EPEAT now includes printers and copiers

EPEAT now includes printers and copiers

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

The Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT), a global registry for greener electronics, has expanded to include printers, copiers and other imaging equipment.

The registry's initial focus has been on PCs and displays and has been used by companies, government entities and consumers to make more environmentally-friendly decisions when purchasing electronics. Included in the criteria considered when adding a product to the registry is the use of recycled and recyclable materials, a product's design for recycling, product longevity and other factors.

The EPEAT registry now includes imaging equipment from seven manufacturers: Canon, Dell, Epson, HP, Lexmark, Ricoh and Xerox. Two additional manufacturers, Konica Minolta and Samsung, have begun the process of registering products with EPEAT. According to EPEAT, the nine manufacturers represent at least 80 percent of the global market for copiers, printers, scanners and multifunction devices.

"Increasingly, people want to purchase products that have strong environmental attributes, and EPEAT does a nice job of summarizing those attributes in PCs, monitors, and now printers, copiers and scanners," said Judy Glazer, Senior Director of HP's Printing and Personal Systems Social and Environmental Responsibility Organization, in a prepared statement.

To be added to the EPEAT registry, an imaging device must meet at least 33 required environmental performance criteria. Products may achieve higher ratings by meeting up to 26 additional optional criteria. The rating criteria were developed during a four-year stakeholder consensus process that involved hundreds of representatives from the environmental, research, governmental and manufacturing sectors.

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