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Worldwide Green Rating System Launches for Printers, Copiers, Scanners



  Worldwide Green Rating System Launches for Printers, Copiers, Scanners

   EPEAT®, the definitive environmental rating system for PCs and Displays,
                expands in scope to address imaging equipment.

Business Wire

PORTLAND, Ore. -- February 12, 2013

EPEAT®, the definitive global registry for greener electronics, announced
today its expansion beyond PCs and Displays to include printers, copiers and
other imaging equipment. The expansion was heralded by Congressional leaders,
environmental groups, leading manufacturers and institutional purchasers at an
event today in Washington, D.C. 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 registry currently includes imaging equipment from seven
manufacturers: Canon, Dell, Epson, HP, Lexmark, Ricoh and Xerox. Two
additional manufacturers – Konica Minolta and Samsung – have begun the process
of registering products with EPEAT. Combined, these nine manufacturers
represent at least 80% of the global market for copiers, printers, scanners
and multifunction devices. Devices will be continually added to the registry
as they are deemed compliant with EPEAT’s environmental requirements.

“World markets will now be able to easily and reliably identify and purchase
greener printers, copiers and scanners based on EPEAT ratings,” said Robert
Frisbee, EPEAT CEO. “I applaud the leadership of everyone involved with
achieving this important milestone.”

“I’m proud that my district is home to this organization that is making such a
difference, not just in the U.S., but around the world. The federal government
is leading by example by embracing EPEAT standards for greener electronics,
and I’m eager to see the positive impact of the expanded EPEAT registry,” said
U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer. “EPEAT’s success shows that an
incentive-based approach can move markets and that diverse stakeholders
working together can be true catalysts for change.”

“EPEAT’s environmental impact standards serve a valuable role in the
marketplace,” said U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, incoming Chairman of the Energy and
Natural Resources Committee. “I commend those manufacturers that meet EPEAT’s
stringent environmental ratings, and I’m proud to say that EPEAT calls Oregon
home.”

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 up to 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 rates products on a lifecycle basis, addressing the elimination of toxic
substances, the use of recycled and recyclable materials, their design for
recycling, product longevity, energy efficiency, corporate performance and
packaging, among other criteria.

“We are proud to be among the first imaging equipment providers to participate
in the expansion of the EPEAT registry,” said Mario Rufino, Manager,
Environmental Management & Product Safety, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “The new imaging
equipment standard was developed to highlight leadership in sustainability. As
Canon’s registered products are designed with this in mind, we welcome any
effort that helps customers choose office technology solutions that help them
reduce their own impact on the environment.”

“Customers are looking for simple ways to make comparisons between products
and their environmental qualities. Dell helps its customers make those
assessments easily through our commitment to a wide range of EPEAT product
registrations (more than 200 currently) and the IEEE 1680 series of
standards,” says Steve Lalla, Vice President End User Computing at Dell.
“EPEAT-registered products are a global solution reflecting our own
environmental sustainability principles and providing consistent, impartial
guidance for our customers. The recent publication of the IEEE 1680.2 Imaging
standard will continue the long-standing collaboration with Dell and EPEAT as
we expand product registrations to include our line of imaging products.”

“Epson has been committed to the environment since 1988 when the company began
pioneering the elimination of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in its manufacturing
processes,” said Colin Donahoe, director of business imaging for Epson
America. “Our corporate values and environmental performance are in line with
EPEAT standards, and Epson is working to ensure that over 90 percent of our
printer and scanner lines meet a minimum of EPEAT Bronze level certification.”

“Lexmark strongly supports initiatives such as EPEAT that will help our
customers make more informed choices about purchasing greener products,
solutions and services,” said Marty Canning, Lexmark executive vice president
and president of Imaging Solutions and Services. “Sustainability is core to
Lexmark’s vision of positively impacting the communities where we live and
work. Since Lexmark’s inception and the formation of its vision and values,
our company has assumed responsibility for its actions associated with
ecological impacts and worked diligently to remain an exemplary environmental
steward around the world.”

“At Ricoh, we have focused on being a leader of environmental sustainability
for the entire product life cycle, which is core to our global business
operations. Furthermore, we strongly believe that the EPEAT Imaging Equipment
Program is essential to helping purchasers make informed decisions,” said Jay
Dizzine, Vice President, Technology Marketing, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “By
engaging in EPEAT, Ricoh is further enhancing its complete portfolio of
products and services to better manage and reduce environmental impact and
cost, while improving productivity for our customers and creating shared value
for our society.”

“At Xerox, sustainability is our way of doing business, so when given the
opportunity to help customers make informed decisions on selecting
environmentally preferable products, we were onboard. Our current EPEAT
registered products include multifunction printers and stand-alone printers
that help businesses simplify how work gets done while producing less waste
and using less energy,” said Diane O’Connor, vice president, Environment,
Health, Safety and Sustainability, Xerox.

“As a broad-based technology distributor with deep relationships in the IT
channel, we are excited about this new EPEAT registry that offers our
customers greener printer and copier choices,” said Kirk Robinson, senior vice
president, commercial markets and global accounts, Ingram Micro North America.
“Our public sector team will ensure that our resellers have access to the
right solutions for technology users in government, healthcare and education
markets.”

EPEAT’s original PC/Display rating system is used as an environmental
requirement by eight national governments, including the United States, and
thousands of purchasers worldwide. Purchase contracts that require EPEAT
registration exceed $65 billion. More than 50 manufacturers have registered
their greener PCs, monitors, copiers, printers and scanners in more than 40
countries. More than 533 million EPEAT-registered products have been purchased
since the original registry debuted in July 2006.

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.

Contact:

EPEAT
Jonas Allen, 503-279-9383
Cell: 503-522-5204
Director of Marketing
jallen@greenelectronicscouncil.org
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