The EPEAT, environmental rating system from U.S. based Green Electronics Council is now available in India for electronics manufacturers as well as electronic users to validate environmental impact of the electronic products, they make or buy. India becomes 43rd country to have EPEAT registration and verification services.
In a recently held event at Delhi hosted by Confederation of Indian Industry’s Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development (CESD) and Green Electronics Council, attendees discussed how EPEAT can support and reinforce Indian efforts to reduce the environmental impacts of electronics.
EPEAT, which stands for “Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool,” rates products on a lifecycle basis. The system addresses the elimination of toxic substances, the use of recycled and recyclable materials, product design for recycling, product longevity, energy efficiency, corporate performance and packaging attributes, as well as requiring manufacturer responsibility for collection and responsible recycling of all registered devices.
Manufacturers must register their products in EPEAT on a country-by-country basis to ensure all product and service criteria are supported and verified for local markets. (More at www.epeat.net )
To qualify for the EPEAT Registry, electronic devices must meet at between 23- 33 required environmental performance criteria based on product category. Products achieve higher ratings by meeting up to 29 additional optional criteria. The ratings criteria were developed during multi-year stakeholder consensus processes that have involved hundreds of representatives from the environmental, research, governmental and manufacturing sectors, as well as public and private bulk consumers.