EPEAT switches on new TV registry
By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling
HDTVs and Smart TVs are now covered by the EPEAT registry according to an announcement April 2 from the green electronics ratings organization.
Launching with 53 models from LG and 71 from Samsung, these types of TVs must meet at least two dozen separate environmental performance criteria to be included in the registry. Higher ratings can be awarded to televisions that meet an additional 29 criteria.
Based on the IEEE 1680.3 specifications for televisions, the new criteria were developed over the past four years with the input from hundreds of stakeholders in the consumer electronics, government, research, recycling and environmental sectors. EPEAT's HDTV and Smart TV specifications cover materials selection in product design, the use of environmentally-sensitive materials, design for end-of-life, product longevity, energy use, end-of-life management procedures, broader company performance and packaging.
"As a long-time EPEAT partner for computer monitors, we recognize the value of this important program in educating consumers about sustainable products," said LG Electronics USA president and CEO Wayne Park. "LG is proud to be among the first to meet EPEAT's new TV criteria for listings on the definitive global registry for greener electronics."
The addition of HD televisions and Smart TVs is the latest product expansion for EPEAT, which recently rolled out product ratings for printers and imaging equipment. Since the green electronics rating system debuted in 2006, over 533 million EPEAT-registered products have been sold around the world.