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Big Savings from EPEAT Registered Computers

July 18, 2007

Source: Green Electronics Council

On July 17, the Green Electronics Council (GEC) released a report measuring the environmental benefits from sales of EPEAT registered computers. The report finds impressive environmental benefits from EPEAT computers compared to conventional machines. 

Compared to conventional computers, all the EPEAT-registered computers sold in the first six months of the program will yield these environmental benefits: 

  • Save 13.7 billion kWh of electricity, enough to power 1.2 million U.S. homes for a year;

  • Save 24.4 million metric tons of materials, equivalent to the weight of 189 million refrigerators;

  • Prevent 56.5 million metric tons of air pollution, including 1.07 million metric tons of global warming gases (the equivalent of removing 852,000 cars from the road for a year);

  • Prevent 118,000 metric tons of water pollution;

  • Reduce toxic material use by 1,070 metric tons, equivalent to the weight of 534,000 bricks, including enough mercury to fill 157,000 household fever thermometers; and

  • Avoid the disposal of 41,100 metric tons of hazardous waste, equivalent to the weight of 20.5 million bricks.

(Note: these calculations were achieved using the Environmental Benefits Calculator.)

“Everyone wanted to know if buying ‘green’ computers really mattered,” explained Jeff Omelchuck, Director of the Green Electronics Council, which manages the EPEAT green computer program. “Well, we did the math and the numbers blew us away.” 

Chris O’Brien, Director of the Responsible Purchasing Network pointed out that EPEAT has set a new standard for computer procurement, noting that “these environmental benefits make a very persuasive case for buying EPEAT registered computers.”

For more information on responsible procurement of computers and monitors, including a contract clause addressing labor and human rights requirements, refer to the Responsible Purchasing Guide for Computers. 

Click here for a copy of the Green Electronics Council press release.  

Click here for a copy of the full Green Electronics Council report on EPEAT registered computers.

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