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HP Workstations Achieve Solid EPEAT Gold

April 16, 2008

Source: GreenerComputing.com

HP’s entire line of personal workstation computers has achieved a Gold Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) rating.  HP is the first company to achieve such a rating for personal workstations—traditionally high energy use computers favored by design professionals in graphic arts, engineering, manufacturing and finance industries, among others.

With the addition of the workstations, HP now has the largest number of EPEAT Gold registered products. All HP workstations are more than 90 percent recyclable by weight and includes an 80 PLUS power supply, which consumes up to 15 percent less energy and lowers overall energy usage and waste heat. In addition, HP has instituted a take-back program for used equipment.

The Responsible Purchasing Network helped create EPEAT, a procurement tool to help large volume purchasers in the public and private sectors evaluate, compare, and select desktop computers, notebooks, and monitors based on their environmental attributes.  EPEAT employs a rating system based on performance criteria related to various factors such as materials use, recyclability, and energy use. The EPEAT standard includes 23 required criteria, and 28 optional criteria. Products meeting or exceeding all of the 23 required criteria are recognized as EPEAT Bronze products. Products meeting all of the required criteria and at least 14 of the optional criteria are recognized as EPEAT Silver products and products meeting all of the required criteria and at least 21 optional criteria are recognized as EPEAT Gold products.

Last year, an executive order was issued mandating that EPEAT-registered electronic products comprise 95 percent of all federal agency purchases.

For more on how to green your office equipment, see the Responsible Purchasing Guide for Office Electronics.

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