The Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT©) is a procurement tool to
help public and private sector institutional purchasers identify and compare environmentally
preferable or “green” computer products. Computer products registered on EPEAT have less
toxic and more recycled materials to better protect human health, are more energy efficient
(Energy Star® qualified) which reduces emissions of climate changing greenhouse gases, and
are also easier to upgrade and recycle.
EPEAT provides a set of performance criteria for the design of computer products, and an
opportunity for manufacturers to secure market recognition for efforts to reduce the
environmental impact of their products. EPEAT evaluates electronic products according to
three tiers of environmental performance – Bronze, Silver and Gold. The complete set of
performance criteria includes 23 required criteria and 28 optional criteria. To qualify for
acceptance as an EPEAT product, it must conform to all the required criteria (Bronze).
Manufacturers may choose among the optional criteria to boost their product’s EPEAT rating
(Silver or Gold).