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Portland, Ore. — EPEAT, a registry for green global electronics, said Tuesday that it has expanded its product categories to include environmental ratings for television sets.
The comprehensive standards registry gives governments, institutional purchasers and consumers the ability to identify environmentally preferable televisions, including HDTVs and Smart TVs, EPEAT said.
The EPEAT registry now includes registered televisions from LG Electronics and Samsung, which together account for more than one-third of global TV shipments and revenues.
EPEAT said television models appearing in its registry must meet at least 24 required environmental performance criteria. Products may achieve higher ratings by meeting up to 29 additional optional criteria.
The rating criteria were developed during a four-year consensus process that involved hundreds of representatives from the environmental, manufacturing, research, recycling and government sectors, EPEAT said.
“I commend these pioneering manufacturers for exhibiting leadership and meeting EPEAT’s environmental standards,” said Robert Frisbee, EPEAT CEO. “Purchasers worldwide can now identify and procure great TV technology that’s environmentally preferable as well.”
Wayne Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics USA, said, “As a longtime EPEAT partner for computer monitors, we recognize the value of this important program in educating consumers about sustainable products. LG is proud to be among the first to meet EPEAT’s new TV criteria for listings on the definitive global registry for greener electronics.”
EPEAT said it 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 attributes.
The addition of TVs to EPEATs registry comes less than two months after it was expanded to include printers, copiers and other imaging equipment.
Additional TVs will join the registry as they meet EPEAT’s environmental criteria, the firm said.
The six-year-old database’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, multifunction devices and now TVs in more than 40 countries. More than 533 million EPEAT-registered products have been purchased since the registry debuted in July 2006.
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