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 user 2008-02-20 at 2:35:00 pm Views: 93
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    The greening of your copy machine
    FRANCISCO – The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency is launching this
    week the first steps toward new green standards for copiers and other
    imaging devices. This effort builds on the success of EPEAT – an
    on-line tool to help institutional buyers identify and buy greener
    electronic equipment.

    On February 20, 2008 EPA will host a
    two-day roundtable to kick-off the development process for the new
    environmental standards. The forum will bring together representatives
    from manufacturers, suppliers, public and private sector purchasers,
    public interest groups and experts in electronics design to define the
    scope of the products to be covered, look at other standards and
    labels, and begin to develop potential environmental performance
    criteria for the new standards.

    “EPEAT is a trusted resource for
    buyers looking for greener computers, because it was developed by all
    the stakeholders,” said David Jones, Associate Director of the Waste
    Division in EPA’s Pacific Southwest region. “The success of EPEAT has
    led to significant environmental benefits. EPA is committed to
    supporting stakeholder efforts to now reduce the impact of printers and
    copiers as well.”

    EPEAT – the electronic product environmental
    assessment tool – was launched in 2006, focusing on desktop and laptop
    computers and monitors. It includes a set of environmental criteria and
    a system for registering and verifying equipment that meets those
    criteria. EPEAT-registered computers have reduced levels of toxics, are
    more energy efficient, are easier to upgrade and recycle, and use more
    sustainable packaging than conventional equipment. EPA supported the
    development of EPEAT, but it is now a largely self-sustaining system
    operated by the Green Electronics Council.

    Purchasers have
    embraced EPEAT enthusiastically. Nearly all electronic equipment
    purchases by the U.S. government must be EPEAT-registered. In addition,
    more than six states and dozens of local governments and colleges and
    universities have adopted EPEAT in their procurement for computers.
    Major private companies are using the tool as well. That success has
    driven demand by purchasers for additional products to be added to

    The February 20th workshop will begin a 12-18 month
    process to craft the criteria for imaging devices. EPA will not develop
    the new standard itself, but is providing funding and staff support to
    bring stakeholders together to do so. The standard will be finalized
    the IEEE Standards Association.

    For information on the EPEAT
    standard and the searchable database listing all EPEAT-registered
    computer products, visit: http://www.epeat.net. Additional information
    on the Green Electronics Council is available at