Lenovo Creates First EPEAT Gold-Certified Computer Monitors

Lenovo Creates First EPEAT Gold-Certified Computer Monitors

Computer manufacturer Lenovo this week unveiled its latest energy-efficient and environmentally friendly product, the ThinkVision L193p LCD monitor, which was rated EPEAT Gold by the Green Electronics Council.

Lenovo introduced the monitor as part of what it called the first "complete EPEAT Gold-rated solution" -- together with the company's ThinkCentre A61e desktop, which also received EPEAT Gold status.

Especially notable about the monitor is its incorporation of at least 25 percent post-consumer recycled content, the first of 650 products in the EPEAT registry to reach that level.

"During the EPEAT standard development process, the question was whether manufacturers could attain recycled content rates in the single digits," said Jeff Omelchuck, Executive Director of the Green Electronics Council, which manages the EPEAT program, "Lenovo's achievement ... demonstrates that the EPEAT green procurement standard is spurring innovation by channeling purchaser demand for more sustainable electronic products."

The EPEAT rating levels are Bronze, Silver and Gold, and products receive the rating based on the number of environmental criteria they meet, starting with 23 mandatory criteria and then progressing up through 28 additional, optional criteria. To recieve the Gold rating, products must meet all mandatory criteria and at least 75 percent of the optional criteria.

In addition to EPEAT Gold status, Lenovo's new monitors, which the company said will be available beginning in November, meet several other standards for performance. They are Energy Star 4.0 certified for energy efficiency, and also certified TCO'03 for their performance in ergonomics, emissions, energy and ecology.