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.

The EPEAT Gold units number ~530 multifunction machines and ~110 printers for the USA. This is an improvement over 2017, when last we looked.

It is important to note that these are largely business-class machines. I took a look at some recommended home printers and found none were Gold, even though manufacturers of those units offer Gold units for businesses.. Consumers on a budget will likely have to settle for Silver units.

EPEAT does not list a single Gold unit for Germany, France, United Kingdom or Italy, the most populous western European countries. There are EPEAT Silver models listed for Germany, France and United Kingdom.

Germany's The Blue Angel is a better source for European options, with more models than EPEAT Gold USA.

Nordic ECOlabel is another European resource, with ~240 models listed.

Sweden's TCO Certified program does not include printers


The EPEAT Gold units number ~490 multifunction machines and ~90 printers for the USA. This is a huge improvement over 2015, when last we looked.

It is more difficult to find desirable units in the rest of the world. EPEAT does have models registered for various countries, but you have to do a specific country search to find them. TCO does not certify printers and The Blue Angel only lists nine models. ECOlabel is a better source, with ~140 multifunction machines and ~30 printers listed.


Four manufactures offer over 150 EPEAT Gold models in the United States. This is a significant improvement over a year ago. Lanier and Savin now offer EPEAT Gold models and both top the list with most models, closely followed by Konica/Minolta. Epson appears to no longer offer EPEAT Gold models.

GOLD April 2015
Canon   6 printer models, 12 MFD models  
Konica Minolta   1 printer model, 28 MFD models  
Lanier   3 printer models, 32 MFD models  
Ricoh   2 printer models, 19 MFD models  
Savin   3 printer models, 32 MFD models  
Xerox   1 printer model, 12 MFD models  

'MFD' refers to 'multi-function device', a printer which has fax and/or scanner capabilities.