Battle smoldering over environmental ratings for electronics

Oct 10, 2007 | 11:48 AM | Paul Schaffer

The Green Electronics Council, Portland, Ore., is going forward with plans to sponsor model-by-model information on the recyclability and environmental suitability of televisions and hard-copy imaging devices.

The goal is to develop rating systems similar to the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool for desktops, laptops and monitors, which goes by the acronym Epeat. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has provided partial short-term funding for Epeat.

The project is still working out the exact steps involved in rating additional sorts of equipment. It briefed some of the people involved at a session last week in Seattle. The EPA itself decided to define its own role more clearly.....

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