Singapore has become the 41st country to join the EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) scheme and the first since the major geographic expansion last year.
In December EPEAT approved a process whereby purchasers, manufacturers or other stakeholders can nominate countries for addition to the registry. Approval for inclusion in the scheme depends on purchaser and supplier interest, government support or other factors, but there’s a bias in favour of additions.
This was apparently the first time the process was used for adding a country. “Growing interest in environmental issues and greener products among end users made Singapore a strong candidate for addition to the EPEAT system’s country coverage,” said Jeff Omelchuck, Executive Director of EPEAT.
Toshiba has been quick off the mark in registering the first EPEAT Gold-rated products in Singapore. In fact the company has apparently registered 23 Gold-rated notebooks.
It’s reassuring to see the continued geographic expansion of EPEAT. The industry needs these sorts of de-facto green standards and the growing global acceptance provides increasing legitimacy. Mind you, it’s also good to have some other views, such as the Greenpeace Electronics Guide, to help push the boundaries in particular areas and prevent any complacency.