EPEAT removed from federal electronics standards

EPEAT removed from federal electronics standards

The White House has issued an updated executive order on federal sustainability practices that noticeably leaves out green electronics standard EPEAT. The standard helps promote the recovery and reuse of many types of devices.

Replacing a 2009 executive order “ensuring procurement preference for EPEAT registered electronic products,” the White House’s new order, issued on March 19, directs branches of the federal government toward “procurement for environmentally sustainable electronic products.” There is no mention of EPEAT in the update.

The federal government – with its many tentacles – is one of the world’s largest consumers of electronic devices. Its Interagency Task Force on ElectronicsStewardship, developed in the wake of the 2009 executive order, has a stated goal of pushing the federal government to “lead by example” on electronics stewardship.

The White House’s Council on Environmental Quality did not provide a comment on the new order.

The EPEAT standard was formed in 2005 and serves as a global rating system for a wide range of electronics, including computers and televisions.

Products registered to EPEAT are graded on various sustainability criteria, including end-of-life management, reparability and use of recycled content, and are awarded bronze, silver or gold labels based on how many criteria are met.

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