT Imaging Equipment and Television environmental ratings are moving toward final approval after three years of intensive stakeholder work. More than 75% of IEEE voters gave the draft standards a positive vote, in an important step toward publication and implementation later in 2012.
“This remarkable accomplishment is the culmination of hard work by hundreds of stakeholders, and is eagerly awaited by tens of thousands of buyers around the globe”
“This remarkable accomplishment is the culmination of hard work by hundreds of stakeholders, and is eagerly awaited by tens of thousands of buyers around the globe,” said EPEAT CEO Robert Frisbee. “EPEAT implementation of these standards will create enormous incentive for design and delivery of environmentally preferable products in these new categories.”
EPEAT is the definitive environmental rating scheme for electronic products. Forty eight participating manufacturers currently register over 2800 ‘greener’ PC and display products across 42 covered countries. EPEAT ratings are based on criteria addressing design, production, energy use, product longevity and recycling, and backed up with ongoing, independent verification of manufacturer claims.
Nearly 500 million EPEAT registered products have been purchased since July 2006. Purchase contracts in place that require EPEAT exceed $65 billion. EPEAT registered product sales have resulted in remarkable environmental benefits, including solid waste reductions equivalent to 58,000 US households’ annual waste, and elimination of enough mercury to equal a million fever thermometers. Implementing the new standards will more than double EPEAT’s market reach, and TV coverage will increase the system’s potential for use in the consumer market.
“The power of the EPEAT idea has proven itself far beyond initial expectations,” said Wayne Rifer, EPEAT Director of Standards and Training. “And with these new standards moving toward finalization, EPEAT’s scope and influence are poised to expand still more.”
EPEAT has repositioned to meet market demand with increased staffing, addition of strategic leadership, and partnerships with some of the world’s leading certification bodies. Global government and purchaser interest continue to drive development of new partnerships and coverage. In recent months the organization increased Latin American coverage by adding Costa Rica, and engaged with Chinese government agencies to begin to collaboratively address the Chinese market. Additional changes will follow as forward progress of the Imaging and Television standards unleashes billions of dollars in additional purchasing power motivated by EPEAT.