*NEWS*30 HP PROD’s ENVIRONMENTAL AWARDS
*NEWS*30 HP PROD’s ENVIRONMENTAL AWARDS
2006-08-08 at 11:44:00 am #16192
More than 30 HP products recognized for environmental achievement
More than 30 HP business computing and display products are now included in an independent online registry that helps institutional buyers select computer products based on their environmental attributes, the company announced .The Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) registry goes live on July 24 at http://www.epeat.net. Twenty-six of HP’s 32 registered products have received “silver” recognition, the highest level bestowed to any manufacturer’s product thus far.All EPEAT-registered products must meet minimum requirements in eight areas of environmental impact, such as reducing or eliminating environmentally sensitive materials, designing for longevity and reducing packaging materials.
Registered products also must be energy efficient, to reduce emissions of climate-changing greenhouse gases. In addition, manufacturers must demonstrate corporate social and environmental performance and offer safe end-of-life management and recycling options for products that become unusable.”Developing environmentally sound products has long been a priority for HP’s design and engineering teams,” said Jeri Callaway, vice president and general manager, Americas Commercial Solutions, Personal Systems Group, HP. “We’re particularly proud that our business-class products already meet, and in some cases exceed, the basic EPEAT standards without any alteration to their existing design.”The three-tiered EPEAT rating system, which is based on the internationally recognized IEEE 1680-2000 standard, includes 23 required criteria and 28 optional criteria. The optional criteria are used to differentiate products by highlighting improved environmental performance and form the basis for EPEAT bronze, silver or gold recognition.HP has achieved EPEAT’s silver recognition for eight desktop, five flat panel monitor and 13 notebook, mobile workstation and tablet products. Six HP LCD and flat panel monitors are registered for bronze recognition.
“On behalf of the Green Electronics Council and the more than 100 stakeholders involved in the EPEAT development process, I want to thank HP and the other manufacturers for both contributing to the process and, more importantly, for registering high-quality products meeting a tough new environmental standard,” said Jeff Omelchuck, director, Green Electronics Council, which operates the EPEAT registry.
EPEAT was developed over a three-year period in a consensus-based process that included representatives from environmental groups, government officials, large-volume computer purchasers, subject matter experts, electronics recyclers and manufacturers. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency funded the process.A wide variety of existing environmental standards and requirements are integrated into the EPEAT standard, including: the most recent U.S. Energy Star energy efficiency requirements; EPA’s Plug-In Guidelines for Materials Management; Rechargeable Battery Recycling Coalition recommendations; Coalition of North Eastern Governors Model Toxics in Packaging Legislation; European Union (EU) restriction on hazardous substances; EU Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment requirements; EU battery directives; and various global environmental labeling standards.A global leader in environmental sustainabilityThe EPEAT recognition is the latest example of HP’s broader environmental efforts. HP also is on target to meet its global goal to recycle 1 billion pounds of hardware and print cartridges by the end of 2007. Since the company began recycling, it has recycled 750 million pounds in total, including more than 112 million HP LaserJet and inkjet print cartridges, representing a weight greater than 229 million pounds.
HP’s recycling program operates globally in more than 40 countries, regions and territories and seeks to reduce the environmental impact of IT products, minimize waste going to landfills and help customers conveniently discard products in an environmentally sound fashion. Plastics and metals recovered from products recycled by HP have been used in new HP products, as well as a range of other products, including auto body parts, clothes hangers, toys, fence posts, serving trays and roof tiles.