Indian Environment Network welcomes Green Electronics Council, USA as its newest Diamond Institutional Member. GEC's primary project is EPEAT, the definitive environmental rating system for electronics, which enables purchasers to identify and select 'greener' PCs, monitors, printers, copiers, TVs and more. EPEAT currently covers 42 countries - in April 2014 India will become the 43rd covered country.
All organizations, institutions and professionals in India are welcome to join this dedicated group and work with Green Electronics Council to make this world a more sustainable place.
About GEC (www.greenelectronicscouncil.org)
The Green Electronics Council was founded in 2005 to bring focus to the special issues of electronics and sustainability, and to find constructive paths forward. Soon after their founding they were selected by stakeholders to manage EPEAT, the definitive global rating system for greener electronics.
About EPEAT (www.epeat.net)
EPEAT® is the definitive global rating system for greener electronics. The EPEAT system combines strict, comprehensive criteria for design, production, energy use and recycling with ongoing independent verification of manufacturer claims.
The easy-to-use resource has helped enterprises, governments, resellers and consumers easily identify and purchase millions of environmentally preferable devices over the past seven years. EPEAT is used as an environmental purchasing requirement by eight national governments, including the United States, and thousands of purchasers worldwide.
Why do Purchasers Use EPEAT?
EPEAT helps purchasers of all types and sizes reduce the overall environmental impact of their electronics purchases. The system was designed with purchaser involvement and supports the “green” procurement efforts of enterprises, institutions, governments and consumers alike. And EPEAT’s searchable database includes thousands of PCs, monitors, printers, copiers and televisions from more than 50 manufacturers, more than any other environmental rating system.
Using the free EPEAT system, purchasers in more than 40 countries have access to easy-to-use search tools, intuitive product comparison features, plug-and-play model purchasing language and more. Buying energy efficient EPEAT products can help reduce energy costs, and recycling-related requirements can ease end of life disposition. In addition, EPEAT can also help organizations qualify for recognition by other environmental rating and certification programs.
Thousands of EPEAT Purchasers worldwide are already driving environmental improvement in electronics design by specifying EPEAT as a purchasing requirement. Read more about EPEAT purchasing at this web page.
Why do Manufacturers Participate?
More than 50 manufacturers that create environmentally preferable electronics have registered them with EPEAT, to build their reputation and sales potential among the thousands of purchasers who use EPEAT as a purchasing requirement. With EPEAT, brands can both demonstrate and profit from their commitment to developing technology with a reduced environmental impact.
EPEAT is open to manufacturers of all sizes and nationalities, so establishing an EPEAT specification need not disadvantage local suppliers, and multinational organizations can use a consistent specification across all their purchasing territories. The tiered (Bronze, Silver, Gold) rating system provides incentive for environmental performance while allowing for ease of entry.
Other Green Electronics Council Projects:
The Green Electronics Council spearheads multiple programs to inspire responsible environmental action in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). These initiatives have been designed to explore and advance the connections between electronics and sustainability. You can learn more about each program by browsing the tabs on the left.
To inspire responsible environmental action in the world of electronics, the Green Electronics Council has commissioned research to better understand the complex connections between electronics and sustainability.
GEC coordinates the development of standards for the EPEAT Registry through a voluntary, multi-stakeholder process.
GREEN ICT RESOURCE CENTER
The Green Electronics Council is exploring areas that are key to achieving sustainable ICT, and for which projects are underway or being developed.
Websites: http://www.epeat.net; http://greenelectronicscouncil.org/
India Contact: Sarah O’Brien
Please post your queries as a discussion and we will invite the staff and members of Green Electronics Council to answer your questions about supporting purchase of environmentally preferable electronics to reward those companies who are spearheading a Green and sustainable electronics Industry