The inventor of the vapor phase soldering process, Dr. Pfahl holds nine U.S. patents in electronics manufacturing technology. He has received multiple awards for his contributions to manufacturing and the environment, including the United States EPA Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award, the Electronic Goes Green Award from the
“Bob is a stellar addition to the EPEAT PVC and will bring an important voice to the discussion surrounding product declarations,” said
Dr. Pfahl’s 35-year career includes positions as Vice President of Global Operations at the International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (iNEMI), a not-for-profit consortium of electronics manufacturers, suppliers, associations, government agencies and universities whose mission is to reduce the environmental impact of electronic products; Director of International and
All members of the EPEAT PVC are independent experts on electronics and the environment. They are contractors to EPEAT, and their pay is independent of their decisions. PVC members are required to maintain independence from any EPEAT-participating manufacturers or any Product Registration Entities. They determine conformance based on evidence collected and evaluated by outside auditors, and they are blind to the identity of the manufacturers and products being reviewed.
EPEAT is used as an environmental purchasing requirement by eight national governments, including
The EPEAT system rates products on a lifecycle 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, among other criteria. The EPEAT PVC bases its decisions on environmental criteria that are developed during multi-year, multi-stakeholder consensus processes that engage representatives from the environment, research, government 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 13 million U.S. vehicles’ annual impact, avoided more than 463,000 metric tons of hazardous waste and reduced solid waste by nearly 216,000 metric tons – equivalent to nearly 112,000 U.S. households’ annual waste.
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