25 July 2007 | Paul Snell
Buyers can assess their IT efficiency following collaboration between Computacenter and the Green Electronics Council (GEC).
The IT and environmental joint venture hopes to raise buyers' awareness of more environmentally friendly IT products.
Purchasers can access GEC's Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT). This identifies IT products that have met 51 environmental standards, including the WEEE directive, Restriction of Hazardous Substances and Energy Star criteria. It has been developed by manufacturers, green groups and academics.
Regulations adopted by the European Parliament will soon compel certain public sector buyers to purchase green IT equipment (Web news, 18 July)
Heidi-Lynn Mitchell, product services director at Computacenter, said: "Companies require a robust method to select environmentally sound IT products. The EPEAT system provides IT decision makers with a simple way to do this so they can reduce the environmental impact of their future IT."