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Ratings of the greenest products and services

Finding the Greenest Digital Signage

Digital signage is now deployed everywhere, but large digital billboards can consume up to 30X the electricity of a typical American home. Despite the grow of digital signage and its environmental footprint, only one organization rates digital signage and only one company gets top marks.

Finding the Greenest Televisions

The January 2019 Consumer Electronic Show (CES) gave a Sustainability and Eco-design award to the LG 55E9 55-inch E9 OLED 4K TV. CES noted the model was "...made of eco-friendly and recyclable materials including natural glass."

The LG 55E9 is not listed in the EPEAT Televisions Registry, but the listed LG models are all registered as 'Bronze'. In fact, the entire EPEAT Televisions Registry is still disappointing. There are no Gold units for the United States and only 26 Silver, all from Samsung.

Finding the Greenest Printers

There is no excuse for an American and Western European organizations not to purchase a GreenICT printer. There are hundreds of models to choose from in both regions. But consumers have to settle for less-green units.

Finding the Greenest Computer Monitors and Projectors

There are hundreds of green-certified computer displays available and available models in most categories have increased since 2017. Here is how to find the most sustainable displays, including projectors, listed by international certification services.

Finding the Greenest Desktops

A look at major certification programs in the United States and Europe shows a significant increase in the number of certified models over the past few years. Desktops, workstations, and related configurations are a declining market, so it is a positive sign that manufacturers are still certifying their latest products.

Finding the Greenest Mobile Phones

Resources for responsible phone purchasing have not improved significantly in the past year. Apple and Samsung offer the best options in the United States. Fairphone is a good option for Europeans.

Finding the Greenest Tablets

The availability of tablets suitable for Green ICT purchasing continues to improve, with nine manufacturers offering over one hundred top-ranked models.

Finding the Greenest Set-top Boxes

The US ENERGY STAR program looks only at energy efficiency and not other sustainability factors. Eleven set-top boxes (STBs) from four manufacturers came in at less than 44W or less in the program's Total Energy Consumption (TEC) metric. The absence this time of several manufacturers who had previously registered models under 30W makes this a shorter list. Apple TV* is by far and away the most efficient, helped by its very low stand-by power consumption.

The European Union has a program for STB energy efficiency and we've listed the manufacturers that signed its Code of Conduct.

Finding the Greenest Office Equipment

Many of the Green ICT certification and registration sites cover categories of office equipment other than the major ones for which we publish separate articles. (See list to the right.) We just added remanufactured toner cartridges, telephone systems, and multiple outlet strips.

Green ICT in Europe: Too Many Local Standards Listing Too Few Products

We found back in 2010 that the European market for Green ICT products had many local standards with few certified products. That did not appear to best serve sustainability-oriented computer buyers - consumer or enterprise - who need to make practical purchasing decisions incorporating sustainability. The situation has not improved in recent years.

Our recent update of Finding the Greenest Tablets illustrates the continuing challenges for conscientious buyers trying to sort through standards.

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