Saturday, 22 March 2008

Greenguard Chemical Emissions Certification

Green IT is not just about energy use. The goal is long-term sustainability, so an announcement by the Greenguard Environmental Institute (GEI) in the US is welcome.

Greenguard is an industry-independent, non-profit organisation with a certification programme for chemical emissions from building products and furnishings. It has just announced that it is expanding its coverage to include computers. "Electronics, including monitors, computers and printers, can emit chemicals and particles into the air, particularly when in use. These chemicals may trigger a range of health issues, including asthma, allergies and other irritating reactions” Greenguard's CEO said.

The idea is that with the certification consumers can identify computers that have been found to be free of toxic emissions. The Lenovo’s M57/M57P 'Eco' is the first PC to achieve it.

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