EPEAT® Green Electronics Rating System Expands to Meet Demand

December 02, 2010

Portland, OR:  The EPEAT® electronic products environmental rating system today announced the next step in its remarkable global growth. To meet expanding demand for EPEAT product registration, the organization will engage with a network of leading environmental and technical certification, testing and standards groups around the globe to qualify products to the IEEE 1680 family of ‘green electronics’ standards and identify products as EPEAT Bronze, Silver or Gold.

EPEAT is the most extensive and influential green IT product rating system, with a registry of more than 3,200 environmentally preferable electronic products and 45 participating manufacturers , from global giants to small integrators, across 41 EPEAT countries.

EPEAT has signed an MOU with a group of technical and environmental assessment organizations -- listed with contact information below -- to launch a global network of trust providers that will offer participating manufacturers choice while maintaining, even increasing, the high credibility and consistency of the EPEAT registry. As the collaborative framework is finalized, additional groups are expected to join the network.

“This system builds on the remarkable strengths of EPEAT— rating based on consensus-based public standards, tiered rankings that encourage competition and continuous improvement, declaration accompanied by ongoing independent verification, and easy access to a single registry of qualified products,” said Jeff Omelchuck, EPEAT’ s Executive Director, “Yet it also opens the system to multiple participants who will work with us to broaden and strengthen the registration services available to manufacturers worldwide.”

EPEAT’s novel approach to environmental assessment continues to show its merit, by engaging dozens of manufacturers of all sizes and different nationalities and thousands of enterprise, government and individual purchasers worldwide in developing and rewarding more sustainable product design and delivery.

The new network will broaden the support services available to manufacturers by language, regional base and verification methods, while the central collaboration between the groups on technical, interpretive and verification issues will maintain consistency and quality assurance across the EPEAT system and around the globe.

Participating Organizations:  

Intertek (Global testing and certification organization)
Contact: Joel Pekay, Global Marketing and Business Development Director, +1 630-481-3126

Environment and Development Foundation (Environmental Certification/Labeling Organization, Taiwan)
Contact: Ning Yu, PhD., President (886)35916221

VDE Testing and Certification Institute (Int’l Testing and Certification body, Germany)
Contact: Mr. Bernd Franke +49 69 8306 - 830

China Electronic Standardization Institute (Standards and Certification body, China)
Contact: Ms. Yutao YANG +86-10-84029461

Industrial Technology Research Institute/Beautiful Life Education Foundation (Certification and testing organization, environmental foundation partnership, Taiwan) Contact: Mr. Hsieh-Chen MA +886-3-5743870

EPEAT® (www.epeat.net)
EPEAT® is the definitive global registry for greener electronics, covering the most products from the broadest range of manufacturers. Only EPEAT combines comprehensive, objective criteria for design, production, energy use and recycling with ongoing independent verification of manufacturer claims after registration. With more than 3,200 products from 45 manufacturers registered in 41 countries, EPEAT has rapidly become the most comprehensive green electronics registry in existence.  More information at www.epeat.net .

Intertek (www.intertek.com)
Intertek is a leading provider of quality and safety solutions, serving a wide range of industries around the world with services from auditing and inspection, to testing, quality assurance and certification. Intertek has the expertise, resources and global reach to support its customers through its network of more than 1,000 laboratories and offices and over 26,000 people in more than 100 countries around the world.

“Our customer’s marketplace is a combination of global and local requirements. Well known comprehensive environmental procurement specifications such as EPEAT have seen a significant global acceptance,” states Dr. Ruud Overbeek, Vice President of Intertek Health and Environment. “EPEAT’s recognition of Intertek as a global trust partner demonstrates our ongoing leadership and commitment to health and environment standards in the electrical and electronics markets.” 

For more information about Intertek's EPEAT services, please visit: http://www.intertek.com/green/epeat.