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Imaging equipment added to EPEAT

Imaging equipment added to EPEAT

September 9, 2013

OEMs including Ricoh have registered a wide range of imaging equipment under the EPEAT programme.epeat

My Print Resource reported that Ricoh, which has been part of EPEAT for three years, has been working with the programme and other OEMs to develop “definitive environmental criteria” for imaging equipment. The 59 criteria agreed aligns with the expansion of EPEAT to include printers, copiers and MFPs, which occurred yesterday.

Gold, silver and bronze ratings will help organisations make “purchasing decisions […] that value sustainability” when choosing new imaging equipment. The news outlet stated that the expansion into imaging equipment has been “heralded by congressional leaders, environmental groups, leading manufacturers and institutional purchasers”. To qualify for bronze, companies must meet at least 33 criteria with their imaging devices, with 26 additional criteria taking them up to silver and then gold.

Statistics demonstrating the success of EPEAT include purchase contracts requiring EPEAT registration exceeding $65 billion (€49.3 billion), as well as the fact that 50 manufacturers have registered products in over 40 countries under the programme. 533 million EPEAT-registered products have been sold since July 2006, when the original registry was launched, and the greenhouse gas emissions eliminated equivalently since that point match 11 million US vehicles’ annual impact.

Jay Dizzine, Vice President of Technology Marketing at Ricoh Americas, stated: “The EPEAT registry will help technology buyers make smart purchases that advance their company’s sustainability initiatives, reducing their environmental footprint and resulting costs.

“Without EPEAT, it can be time-consuming, difficult and confusing for purchasing professionals to wade through all the specifications that may factor into sustainability or comprehend a manufacturer’s environmental program for the entire lifecycle of a product. We have Gold- and Silver-rated products today with many more to come, exemplifying our commitment to global leadership in environmental sustainability and the partnership with our customers.”

Robert Frisbee, CEO of EPEAT, added: “I applaud Ricoh for registering such a diverse range of products in EPEAT’s new Imaging Equipment category. Ricoh’s proactive decision to embrace the EPEAT standards shows their commitment to environmental excellence across their product lines.”

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