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New Standard Helps Purchasers Buy Greener Computers

May 22, 2006

New Standard Helps Purchasers Buy Greener Computers

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, along with the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers Standards Association, has announced a new voluntary environmental performance standard to help large computer buyers make environmentally sound purchases.

The announcement was made last week at the annual International Symposium on Electronics and the Environment in Burlingame. The new IEEE standard -- IEEE 1680TM, "Standard for Environmental Assessment of Personal Computer Products" -- was initiated by a group of manufacturers, environmentalists, and purchasers, and developed with support from the EPA.

"Determining which computers are environmentally preferable is a challenge for companies, government agencies and other organizations," said Jeff Scott, the EPA's waste division director for the Pacific Southwest region. "This standard will change the marketplace and measurably reduce the environmental impacts of computers. It is an excellent example of government, industry, environmentalists and academics collaborating to address an issue and improve the environment."

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