Toshiba e-STUDIO Mulftifunctionals Now EPEAT-Certified for Environmental Friendliness
The EPEAT system rates products on a life-cycle basis and considers, among other things, its absence of toxic substances, its use of recycled and recyclable materials, and its design for recycling, product longevity, energy efficiency, corporate performance and packaging.
To be added to the EPEAT Registry, an imaging device must meet at least 33 required environmental performance criteria. Products may achieve higher ratings by meeting some or all of 26 additional optional criteria. The rating criteria were developed during a four-year stakeholder consensus process that involved hundreds of representatives from the environmental, research, governmental and manufacturing sectors.
EPEAT is used as an environmental purchasing requirement by eight national governments, including the United States, and is integrated into hundreds of municipal, educational, healthcare and enterprise IT contracts worldwide. For more than six years, EPEAT ratings have helped companies, governments and consumers compare and purchase greener PCs and monitors, resulting in significant environmental benefits. The EPEAT system expanded in 2013 to include televisions and imaging equipment such as printers, copiers, scanners, and MFPs.
According to the Green Electronics Council, since 2006, purchasers choosing EPEAT-registered electronics over products that don’t meet the system’s criteria have eliminated greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 11 million U.S. vehicles’ annual impact, avoided more than 394,000 metric tons of hazardous waste and reduced solid waste by nearly 167,000 metric tons – equivalent to nearly 86,000 U.S. households’ annual waste.