Toshiba Scores With Five EPEAT Gold Laptops

Toshiba Scores With Five EPEAT Gold Laptops

Five of Toshiba America Information Systems Inc.'s premier business notebook computers achieved the highest possible rating from the Green Electronics Council's Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT), the company announced Tuesday.

The company produces more Gold rated notebook computers than any other notebook computer manufacturer. Dell Inc.'s Latitude D630 and Latitude D630 ATG also achieved Gold ratings, bringing the total number of EPEAT Gold computers to seven.

"Toshiba is focused on creating products that have cutting-edge technology and are environmentally conscious as well," said Mark Simons, vice president and general manager of Toshiba's Digital Products Division, in a statement. "The EPEAT Gold status is a milestone Toshiba is truly proud of, and we are looking forward to continually making strides to protect the world we live in for future generations."

The Green Electronics Council estimates that EPEAT-registered computers can help reduce more than 13 million pounds of hazardous waste and more than 3 million pounds of non-hazardous waste.

The notebooks include all Portege(R) R400 and Portege R500 configurations, which start at $1,999, according to the company website. The Tecra(R) M9 with the product prefix PTM91, and two models of the Tecra A9 with the prefixes PTS52 and PTS53 also scored Gold.

Gold status means a product passed 23 mandatory criteria in eight categories, as well as 75 percent or more of the 28 optional criteria.

The eight categories are reduction or elimination of environmentally sensitive materials, materials selection, end-of-life design, product longevity/life cycle extension, energy conservation, end-of-life management, packaging and corporate performance.

Bronze products must meet all mandatory criteria while Silver products must meet all mandatory criteria and half of the optional criteria.

"It is exciting to see a company like Toshiba meet so many of the EPEAT requirements," said Jeff Omelchuck, director of the Green Electronics Council. "But it is especially rewarding to see Toshiba's growing list of products that go above and beyond the minimum EPEAT environmental requirements. Each point beyond the minimum provides extensive additional environmental benefits, and Toshiba's EPEAT Gold products have earned up to 21 additional points."

Toshiba offers a computer trade-in and recycling program; Recycling Toshiba computers is free while the company charges a small fee for non-Toshiba computers and other electronic products.

The company restricted lead, mercury and certain hazardous materials use in all Toshiba notebooks designed after Sept. 2005.