PORTLAND, USA: The Green Electronics Council today pronounced the spreading out of the EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) environmental rating system en route for India, where procurers expended $9.5 billion on computing hardware alone in fiscal 2013.
Makers have already initiated the course of qualifying PCs and Displays, Imaging Equipment and Televisions intended for India. Information on products registered in the country will be publicly reachable in the second quarter of fiscal 2014. India will be the 43rd country in which EPEAT registration and verification services are available to aid purchasers select products that diminish their environmental impact.
EPEAT rates products on a lifecycle basis. The system addresses removal of toxic substances, use of recycled and recyclable materials, product design for recycling, product longevity, energy efficiency, corporate performance and packaging. Manufacturers register their products in EPEAT on a country-by-country basis to confirm that all product and service benchmarks are supported and corroborated for resident markets.
“Indian industry and enterprise use ICT products to create new efficiencies and sustainability benefits,” reportedly said Seema Arora, executive director of the CII’s Centre of Excellence for Sustainability. Elucidating further that- “The availability of EPEAT registration will enable business purchasers to easily identify and select environmentally preferable electronics and increase the net benefit of these activities.”
Leveraging EPEAT, Indian purchasers will be able to “green” their purchasing and reward manufacturers for environmental resourcefulness, as do the national governments of the United States, followed by France, Canada and Australia, hundreds of healthcare, education and enterprise purchasers around the world, and local and regional governments around the globe.
Anwar Shirpurwala, executive director of the Manufacturers’ Information Technology Council (MAIT) held that, “Participation in EPEAT’s globally recognized environmental rating program will support Indian manufacturers’ ability to reap market rewards in both internal and external markets based on their products’ environmental performance. It shall provide a globally accepted, transparent and effective method to ensure greener electronics.”
“India plays a vital role in the global technology market. We are very eager to collaborate with all Indian stakeholders to support EPEAT’s adoption as a key environmental purchasing benchmark,” alleged Robert Frisbee, CEO of the Green Electronics Council.
To be in the running for EPEAT, a product must meet 23 to 33 required environmental performance yardsticks subject to the product category. Products attain higher EPEAT ratings by meeting up to 30 discretionary criteria. Rating criteria are developed in public stakeholder consensus processes encompassing broad representation from the environmental, purchasing, research, governmental and manufacturing segments.
Over their lifespan, the 646 million EPEAT-registered electronics purchased globally since 2006 will provide significant environmental benefits compared to products not meeting EPEAT principles, counting sustaining more than 100 million megawatt hours of electricity, and jettisoning 167,000 metric tons of solid waste and just about 400,000 metric tons of perilous waste.