Update on EPEAT

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.

About the Author: David Lear

David Lear serves as the Vice President of Dell’s sustainability programs, and works to create long-term stakeholder value and opportunities by integrating economic, social, and environmental responsibility into Dell’s core business strategies. His team engages key stakeholders including customers, NGOs, regulators, industry groups, and agencies to collaborate on global policy and standards development. This includes managing strategic giving and community partnerships that demonstrate the enabling power of technology to drive both business and sustainability outcomes. David joined Dell in 2006 as Director of Product Safety and Environmental Affairs, responsible for the delivery of Dell global product compliance programs. Previously, Lear served in various roles in design and manufacturing in the Test & Measurement industry, where he specialized in the development of product technologies. David holds a BS in Chemistry and Biology from Missouri State University, and a MBA from the University of Indianapolis.