Update on EPEAT

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Today, members of the Dell team are joining industry colleagues for a Washington, D.C. press conference recognizing the progress of the Electronic Product Environment Assessment Tool (EPEAT) and efforts to increase the supply of EPEAT-registered green computers. Dell helped lead the development of EPEAT in 2006, which is something Tod talked about in his first post during the early days of Direct2Dell. We currently serve on its Board of Advisors and list 52 of our products with EPEAT to help purchasers from the public and private sectors make environmentally-responsible IT decisions. The press conference is being organized by White House Council on Environmental Quality Chairman Jim Connaughton and the Green Electronics Council.

EPEAT addresses several environmental categories, including reduction and elimination of environmentally sensitive materials, design for recycling, product longevity, energy efficiency, end-of-life management and packaging.  Our focus on designing and engineering our products to help prevent pollution and conserve natural resources throughout the system’s life is continually driving new product developments that can be EPEAT-listed. We believe EPEAT is a strong standard for domestic and international purchasers.

The success of EPEAT also demonstrates the value of consistent environmental standards. At Dell, the customer experience will always start with providing quality products at the best value and continue by partnering with customers to protect the environment throughout the product lifecycle.

While we have made great progress, we are committed to building on our climate protection initiatives, free global recycling and recovery programs for consumers, energy-efficient products and safe, environmentally-preferable materials.

As always, we encourage you to post comments here, or to visit IdeaStorm and post your thoughts and ideas on ways we can strengthen our commitment to a cleaner and healthy environment.

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4 thoughts on “Update on EPEAT

  1. Wow, I will never do business with this company again. Dell does NOT WANT TO HEAR FROM CUSTOMERS under any circumstances! There are no real email addresses anywhere on their multitudinous websites — they all fail to work. The contact us pages are all forms – no way to send them a suspect email TO ASSIST THEM in fraud prevention. Even Mr Lionel Menchaca who is shown with a photo on this “blog” and who also gives a false email address.

    I am (now) a FORMER customer of Dell who has received a phishing attempt email. Trying to do the right thing and report this to Dell, I have just now wasted 20 minutes searching their websites and chatting online with someone at Dell who was completely  useless to get me an email address for their fraud dept so I could make my voluntary report of suspect illegal activity. UNBELIEVABLE!!!! Oh well, that’s what I get for trying to do a good thing, guess I should realize no one cares…..

     

  2. Heya David,

    I think the global recycling and recovery programs are great works in progress, and look forward to a better and easier hardware recycling method. 

    I say this, because living in NYC, our local city sanitation makes PC hardware recyling a huge headache to do right.  Most homeowners just end up risking fines by dumping their old/nonfunctional hardware on the curb, and hope it’s gone by the time the garbage inspectors come around.

    Here, different components require (by law/local regulations) different methods of disposal/recycling.  Getting the proper information as to what components needs to go where is often difficult, and usually different answers to the same questions are given every time the local city or sanitation info lines are called.

    A perfect example of the biggest headache has to do with proper disposal/recyling of UPS batteries.  There’s only 1 very out of the way “local” drop off sanitation recycling location, that sometimes accepts them, and sometimes doesn’t. It’s really intended for car batteries and such.

    Sure, there are PC and battery recycling drives, but they are infrequent, and it’s not often an option to horde the old components until the next recycling drive occurs.

    Also, many of the centers, programs and non-profits that you would think accept functional PC donations, do not. They’ve become very picky about what hardware they accept, as they’ve been inundated with donations, or don’t have the resources to properly identify, sort and test incoming donations.

    So, the free global recycling is a fantastic idea. And one I applaud Dell for working on. Especially after Michael Dell’s announcement at CES, to make a goal of accepting all computer hardware, regardless of vendor.

    And, if you’re at the press conference being organized by White House Council on Environmental Quality Chairman Jim Connaughton, or a related function, perhaps you can mention some of the local PC recycling issues I’ve brought up here? Thanks.

      

  3. leena: My apologies if the link to my e-mail address did not work for some reason. I can assure you that it’s not a fake address. It really is my personal e-mail.

    Appreciate your attempt to help us to track down a phishing attempt. Believe I already received the one you’re referring to, but if you’d like to send it to me again, you can email me at: [email protected].

    Thanks again. 

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