Six years ago, EPEAT was founded as a global registry for greener electronics — helping companies, governments and customers know that the computers and monitors they were buying had been designed with the environment in mind.

Today, I’m excited to announce that Dell is one of the first companies to register printer products under EPEAT’s new imaging standard (IEEE 1680.2) for printers, copiers and other imaging equipment. To date, Dell has registered 13 color and mono printers to the EPEAT registry, with more expected in the future.

Products in the new imaging equipment registry must meet at least 33 required environmental criteria, and achieve higher ratings by meeting up to 26 optional criteria. Stakeholder representatives from governments, environmental groups, researchers, purchasers, recyclers and manufacturers (including Dell) developed the standard during a four-year process that received input from hundreds of people.

“Dell’s PCs and displays have a long history on the EPEAT registry, and we’re pleased to see Dell renew its faith in EPEAT by registering multiple products in the Imaging Equipment category,” said Robert Frisbee, EPEAT CEO. "Dell has been a leader in green electronics since the early days. Supporting this new category from its inception shows Dell’s dedication to making greener electronics available to purchasers worldwide.”

Indeed, Dell has been involved with EPEAT since its inception. The system is used as an environmental requirement by eight national governments and thousands of other large purchasers worldwide — in fact, EPEAT estimates that purchase contracts requiring the registration exceed $65 billion.

For us, EPEAT is important because it reinforces Dell’s life cycle approach to design, with programs that reduce environmental impact at every stage of a product or service’s development, use and end of life. EPEAT rates products on criteria such as the use of preferable materials, the use of recycled and recyclable materials, their design for recycling, product longevity, energy efficiency, corporate performance and packaging.

You can read more about Dell’s use of eco-labels here. To learn about our holistic environmental approach, visit www.dell.com/environment.