People looking to reduce prices from energy suppliers could be interested in a new IT product registry that assesses the environmental ratings of computer equipment.
The Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) is designed to assess every element of a product's impact on the environment, from its manufacture through to how it is packaged and how it is disposed of at the end of its life.
In addition, the EPEAT is divided into three separate categories, with bronze, silver and gold ratings being awarded depending on the environmental impact of each product assessed.
Tashweka Anderson, sustainable IT business manager at Computacenter, a partner of EPEAT, said: "The EPEAT ratings tell you the product is handled throughout its lifecycle, covering things like manufacture, packaging and disposal. The ratings vary for each country, which is why the international registry is so important."
A recent survey from IBM Global Business Services found that despite young people being perceived as the most environmentally-conscious group in society, over half of 18 to 24-year-olds cannot identify the most efficient cheap energy household appliances.
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