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Microsoft recently updated our computer purchasing standards to make sure that all the PCs we buy for our employees meet the latest energy efficiency standards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Microsoft now requires that all PCs purchased through our standard MS IT channels will meet EPA Energy Star 5.0 requirements.
In addition, we’ve also required that the PCs we buy are registered with a green computer rating initiative called EPEAT. The EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) program evaluates computer desktops, laptops, and monitors based on 51 environmental criteria developed through an extensive stakeholder consensus process supported by US EPA. The EPEAT system is managed by the Green Electronics Council, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Portland, OR.
Compared to traditional computer equipment, all EPEAT-registered computers have reduced levels of cadmium, lead, and mercury to better protect human health and the environment. They are more energy efficient, which reduces emissions of climate changing greenhouse gases. They are also easier to upgrade and recycle. In fact, manufacturers must offer environmentally responsible recycling options for all EPEAT-registered products.
This is an important milestone as part of Microsoft’s internal Green IT program and also as part of our commitment as a member of the Climate Savers Computing Initiative.
To learn more about the EPA Energy Star program please visit http://www.energystar.gov/. I also encourage you to read the following Q&A with Jeff Omelchuk, founder and executive director of the Green Electronics Council (GEC) why “going green” is so important. When you’re done, be sure to hit www.epeat.net to find yourself the perfect green PC.