Battle smoldering over environmental ratings for electronics

Oct 10, 2007 | 03:24 PM | 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 (Epeat) for desktop and laptop computers and monitors. 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 in Seattle last week. The EPA itself decided to define its own role more clearly. The federal agency will be formally soliciting contract proposals allowing it to help pay for whatever arrangement is established for the project to solicit money from manufacturers and other stakeholders.....

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