Kodak’s Alaris Division Registers the Most Scanners on the EPEAT Registry of Greener Electronics

EPEAT_logo_959_487_cyThe Green Electronics Council reports today that 13 devices from Kodak’s Alaris Document Imaging division are now included on the EPEAT Registry. EPEAT is a global rating system for promoting and qualifying greener electronics. Kodak Alaris’ EPEAT debut included 13 document scanners, more than any other manufacturer. The company plans to register additional imaging equipment as the devices comply with EPEAT’s environmental requirements.

The EPEAT system rates products on a life-cycle basis, addressing the elimination of toxic substances, the use of recycled and recyclable materials, their design for recycling, product longevity, energy efficiency, corporate performance and packaging, and other criteria.

EPEAT is used as an environmental purchasing requirement by eight national governments, including the United States, and is integrated into hundreds of municipal, educational, healthcare, and enterprise IT contracts worldwide. For more than six years, EPEAT says its ratings have helped companies, governments and consumers compare and purchase greener PCs and monitors, resulting in significant environmental benefits. The EPEAT system expanded in February 2013 to include printers, copiers, scanners, and other imaging equipment.

Kodak Alaris’ document scanners are designed for a variety of environments, from small businesses to worldwide operations. KODAK Scanners (kodak.com/go/scannernews) rated by the Green Electronics Council include both production scanners for high-volume document processing and distributed scanners that enable departments and workgroups to more effectively capture and share information from paper-based documents. EPEAT-registered silver-rated production scanners include the KODAK i5800 Scanner, the KODAK i5200 and i5200V Scanners, the KODAK i5600 and i5600V Scanners and the KODAK i4000 Series Scanners. EPEAT registered distributed capture solutions include the full line of KODAK i2000 Series Scanners, the KODAK i3200 Scanner and the KODAK i3400 Scanner, all of which are bronze-rated.

To be added to the EPEAT Registry, an imaging device must meet at least 33 required environmental performance criteria. Products may achieve higher ratings by meeting up to 26 additional optional criteria. The rating criteria were developed during a four-year stakeholder consensus process that involved hundreds of representatives from the environmental, research, governmental, and manufacturing sectors.

More than 50 manufacturers have registered their “greener” PCs, monitors, copiers, printers, scanners and televisions in more than 40 countries. Since 2006, purchasers choosing EPEAT-registered electronics over products that don’t meet the system’s criteria have eliminated greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 11 million U.S. vehicles’ annual impact, avoided more than 394,000 metric tons of hazardous waste and reduced solid waste by nearly 167,000 metric tons – equivalent to  nearly 86,000 U.S. households’ annual waste.