New EPEAT imaging, TV criteria likely this fall
By Henry Leineweber, Resource Recycling
EPEAT, the green electronics product assessment tool, has announced new agreements with TV and imaging device manufacturers to incorporate the rating system into their products.
The IEEE 1680.2 and 1680.3 standards for imaging equipment and televisions, respectively, form the basis of EPEAT's draft standards for these product categories. Over 75 percent of stakeholders approved the draft standards, meaning the final version of the new criteria will likely be released later this fall – ending three years of drafts and stakeholder review.
EPEAT, which rates electronics based on a range of categories including energy use, recyclability, hazardous materials use, and many others, covers 48 manufacturers and over 3,300 devices. EPEAT says the adoption of the new criteria could potentially double the number of covered devices sold with an EPEAT rating.