|[February 12, 2013]
Worldwide Green Rating System Launches for Printers, Copiers, Scanners
PORTLAND, Ore. --(Business Wire)--
EPEAT®, the definitive global registry for greener electronics,
announced today its expansion beyond PCs and Displays to include
printers, copiers and other imaging equipment. The expansion was
heralded by Congressional leaders, environmental groups, leading
manufacturers and institutional purchasers at an event today in
Washington, D.C. For more than six years, EPEAT ratings have helped
companies, governments and consumers compare and purchase greener PCs
and monitors, resulting in significant environmental
The EPEAT registry currently includes imaging equipment from seven
manufacturers: Canon, Dell, Epson, HP, Lexmark, Ricoh (News - Alert) and Xerox. Two
additional manufacturers - Konica Minolta and Samsung - have begun the
process of registering products with EPEAT. Combined, these nine
manufacturers represent at least 80% of the global market for copiers,
printers, scanners and multifunction devices. Devices will be
continually added to the registry as they are deemed compliant with
EPEAT's environmental requirements.
"World markets will now be able to easily and reliably identify and
purchase greener printers, copiers and scanners based on EPEAT ratings,"
said Robert Frisbee, EPEAT CEO. "I applaud the leadership of everyone
involved with achieving this important milestone."
"I'm proud that my district is home to this organization that is making
such a difference, not just in the U.S., but around the world. The
federal government is leading by example by embracing EPEAT standards
for greener electronics, and I'm eager to see the positive impact of the
expanded EPEAT registry," said U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer.
"EPEAT's success shows that an incentive-based approach can move markets
and that diverse stakeholders working together can be true catalysts for
"EPEAT's environmental impact standards serve a valuable role in the
marketplace," said U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, incoming Chairman of the
Energy and Natural Resources Committee. "I commend those manufacturers
that meet EPEAT's stringent environmental ratings, and I'm proud to say
that EPEAT calls Oregon home."
To be added to the EPEAT registry, an imaging device must meet at least
33 required environmental performance criteria. Products may achieve
higher ratings by meeting up to 26 additional optional criteria. The
rating criteria were developed during a four-yer stakeholder consensus
process that involved hundreds of representatives from the
environmental, research, governmental and manufacturing sectors.
EPEAT rates products on a lifecycle basis, addressing the elimination of
toxic substances, the use of recycled and recyclable materials, their
design for recycling, product longevity, energy efficiency, corporate
performance and packaging, among other criteria.
"We are proud to be among the first imaging equipment providers to
participate in the expansion of the EPEAT registry," said Mario Rufino,
Manager, Environmental Management & Product Safety, Canon (News - Alert) U.S.A., Inc.
"The new imaging equipment standard was developed to highlight
leadership in sustainability. As Canon's registered products are
designed with this in mind, we welcome any effort that helps customers
choose office technology solutions that help them reduce their own
impact on the environment."
"Customers are looking for simple ways to make comparisons between
products and their environmental qualities. Dell (News - Alert) helps its customers
make those assessments easily through our commitment to a wide range of
EPEAT product registrations (more than 200 currently) and the IEEE (News - Alert) 1680
series of standards," says Steve Lalla, Vice President End User
Computing at Dell. "EPEAT-registered products are a global solution
reflecting our own environmental sustainability principles and providing
consistent, impartial guidance for our customers. The recent publication
of the IEEE 1680.2 Imaging standard will continue the long-standing
collaboration with Dell and EPEAT as we expand product registrations to
include our line of imaging products."
"Epson has been committed to the environment since 1988 when the company
began pioneering the elimination of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in its
manufacturing processes," said Colin Donahoe, director of business
imaging for Epson America. "Our corporate values and environmental
performance are in line with EPEAT standards, and Epson is working to
ensure that over 90 percent of our printer and scanner lines meet a
minimum of EPEAT Bronze level certification."
"Lexmark strongly supports initiatives such as EPEAT that will help our
customers make more informed choices about purchasing greener products,
solutions and services," said Marty Canning, Lexmark executive vice
president and president of Imaging Solutions and Services.
"Sustainability is core to Lexmark's vision of positively impacting the
communities where we live and work. Since Lexmark's inception and the
formation of its vision and values, our company has assumed
responsibility for its actions associated with ecological impacts and
worked diligently to remain an exemplary environmental steward around
"At Ricoh, we have focused on being a leader of environmental
sustainability for the entire product life cycle, which is core to our
global business operations. Furthermore, we strongly believe that the
EPEAT Imaging Equipment Program is essential to helping purchasers make
informed decisions," said Jay Dizzine, Vice President, Technology
Marketing, Ricoh Americas Corporation. "By engaging in EPEAT, Ricoh is
further enhancing its complete portfolio of products and services to
better manage and reduce environmental impact and cost, while improving
productivity for our customers and creating shared value for our
"At Xerox, sustainability is our way of doing business, so when given
the opportunity to help customers make informed decisions on selecting
environmentally preferable products, we were onboard. Our current EPEAT
registered products include multifunction printers and stand-alone
printers that help businesses simplify how work gets done while
producing less waste and using less energy," said Diane O'Connor, vice
president, Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability, Xerox.
"As a broad-based technology distributor with deep relationships in the
IT channel, we are excited about this new EPEAT registry that offers our
customers greener printer and copier choices," said Kirk Robinson,
senior vice president, commercial markets and global accounts, Ingram
Micro North America. "Our public sector team will ensure that our
resellers have access to the right solutions for technology users in
government, healthcare and education markets."
EPEAT's original PC/Display rating system is used as an environmental
requirement by eight national governments, including the United States,
and thousands of purchasers worldwide. Purchase contracts that require
EPEAT registration exceed $65 billion. More than 50 manufacturers have
registered their greener PCs, monitors, copiers, printers and scanners
in more than 40 countries. More than 533 million EPEAT-registered
products have been purchased since the original registry debuted in July
Since 2006, purchasers choosing EPEAT-registered electronics over
products that don't meet the system's criteria have eliminated
greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 11 million U.S. vehicles' annual
impact, avoided more than 394,000 metric tons of hazardous waste and
reduced solid waste by nearly 167,000 metric tons - equivalent to nearly
86,000 U.S. households' annual waste.
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