Welcome to the EPEAT Development Project web site
EPEAT is an environmental procurement tool designed to help purchasers evaluate, compare and select desktop computers, notebook computers and monitors based on their environmental attributes. At the same time it helps manufacturers promote their environmentally preferable products. These pages give brief information about EPEAT and its development.
EPEAT was selected
as one of the Top Green Business Stories of 2006 by GreenBiz.com!
EPEAT was named in Presidential Executive order: "Annually, 95% of electronic products purchased must meet Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool standards where applicable." 1/24/07 View the Executive Order.
EPEAT Product Registry
A registry of over 1200 products that meet the EPEAT criteria is available at http://www.epeat.net.
The links at the left give both a brief overview and a detailed summary of the development of EPEAT and the IEEE 1680 standard that took place from August 2002 until May 2006.
To thoroughly determine the benefits of EPEAT the US EPA sponsored the University of Tennessee to develop an Environmental Benefits Calculator. The calculations showed that the first six months sales of
EPEAT registered green computers when compared with traditional computers will produce the following
environmental benefits over their lifetime:
- Save 13.7 billion kWh of electricity, enough to power 1.2 million U.S. homes for a year;
- Save 24.4 million metric tons of materials, equivalent to the weight of 189 million refrigerators;
- Prevent 56.5 million metric tons of air pollution, including 1.07 million metric tons of global
warming gases (the equivalent of removing 852,000 cars from the road for a year);
- Prevent 118,000 metric tons of water pollution;
- Reduce toxic material use by 1,070 metric tons, equivalent to the weight of 534,000 bricks,
including enough mercury to fill 157,000 household fever thermometers; and
- Avoid the disposal of 41,100 metric tons of hazardous waste, equivalent to the weight of 20.5
For more information about EPEAT benefits and the Environmental Benefits Calculator, check the following links.
EPEAT Standards Development Roadmap
Thanks to the strong acceptance of EPEAT, the Zero Waste Alliance was contracted to carry out a national project to engage stakeholders in the development of a roadmap for future standards in the IEEE 1680 family. The project was called the EPEAT Standards Development Roadmap or EPEAT-SDR and was conducted during the first half of 2007. More information is available through the EPEAT Standards Development Roadmap link at the left.
Continuing EPEAT Standards Development
The development of standards for two of the four product families identified in the Roadmap project is underway. It is being led by the University of Tennessee as prime contractor with ZWA supporting. Information is available on the IEEE standards development website at