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11 Aug 2009 05:08:03

EPEAT green product rating system given worldwide remit

EPEAT green product rating system given worldwide remit
Businesses and consumers looking for green information technology and telecommunications equipment are to benefit from the internationalisation of a leading standard.

Electronics makers in more than 40 countries will now be able to apply for their products to be registered by the EPEAT product rating system.

The international system, which was first setup in the US by the Green Electronics Council, already has one of the world's most extensive registry's, having rated more than 1,000 ICT products from 30 global manufacturers.

EPEAT intends to ensure that buyers are fully aware of the key environmental attributes of electronic products before they buy them.

In the US, the government has already bound all of its federal agencies to buy products registered with EPEAT for at least 95 percent of their requirements.

Jeff Omelchuck, executive director of the rating system, said: "Since launching EPEAT in 2006, we have been overwhelmed by the positive response from large purchasers, manufacturers and consumers across every sector of the global marketplace."

The system rates products in terms of 23 different environmental performance criteria before handing out its bronze award. Products attaining silver and gold ratings must meet an additional 28 requirements.



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