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EPEAT - Assessing Electronics

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The Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) includes two major elements:

The system is managed by the Green Electronics Council Exit EPA Disclaimer, to which EPA awarded a grant in February 2006. The grant included funding from OPPT, EPA's Office of Solid Waste, and EPA Regions 2, 5, 9, and 10. The grant ended in December of 2008, and the Green Electronics Council is now self-sustaining based on manufacturer registration fees. The Web site housing all vendor self-declarations that their products meet EPEAT criteria became available for institutional purchasers to access in July 2006.

Development of EPEAT was prompted by a growing demand by institutional purchasers for an easy-to-use evaluation tool that allows the selection of electronic products based on environmental performance. Supported by EPA, EPEAT was developed by a multi-stakeholder group, including government, industry, non-governmental organizations and purchasers. The electronics industry has welcomed EPEAT as a tool to provide a consistent and harmonized set of environmental criteria for all purchasers and an opportunity to gain market recognition through environmental leadership.


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