Epson America has announced support for and inclusion in the newly expanded EPEAT registry, the definitive global registry for greener electronics. Driven by congressional leaders, environmental groups, leading manufacturers and institutional purchasers at an event today in Washington, DC, the EPEAT registry now includes printers, scanners, copiers and multifunction devices to help companies, governments and consumers compare and purchase greener imaging equipment. The expanded registry now includes a number of Epson multifunction and large format printers, with more devices to be added as they are deemed compliant with EPEAT’s environmental requirements.
“Epson’s inclusion in the EPEAT registry underscores a longstanding commitment to environmental responsibility and performance,” said Colin Donahoe, director of business imaging, Epson America. “We have already registered a number of devices with EPEAT based on their environmental criteria, and Epson worldwide is working to continually expand the number of devices on the EPEAT registry to make it easier for consumers and organizations to identify and purchase greener printers.”
To be added to the EPEAT registry, an imaging device must meet at least 33 required environmental performance criteria that were developed during a four-year 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.
“I’m pleased to count Epson among the pioneers of EPEAT’s new Imaging Equipment category,” said Robert Frisbee, EPEAT CEO. “As a founding manufacturer, Epson is forging a path toward a world filled with greener options for imaging equipment and multifunction devices.”
More than 533 million EPEAT-registered products have been purchased since the original PC/Display rating system debuted in July 2006. The availability of these products has contributed to the elimination of greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 11 million U.S. vehicles’ annual impact, reducing more than 394,000 metric tons of hazardous waste and solid waste by nearly 167,000 metric tons. This reduction is equivalent to nearly 86,000 U.S. households’ annual waste.