Presentation on theme: "The EPEAT® Standard and LCA"— Presentation transcript:
1 The EPEAT® Standard and LCA Wayne RiferElectronic Product Environmental Assessment ToolGreen Electronics Council
2 Two Dimension of EPEAT IEEE 1680 family of American National Standards 1680 umbrella standard – the rules of the gameenvironmental criteria for computers & monitorsenvironmental criteria for imaging equipment (under development)environmental criteria for TVs (under development)System for identifying and verifying product claimsEPEAT Registry atSelf-declaration with after-market verification2
3 EPEAT Standards and Workgroups Environmental Assessment Standards Committee (EASC)1680 Umbrella StandardComputers and MonitorsImaging DevicesTelevisionsHandheld DevicesServers
4 EPEAT Tiers EPEAT Bronze EPEAT Silver – Meets all required criteria and at least 50% of the optional criteriaEPEAT Gold– Meets all required criteria andat least 75% of the optional criteria4
5 EPEAT Registered Products As of 09/15/09. See for current numbers.
6 32 Participating Manufacturers AcerAppleArquimedes AutomatacaoAsusTekCIARA-TECHCorporativo LanixCTLDellEIZO NANAOFujitsuGammatechGeneral Dynamics ItronixGETACHewlett PackardHoward Technology SolutionsHyundai IT AmericaLenovoLG ElectronicsM&A TechnologyMDG ComputersNCS TechnologiesNEC Display SolutionsNorthern MicroPanasonicPhilips ElectronicsPositivo InformaticaSamsungSony ElectronicsToshibaTPVTransourceViewsonicAs of 05/11/2009. See for current list.
7 Environmental Performance Categories Environmentally Sensitive MaterialsMaterials SelectionDesign for End of LifeProduct Longevity/Life Cycle ExtensionEnergy ConservationEnd of Life ManagementCorporate PerformancePackagingThere are 23 required criteria and 28 optional criteria. They are divided into the following eight categories: Reduction/Elimination of Environmentally Sensitive Materials (3 required; 8 optional)Material Selection (3 required; 3 optional)Design for End of Life (5 required; 6 optional)Product Longevity/ Life Extension (2 required; 2 optional)Energy Conservation (1 required; 3 optional)End of Life Management (2 required; 1 optional)Corporate Performance (3 required; 2 optional)Packaging (3 required; 4 optional)For additional details, a summary of the IEEE 1680 standard, which is the foundation of the EPEAT system, is available on the EPEAT website atCopies of the full IEEE 1680 standard must be purchased from IEEE. To purchase a copy of IEEE 1680 visit < Simply search for 1680.51 criteria23 required28 optional
8 EPEAT Development New product standards International Registry Imaging equipment (printers, copiers, MFDs, etc.)TVsUpdate of computer standardServersMobile devicesInternational Registry40 countriesInitially dedicated to institutional marketMoving into consumer market
9 EPEAT and LCA Stakeholder consensus is the essence of EPEAT Consensus-based criteria versus science-basedLCA & stakeholder judgments focus differentlySensitive materials – stakeholders judgments are precaution-basedDfEoL and take-back are prioritiesCan LCAs inform environmental priorities?Energy efficiency in use versus life extensionElimination of toxins (Pb) versus LC impacts
10 EPEAT and LCA Held LCA seminar for stakeholders – Key messages Limitations of LCA or LCI results are too great (data quality, boundary variability, etc.) to base quantitative thresholds on themReward the process, not the resultUse established third-party toolsUse tools that lock in data and boundary variability
11 Proposed LCA-based Criteria for New Standards Corporate performancePerform LCA or corporate carbon footprint, water footprintAchieving x% reduction in carbon footprintLCI or LCA of product’s carbon footprint (various LC boundaries)Per ISO 14040/ or PAS 2050Annual carbon disclosure scope 1 & 2integrate life cycle &/or DfE thinking into product designMaterials selectionLCA for embodied/used energy on 90% of the materials/ components in productLCA-based demonstration that materials use x% less energy cradle to cradle than previous generation
12 Proposed LCA-based Criteria for New Standards Environmentally sensitive materialsLCA-based tool to assess alternative FRsEnergy conservationLCA-based demonstration that product uses/ embodies x% less LC energy than previous generation, as alternative to ENERGY STAROther proposed science-based assessmentsHealth exposure/riskResource depletionRecyclability analysis
13 Contact Wayne Rifer Manager of EPEAT Standards and Verification Co-Chair of IEEE 1680 Standards SponsorEPEAT Product RegistryIEEE Standards Development