EPEAT heads to India

EPEAT heads to India

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Feb. 14, 2014

The global electronic product rating system EPEAT is coming to India, the Green Electronics Council (GEC) announced last week.

India will become the 43rd country to incorporate the EPEAT system into the manufacture and marketing of new electronics. The country's electronics manufacturers are currently in the process of registering products with the standard.

According to GEC, the group responsible for administering the EPEAT standard, purchasers spent $9.5 billion on "computing hardware" in 2013. By 2016 information and communications technology spending will reach $14.3 billion.

"Participation in EPEAT’s globally recognized environmental rating program will support Indian manufacturers’ ability to reap market rewards in both internal and external markets based on their products’ environmental performance," Anwar Shirpurwala, executive director of the Manufacturers’ Information Technology Council, said in a press release. "It shall provide a globally accepted, transparent and effective method to ensure greener electronics."

To meet EPEAT qualifications, a product must meet a minimum of 23 of 33 requirements. Products meeting 30 or more receive higher EPEAT ratings.

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