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1 The EPEAT ® Standard and LCA Wayne Rifer Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool Green Electronics Council

2 Two Dimension of EPEAT 1)IEEE 1680 family of American National Standards 1680 umbrella standard – the rules of the game environmental criteria for computers & monitors environmental criteria for imaging equipment (under development) environmental criteria for TVs (under development) 2)System for identifying and verifying product claims EPEAT Registry at Self-declaration with after-market verification

3 Environmental Assessment Standards Committee (EASC) 1680 Umbrella Standard Computers and Monitors Imaging Devices Televisions Handheld Devices Servers EPEAT Standards and Workgroups

4 EPEAT Tiers EPEAT Bronze – Meets all 23 required criteria EPEAT Silver – Meets all required criteria and at least 50% of the optional criteria EPEAT Gold – Meets all required criteria and at least 75% of the optional criteria

5 EPEAT Registered Products As of 09/15/09. See for current numbers.www.epeat.net

6 32 Participating Manufacturers Acer Apple Arquimedes Automatacao AsusTek CIARA-TECH Corporativo Lanix CTL Dell EIZO NANAO Fujitsu Gammatech General Dynamics Itronix GETAC Hewlett Packard Howard Technology Solutions Hyundai IT America Lenovo LG Electronics M&A Technology MDG Computers NCS Technologies NEC Display Solutions Northern Micro Panasonic Philips Electronics Positivo Informatica Samsung Sony Electronics Toshiba TPV Transource Viewsonic As of 05/11/2009. See for current list.www.epeat.net/Companies.aspx

7 7 Environmental Performance Categories Environmentally Sensitive Materials Materials Selection Design for End of Life Product Longevity/Life Cycle Extension Energy Conservation End of Life Management Corporate Performance Packaging 51 criteria o 23 required o 28 optional

8 EPEAT Development New product standards – Imaging equipment (printers, copiers, MFDs, etc.) – TVs – Update of computer standard – Servers – Mobile devices International Registry – 40 countries Initially dedicated to institutional market – Moving into consumer market

9 Stakeholder consensus is the essence of EPEAT – Consensus-based criteria versus science-based LCA & stakeholder judgments focus differently – Sensitive materials – stakeholders judgments are precaution-based – DfEoL and take-back are priorities Can LCAs inform environmental priorities? – Energy efficiency in use versus life extension – Elimination of toxins (Pb) versus LC impacts EPEAT and LCA

10 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 them – Reward the process, not the result Use established third-party tools Use tools that lock in data and boundary variability EPEAT and LCA

11 Corporate performance – Perform LCA or corporate carbon footprint, water footprint – Achieving x% reduction in carbon footprint – LCI or LCA of products carbon footprint (various LC boundaries) Per ISO 14040/ or PAS 2050 – Annual carbon disclosure scope 1 & 2 – integrate life cycle &/or DfE thinking into product design Materials selection – LCA for embodied/used energy on 90% of the materials/ components in product – LCA-based demonstration that materials use x% less energy cradle to cradle than previous generation Proposed LCA-based Criteria for New Standards

12 Environmentally sensitive materials – LCA-based tool to assess alternative FRs Energy conservation – LCA-based demonstration that product uses/ embodies x% less LC energy than previous generation, as alternative to ENERGY STAR Other proposed science-based assessments – Health exposure/risk – Resource depletion – Recyclability analysis Proposed LCA-based Criteria for New Standards

13 Contact Wayne Rifer Manager of EPEAT Standards and Verification Co-Chair of IEEE 1680 Standards Sponsor EPEAT Product Registry IEEE Standards Development


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