Saturday, May 22, 2010

Environmental Revolution: Technology Certification

To be a certified green, forward looking technology manufacturers are using safer materials to replace those that are toxic. Many of the materials traditionally associated with the manufacturing of technology are toxic. Standards are key to the widespread adoption of technology manufacturing that uses less toxic materials.

There are two widely recognized systems for technology certification, they are abreviated as RoHS and EPEAT. Both analyze the materials used in technologies to determine their environmental safety.

The Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) is one of the most stringent technology certifications, it establishes European standards.

The US technology certification system is known as the Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT). This tool is a bit more stringent than European standards. Although it complies with RoHS directives, it includes additional standards.

The EPEAT certification system aims to restrict mercury, lead, hexavalent chromium, cadmium, polybrominated (fire retardant) biphenyls and polybrominated diphenyl ethers.

Technology is a critical component of the green economy and certification systems are helping to standardize the criterion for green technologies.

© 2010, Richard Matthews. All rights reserved.

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