Santa Ana, Calif. — Ingram Micro has launched a service to help resellers identify “green” electronic products.
The distributor’s North American arm has updated its product database to include information from nonprofit Green Electronics Council’s Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) rating system that evaluates desktop computers, notebooks and monitors based on 51 environmental performance criteria.
According to the company, the database now includes bronze, silver or gold EPEAT rankings along with other product data to enable resellers to easily identify environmentally preferable computer products.
“Federal government agencies are requiring EPEAT-registered products to ensure their electronics purchases are compliant. By having these designations in our product database, Ingram Micro is providing the green information needed for our resellers to include on bids for government contracts. It also assists others in identifying environmentally friendly products for their end users,” said Bob Laclede, VP and general manager for government sales at Ingram Micro.
According to a release, EPEAT-registered computers and monitors must meet 23 required environmental performance criteria which includes factors like meeting Energy Star efficiency specifications and a system for recycling at end of life. The products are then ranked as bronze, silver or gold, according to the percentage of 28 optional criteria they meet.
Jeff Omelchuck, executive director for the Green Electronics Council and EPEAT program manager, said Ingram Micro is the first distributor to partner with EPEAT. “Their leadership will help resellers respond to purchaser demand for green IT options, expand the green IT market and provide end users with an easy way to determine at point of purchase which products are environmentally preferable,” he said.