The manufacture, use, and disposal of computers, imaging equipment (printers, copiers, fax, multi-functional devices [MFDs], scanners, digital duplicators), mobile phones, servers, televisions and their electronic accessories have a global adverse impact on human and environmental health. Electronics contain toxic heavy metals, halogenated flame retardants, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and many other chemicals of concern. Rapid changes in technology mean many of these products have short lives and are easier to dispose than to repair and upgrade.
Specify, purchase and report expenditures on electronics with a goal of 80% registered with EPEAT.
The Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) is an environmental procurement tool designed to help purchasers address environmental concerns in the purchasing process for electronic products. For manufacturers, EPEAT provides clear and consistent performance criteria for the design of products and related services and an opportunity for manufacturers to secure market recognition for efforts to reduce their products’ environmental impacts.
The EPEAT registry helps purchasers identify, compare, and select environmentally preferable products and provides manufacturers with clear and consistent criteria for product design. Your organization can also apply to get recognition as an EPEAT purchaser.
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