3 Million 'Green' Devices Sold In India: Study
Nearly 3 million (2,962,734) electronic products sold in India in last one year are greener as per the EPEAT, the definitive global rating system for greener electronics, in India. Brands like Acer, Dell, HP, Ricoh and Bangalore-based VXL Instruments are few of the products registered under the EPEAT.
Since July 2014, the number of EPEAT-compliant devices has risen from 145 % and display models to 266% and display models and 35 copiers, printers and multi-function devices, bringing the total number of India registrations to 301 – a 108% increase since the program’s inception.
EPEAT is a year old rating system in India, which is working closely Green Electronics Council and the Confederation of Indian Industry’s Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development.
These products’ environmentally sensitive design, energy efficient functioning and responsible management support at end-of-life will result in significant environmental benefits and energy savings over their lifetime.
“We partnered with GEC to launch EPEAT in India and introduce this useful tool to enhance the environmental stewardship of Indian Industry and to also provide an opportunity for them to come at-par with globally recognized product standards,” said Seema Arora, Executive Director of the CII-CESD.
“We look forward to continuing our partnership with GEC to sensitize Indian Industry, including bulk consumers, about greening their electronics purchasing and ICT operations.”
Electronics producers in India have welcomed the opportunity to certify their products’ environmental attributes. Bulk consumers in Indian government and enterprise sectors are increasingly looking to EPEAT specifications to identify high-performance, environmentally preferable computers, monitors, copiers and printers, integrating EPEAT specifications in a growing number of public and private tenders in India for electronic products.
“The Indian electronics hardware sector is not only growing rapidly but also maturing in terms of its involvement with sustainability,” said Anwar Shirpurwala, Executive Director of MAIT.
“EPEAT provides our members with a very useful framework for quantifying and communicating environmental value to their customers. We expect use of the EPEAT system will continue to expand rapidly in India for that reason.”
“As an India-based company, VXL has found EPEAT registration to be an important qualification for Global market access, given the numbers of potential customers who require compliance with this global standard. We are very happy that EPEAT is also available to help Indian consumers simply and easily improve their environmental performance through procuring environmentally superior products. Furthermore, as we look to the future, we remain committed to the expansion of EPEAT registered products as part of our ongoing sustainable environmental strategy,” said Arun Bhuwania, Chairman, VXL Instruments.
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