Follow the eco-labels
For a recent list of Dell products that are Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT)-registered and ENERGY STAR-qualified, visit our eco-label products listing. All commercial notebooks and many other Dell products can be configured to meet ENERGY STAR qualifications. In 2012, we became one of the first companies to offer EPEAT-registered printers. Be sure to check directly with each organization for the most up-to-date information.
Why look for the eco-label?
If you’re not exceedingly familiar with an environmental data sheet, it may be quicker or easier to use the various eco-labels as a benchmark for comparing attributes related to a product’s environmental impact. These standards are not set arbitrarily by us — they are developed and managed by independent entities, such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Green Electronics Council, Ecova and the Electric Power Research Institute. Dell works with each of these groups and others in the industry to continually move the standards forward, ensuring the integrity of their designations and making it easy for customers to choose the most energy-efficient or sustainable options.
ENERGY STAR — The mark for energy efficiency
|Since 1992, the U.S. Environmental protection Agency (EPA) has maintained its ENERGY STAR rating system to highlight energy-efficient products, helping us all save money and reduce emissions associated with electricity use. The mark can apply to desktops, laptops, servers, monitors and printers, as well as a wide range of products beyond computers.|
The EPA sets standards within all of these product categories and base qualification on meeting their standards under typical use. Recognizing the natural march toward greater energy efficiency as design improves, they revise the standards regularly, ensuring that ENERGY STAR represents the top 25 percent most efficient products in a category.
Well recognized in the U.S., the ENERGY STAR program provides a common global standard that allows countries such as the European Union, Japan and Korea to adopt the Energy Star framework.
|EPEAT — Sustainability simplified|
If you’re looking to go beyond energy efficiency, EPEAT is a great place to start. Recognizing the need for a simple way to define “greener electronics,” the Green Electronics Council created EPEAT as a comprehensive rating system that takes into account the environmental and social impacts of a product and its manufacturer.
Most EPEAT criteria apply to the registered products, while some address the manufacturer and their corporate performance. Categories include:
- Material choice
- Design for end of life and recyclability
- Product longevity
- Energy efficiency
- Recycling programs
- Corporate performance
While EPEAT does not cover every product category, it is easy to see how registered products have been measured against a comprehensive set of standards. Dell has long been involved with EPEAT and in 2012 registered products in Japan, Mexico, Switzerland and the United Kingdom for the first time. We have previously registered products in the U.S., Canada, France, Germany and Sweden.
We offer over 200 registered products globally and added imaging products for the first time 2012. Dell is also working with stakeholders to expand EPEAT categories to include servers and storage.
80 PLUS — Efficient power supplies
|The power supplies that convert AC power from electric utilities into DC power for computers and servers are one of the common sources of inefficiency. The conversion process typically loses some of the power that comes in as heat — this is why your power supply feels warm to the touch. The 80 PLUS designation requires power supplies to be at least 80 percent efficient in this conversion at various usage loads.|
The energy savings of even the basic 80 PLUS power supplies (saving 85 kilowatt-hours per desktop, 300 kilowatt-hours per server per year over non-80 PLUS power supplies) can be impressive. There are multiple levels of the designation representing increasingly efficient power supplies. Dell was the first original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to offer an 80 PLUS Titanium power supply (the highest level), which reaches 96 percent efficiency under a 50 percent load.
Strategically leading with labels
The eco-labels you see associated with our products are important to us because they provide a third-party standard that helps you make informed choices when you shop. Here’s a guide.