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epeat 101

EPEAT® 101

Jeff Omelchuck

Green Electronics Council

  • What is EPEAT®
  • Who uses EPEAT®
  • How was it developed
  • How does it function
  • Where is it going
  • Website orientation – search functionality, purchaser resources, benefits calculator, etc
  • Q&A
what is epeat
What is EPEAT®?

Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool

An environmental procurement tool designed to help IT purchasers address environmental concerns in their purchasing process for electronic products. Today the system covers laptops, desktops, and monitors and is in the process of expanding to include Imaging Equipment (printers/scanners/etc.) and TVs.

Guidance for Purchasers

guidance for manufacturers
Guidance for Manufacturers

What is EPEAT®?

EPEAT provides clear and consistent performance criteria for the design of products and related services and provides an opportunity for manufacturers to secure market recognition for efforts to reduce the environmental impacts of their products.

a product rating system
A Product Rating System
  • EPEAT is not a company performance assessment. A single manufacturer may have EPEAT Gold, Silver, Bronze and unrated products.
  • Applies only to complete computers – not components, not data centers
  • Purchasers’ focus – products that improve their own organization’s environmental performance
why start with pcs
Why Start with PCs ?

Printers (6%)

LAN & Office Telecoms (7%)

Mobile Telecoms (9%)

PCs and Monitors (39%) (excluding embodied energy)

Fixed-Line Telecoms (15%)

Servers, including cooling (23%)

ICT accounts for approximately 2% of global CO2 emissions.

Thanks to Gartner Intl for this information and analysis


Some Purchasers Using EPEAT

  • National Governments:
    • USA (approx $65 billion in contracts citing EPEAT) NASA, DOD, EPA, DHS, DOE, DOI, GSA, now in Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR Subpart 23.7).
    • Canadian Federal Government Master Agreement
    • New Zealand Environmental Ministry, Govt. of Thailand, Govt. of Singapore
  • Private Sector:
    • Kaiser Permanente, HSBC, Premier Inc., McKesson, Marriott International, Deloitte, Tesco
  • Cities:
    • San Francisco, Phoenix, AZ, San Jose, CA, Vancouver, BC, Seattle, WA, Portland OR, Los Angeles County, Culver City, CA, Providence RI, Keene NH
  • States/Provinces:
    • California, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Oregon, Washington, Wisconsin, Provinces of Nova Scotia, Ontario,Quebec
  • Higher Ed: Cornell, Yale, University of California system

More purchaser information at www.epeat.net/RFP.aspx

sample contract language
Sample Contract Language

For desktops, laptops and monitors:

The Government reserves the right to require or otherwise provide preference on contractor solutions that include specific models of desktop computers, notebooks and monitors qualified through the Electronics Products Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) or its successor.

For forthcoming printing and imaging equipment:

[DEPARTMENT/AGENCY] reserves the right to require, via upcoming technology refreshes to this contract, products meeting the upcoming IEEE 1680.2 Standard for the Environmental Assessment of Imaging Equipment, and/or the IEEE 1680.3 Standard for the Environmental Assessment of Televisions once these standards are final and publicly available. The Contractor shall be responsible for ensuring equipment meets the latest EPEAT registration requirements before it is delivered. The registration requirements and a list of all equipment meeting the requirements will be available at: www.epeat.net.

At the time that these new IEEE standards are final, suppliers will be required to provide quarterly reports quantifying the number of EPEAT registered products purchased under this contract.

epeat development
EPEAT Development

Developed in a 3-year multi-stakeholder process supported by US EPA to address difficulty with “green computer” sourcing

Extensive engagement of:

Environmental advocacy groups

Manufacturers, Technical Experts, Recyclers

Private and public purchasers

Consensus achieved on environmental criteria and the EPEAT system

Board of Advisors from all stakeholder groups

EPEATis developed and guided by all stakeholders

the epeat system
Standard comprised of 51 environmental performance criteria (IEEE Standard 1680 for the Environmental Assessment of Personal Computer Products)

System for identifying and verifying products that meet these criteria (EPEAT Registry at www.epeat.net)

Environmental Benefits Calculator to assess (or project) benefits from purchasing EPEAT

The EPEATSystem
epeat environmental criteria
Criteria Categories

Environmentally Sensitive Materials

Materials Selection

Design for End of Life

Product Longevity/Life Cycle Extension

Energy Conservation

End of Life Management

Corporate Performance


EPEAT Environmental Criteria

23 required and 28 optional criteria

key required criteria
Key Required Criteria

Most recent ENERGY STAR standard

RoHS compliance

Availability of OEM takeback and recycling

Min. 65% recyclable/reusable

Upgradeable with common tools

Extended warranty available

Elimination of toxic metals in packaging

Company EMS, policy and reporting

epeat tiers

EPEAT Bronze

– Meets all 23 mandatory criteria

EPEAT Silver

– Meets all mandatory criteria

and at least 50% of the optional criteria


– Meets all mandatory criteria and

at least 75% of the optional criteria

epeat registered products
EPEAT Registered Products

As of 05/11/09. See www.epeat.net for current numbers.


2007 EPEAT Environmental Benefits

109+ million EPEAT qualified products sold worldwide

For calculation tool, add’l benefits info, see www.epeat.net/FastBenefits.aspx

ways for it providers to participate
Ways for IT Providers to Participate

Brand Owner (“manufacturer” / “integrator”)

Registers their branded products in EPEAT

Is responsible for proving that their products meet the standard. Must support EPEAT technical verification.

Signs legal contract with EPEAT

Pays annual fee to EPEAT


Sell products that a “brand owner” has registered in EPEAT

Signs simple agreement with EPEAT

Minimal cost

Recognized on web site

32 participating manufacturers
32 Participating Manufacturers



Arquimedes Automatacao



Corporativo Lanix






General Dynamics Itronix


Hewlett Packard

Howard Technology Solutions

Hyundai IT America

  • Lenovo
  • LG Electronics
  • M&A Technology
  • MDG Computers
  • NCS Technologies
  • NEC Display Solutions
  • Northern Micro
  • Panasonic
  • Philips Electronics
  • Positivo Informatica
  • Samsung
  • Sony Electronics
  • Toshiba
  • TPV
  • Transource
  • Viewsonic

As of 05/11/2009. See www.epeat.net/Companies.aspx for current list.

epeat product verification process
EPEAT Product Verification Process
  • Product declaration with verification:
  • Manufacturers/Brand Owners:
    • Sign legal agreement to participate
    • Register products as meeting specific criteria
    • Must have specific verification evidence for all criteria
  • Products routinely verified:
    • Random timing, no advance notice
    • Conformance decided by independent panel
    • Results published, total transparency

For more information and Verification Round Reports, see


epeat partner programs
EPEAT Partner Programs
  • Programs designed to deliver EPEAT info/assistance
  • to point of purchase; make it easy to use and comply
  • Reseller Partners - commit to provide EPEAT
  • information and support, access EPEAT assistance
  • and information, recognition
  • Distributor Partners Provide product info and
  • training on EPEAT to the channel
  • Purchasing Partners and Champions – commit to
  • purchase EPEAT products, report annually on
  • purchasing
epeat partners
EPEAT Partners

30 Active Partner Resellers, including:

3 Active Partner Distributors:

Purchasing Champions include:

partner services data feed
Partner Services: Data Feed

EPEAT provides partners an up-to-the-second accurate snapshot of the EPEAT registry

Partners use this to identify EPEAT registered products in their “catalogs”

Commercial data publishers and distributors also use this data feed to identify EPEAT registered products

Product data publishers: CBS Interactive (formerly CNET Channel), Channel Intelligence

Product Distributors: Ingram Micro, Synnex, TechData

EPEAT registered products are identified via product technical specs or EPEAT logos in thousands of on-line retailers and shopping engines

epeat expansion
EPEAT Expansion

New Product Standards (through IEEE)

Process is open to all interested parties

Printers/Imaging devices (underway)

TVs (underway)

Update of PC & Monitor Standard (begin fall 2009)

Servers (Expected to start development 2010)

Mobile devices – cell phones, PDAs

Internationalization – Country-specific registry available in July, 38 countries

Increasing Public Visibility – Exploring rebranding for consumer market, increased retailer partnerships

Green Electronics Council

Purchasers and Partner Programs

Sarah O’Brien

EPEAT Outreach and Communications



Manufacturers/Brand Owners

Jeff Omelchuck

Executive Director