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    More than 30 HP products recognized for environmental achievement
    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.

    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.