EPEAT has become a go-to resource for finding out the green features of computers, monitors and other electronics. It ranks a computer into Bronze, Silver or Gold levels based on things like energy efficiency, packaging, ease of recyclability and so on. Now green computer shopping will be that much easier, as yesterday they announced that they're becoming an even bigger resource by going international and expanding to over 40 countries worldwide. EPEAT already has over 1,000 products listed from over 30 manufacturers globally. Now, IT purchasers in US, Canada, Europe, China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil and Mexico will all be able to use the database to search for the greenest computer device options. They can evaluate, compare and select products available to them based on the products' environmental performance in their country.
"Since launching EPEAT in 2006, we have been overwhelmed by the positive response from large purchasers, manufacturers and consumers across every sector of the global marketplace," said Jeff Omelchuck, Executive Director of EPEAT. "With the international registry launch, EPEAT now makes it easy for purchasers in 40 countries around the world to choose green electronics that cut costs, green IT environments and help lead the transition to a prosperous, low-carbon economy."
The US government already requires federal agencies to buy EPEAT-registered products for at least 95% of their purchases, and hopefully other countries will follow suit.
While there are downsides to all ranking systems, EPEAT has worked hard to become a high-level, trusted standard. It's a great resource for individual consumers as well as larger companies and government agencies for purchasing.