BANNOCKBURN, Ill. — WHAT: Two IEEE standards on setting criteria for environmentally preferable electronic equipment will soon be balloted. Although technically voluntary, these standards, under the Environmentally Preferable Electronics Assessment Tool (EPEAT) umbrella of standards, become de facto regulations due to President Obama’s Executive Order 13514 Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance that requires all government procurement to be certified to EPEAT.
Although these standards apply only to imaging equipment (1680.2) and televisions (1680.3), their impact on the electronics industry will be much broader. These standards will indirectly impact all electrical and electronic equipment by setting virtual standards for “environmental” electronics throughout the supply chain as well as establishing precedent for future IEEE EPEAT standards.
Despite their widespread impact, these standards have been developed by a small sector of the electronics industry. Being involved in the balloting process will give individuals the opportunity to ensure that the IEEE EPEAT standards maintain IEEE’s tradition of technically and scientifically based standards.
WHO: In order to vote, individuals must be members of the IEEE Computer Society and an IEEE Standards Association. Simple step-by-step instructions on joining and balloting are available at www.ipc.org/EPEAT-standards.
HOW: IEEE members can vote at https://development.standards.ieee.org/my-site/home by using their IEEE Web account user name and password, and following the simple step-by-step instructions listed at www.ipc.org/EPEAT-standards.
Non-IEEE members should visit www.ipc.org/EPEAT-standards for simple step-by-step instructions on joining and balloting.
MORE: Industry members should not let the complex balloting process deter them from providing their vital opinions on these standards. IPC is concerned that these standards, as currently drafted, fall short of IEEE’s tradition of technically and scientifically based standards and urges industry members to participate in the balloting process.