Environmental Revolution: Technology Certification

Technology is a critical component of thegreen economy. New certifications systems help to standardize the criterion for green technologies.

The Restriction of Hazardous Substances(RoHS) is one of the most stringent technology certifications, andis gaining recognition. The RoHS certification establishes Europeanstandards.

The US technology certification system is known asthe Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool(EPEAT). Thistool is a bit more stringent than European standards. Although itcomplies with RoHS directives, it includes additionalstandards. Both deeply analyze the materials used in technologies todetermine their environmental safety.

The EPEAT certification aims torestrict mercury, lead, hexavalent chromium, cadmium, polybrominated (fire retardant) biphenyls and polybrominated diphenyl ethers.

To be a certified green sometechnology manufacturers are using safer materials toreplace those that are toxic.