Choosing an environmentally sensitive PC is easy – if you understand the lingo. Here is our jargon-buster to help you decipher the code. If you come across any green acronyms or words you want explained, just comment on this post and we’ll do our best to find out for you and explain.
- ENERGY STAR. A US government program that rates products according to their energy efficiency. Read more about eco-labels.
- EPEAT. The Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool. Another US government programme that assesses the overall environment performance of a product against 23 required criteria and 28 optional ones. This is a list of HP EPEAT qualified products in the UK.
- FTSE4Good. This index measures corporate social responsibility in an objective way.
- IT Eco Declaration. This is a standard declaration that allows buyers to compare the environmental impact of similar products. Many HP products have accompanying IT Eco Declarations.
- BFR. Brominated flame retardants. HP is getting rid of these in its computer products
- PVC. Polyvinyl chloride, often used as insulation in power cables. We’re also getting rid of this. See HP’s Global Citizenship website for more information on ‘materials of concern’.
- MTBF. Mean time between failures. The higher the number, the more reliable and long-lasting something is.
- WEEE. The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive. HP Planet Partners offers an easy way to recycle any brand of computer equipment and it’s available in 36 countries.
- RoHS. Reduction of Hazardous Waste. See HP statement on RoHS.