August 5, 2008
Ingram Micro Launches Service Identifying Green Computer Products
SANTA ANA, Calif., Aug. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Ingram Micro Inc. , the world's largest technology distributor has launched a service to help resellers easily identify "green" electronic products. EPEAT(TM) (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) managed by the nonprofit Green Electronics Council, is an environmental rating system that evaluates desktop computers, notebooks and monitors based on 51 environmental performance criteria.
Ingram Micro North America's product database now includes EPEAT ratings information -- rankings of Bronze, Silver or Gold -- along with other product data to enable resellers to easily identify environmentally preferable computer products.Commented Bob Laclede, vice president & general manager for government sales at Ingram Micro, "Federal government agencies are requiring EPEAT registered products to ensure their electronics purchases are compliant. By having these designations in our product database, Ingram Micro is providing the green information needed for our resellers to include on bids for government contracts. It also assists others in identifying environmentally friendly products for their end users."
EPEAT registered computers and monitors must meet 23 required environmental performance criteria, and are ranked as Bronze, Silver or Gold according to the percentage of 28 optional criteria they meet. Required criteria include Energy Star's energy efficiency specifications to consume less energy, and a system for recycling at end of life.
"We are very excited that a distributor of Ingram Micro's size and scope has become the first distributor to partner with EPEAT. Their leadership will help resellers respond to purchaser demand for Green IT options, expand the Green IT market, and provide end users with an easy way to determine at point of purchase which products are environmentally preferable," said Jeff Omelchuck, executive director for the Green Electronics Council and EPEAT program manager.
The EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) program evaluates computer desktops, laptops, and monitors based on 51 environmental criteria. The system was developed through a comprehensive stakeholder process underwritten by US EPA that included environmental advocates, manufacturers, government and private purchasers, electronics recyclers and academics. The EPEAT standard is ANSI approved and was formally adopted in 2006 as Standard 1680 of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). For full details on the EPEAT criteria, a searchable database of EPEAT registered products, and lists of participating manufacturers and purchasers using EPEAT, visit the EPEAT website at http://www.epeat.net/.
About Green Electronics Council
The Green Electronics Council partners with environmental organizations, government agencies, manufacturers and other interested stakeholders to improve the environmental and social performance of electronic products. In April 2006, it received a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to promote and implement the EPEAT green computer system. Additional information on GEC is available at http://www.greenelectronicscouncil.org/.
About Ingram Micro
As a vital link in the technology value chain, Ingram Micro creates sales and profitability opportunities for vendors and resellers through unique marketing programs, outsourced logistics services, technical support, financial services, and product aggregation and distribution. The company serves 150 countries and is the only broad-based global IT distributor with operations in Asia. Visit http://www.ingrammicro.com/.
Ingram Micro Inc.
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