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Gold rated EPEAT Desktop Now Available

June 06, 2007


The Green Electronics Council, a recent RPN Extern recipient, and Hewlett-Packard announced that the HP rp5700 Business Desktop PC is the first product to meet the stringent requirements that comprise the “gold” status of the Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT).

EPEAT-registered products are designated as “bronze,” “silver” or “gold” depending on the number of environmental features they possess, such as reduced levels of hazardous materials, improved energy efficiency, and ease of upgrade and recycle. This January, President Bush signed an executive order mandating that EPEAT-registered electronic products comprise 95 percent of all federal agency purchases.

“Customers increasingly value environmental aspects of products, such as energy efficiency, provisions for reuse and recycling, and materials innovation,” said Jeff Omelchuck, executive director of the Green Electronics Council, which manages the EPEAT program. “HP is clearly differentiating itself by integrating such features into their products as evidenced by the rp5700 PC.”

The HP rp5700 is built with 95 percent recyclable components and a tool-less chassis design for quick and easy disassembly by hand, both the system and the packaging it comes in are easier to recycle. Plastic components in the system are made on average of at least 10 percent post-consumer recycled plastics, and the outer packaging contains at least 25 percent post-consumer recycled cardboard.

Also designed for improved energy efficiency, the desktop features a standard, “80 percent efficient” power supply that is up to 15 percent more efficient than standard power supplies – reducing both overall energy usage and the amount of waste heat released into the environment.

In addition to the EPEAT-Gold registration, the rp5700 platform meets or exceeds several other environmental standards, such as the Environmental Protection Agency’s Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines for post-consumer recycled content in packaging; and the European Union’s RoHS.

The Responsible Purchasing Network recommends specifying EPEAT certified products and take-back programs in purchasing contracts. Use our Responsible Purchasing Guides for Office Electronics and Computers to learn how to integrate take-back into contract specifications.

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