CII-GEC launched “EPEAT” environmental rating systems for electronics
CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development along with US based the Green Electronics Council launched Indian debut of the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) environmental-rating system for electronics.
The Green Electronics Council is a U.S-based non-profit organization that manages the EPEAT system.
EPEAT ratings have been benefiting environments by helping companies, governments and consumers around the world compare and buy devices with comparably less environment cost.
India is the 43rd country in which EPEAT registration and verification services are now available to help consumers select products that reduce their environmental impact.
EPEAT, which is an acronym for “Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool,” rates products on a lifecycle basis. The system addresses the elimination of toxic substances, the use of recycled and recyclable materials, product design for recycling, product longevity, energy efficiency, corporate performance and packaging attributes, as well as requiring manufacturer responsibility for collection and responsible recycling of all registered devices. Manufacturers must register their products in EPEAT on a country-by-country basis to ensure all product and service criteria are supported and verified for local markets.
Currently, the EPEAT system rates PCs and Displays, Televisions and Imaging Equipment (printers, copiers, scanners etc.), with standards for Servers and Mobile Phones in development. At present, India registrations include Desktops, Notebooks, Workstations, Thin Clients and Displays. Devices will be continually added to the Registry as they are deemed compliant with EPEAT’s environmental requirements.