EPEAT green electronics registry adds printers, copiers

Electronics companies that make energy-efficient printers and scanners that are free of toxic materials are likely to get a boost in sales, thanks to EPEAT opening up its product registry to include imaging equipment.

EPEAT, a worldwide registry for greener electronics, announced its expansion beyond computers and displays on Monday. The registry will now include copiers, printers, scanners and multifunction devices that meet EPEAT's environmental criteria.

Canon, Dell, Epson, Lexmark, Ricoh and Xerox have already received EPEAT ratings for some of products. HP, Konica Minolta and Samsung are in the process of registering products.

Having products on the registry puts companies front and center for other businesses and governments looking specifically for efficient and less-wasteful electronics.

"The key factor is market access ... those who are looking for greener solutions," said Sarah O'Brien, EPEAT's director of communications. "Once somebody is asking for it in their contracts, that means manufacturers need to hit that mark."

Eight national governments, including the United States, already use EPEAT as an environmental requirement for electronics purchases. And according to EPEAT, thousands of purchasers around the world specify that they're looking for EPEAT-rated products.

All that adds up to $65 billion in purchasing contracts that require EPEAT registration.

Photo of an HP printer by Joydeep via Wikimedia Commons.

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