EPEAT is a system that helps purchasers evaluate, compare and select electronic products based on their environmental attributes. Desktops, laptops and monitors that meet 23 required environmental performance criteria may be registered in EPEAT by their manufacturers in 40 countries worldwide. Registered products are rated Gold, Silver or Bronze depending on the percentage of 28 optional criteria they meet above the baseline criteria. EPEAT operates an ongoing verification program to assure the credibility of the registry.The EPEAT system and the environmental criteria for computers and monitors were originally developed in a 2-year multi-stakeholder process that was facilitated by the Zero Waste Alliance on a grant from the US EPA.
EPEAT is incorporated as a 501(c)(4) “social benefit” not-for-profit organization in Portland, Oregon, USA. EPEAT is managed and operated by staff contracted from the Green Electronics Council. The GEC is part of the International Sustainable Development Foundation which is a 501(c)(3) “charitable” not-for-profit organization also located in Portland . Please visit EPEAT’s website to learn more about certification criteria and benefits.
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