Sustainable Purchasing for Schools

The Healthy Schools Network, a not-for-profit group dedicated to being the voice for environmental health in schools and a recognized leader in the healthy schools movement, has released a “Healthy Purchasing for Healthy Schools” Guidance Memo. The memo provides a host of tools and resources for administrators, teachers, and parents concerned with making healthy purchasing decisions that are good for students and the school environment.

PC/Display Verification Round Plan PC-2014-01 – to be launched in late September 2014

The Verification Round Plan for PCs and Displays (Round PC-2014-01) is now available. This Round will focus on Level 2 and 3 investigations. Products in Europe and Asia will be purchased without the knowledge or participation of the manufacturer, and disassembled, inspected and tested to verify conformance with four required criteria (4.3.1.3, 4.3.1.4, 4.3.1.5, and 4.8.2.1) and six optional criteria (4.1.8.1, 4.3.1.6, 4.3.1.7, 4.3.2.1, 4.3.2.2 and 4.8.2.2). A maximum of seventy investigations are planned, and the Round will begin late September 2014.

Round PC-2014-01 Verification Plan

Green Purchasing Best Practices

Is your organization thinking about implementing a green purchasing practice for electronics? Watch this pre-recorded webinar, hosted by The Responsible Purchasing Network, The State Electronics Challenge and the Green Electronics Council, to learn more about how to specify EPEAT in your policies and purchasing contracts and why it is so important. The webinar covers all EPEAT categories, with a special emphasis on Imaging Equipment.

Slates / Tablets and their Place in EPEAT

EPEAT users noticed a new addition to the Registry last week, as a “slates and tablets” subcategory was incorporated into the Computers & Displays category. These products became eligible for EPEAT registration when ENERGY STAR released a new version of its Computers Specification. The update specifically made slates, tablets and all-in-one computers eligible for ENERGY STAR and, thus, eligible for EPEAT.

We are pleased at Participating Manufacturers’ enthusiasm to register these new products. In less than one week more than 100 slates/tablets have been registered in EPEAT, and we expect to see many more in the weeks and months to come. These products are an exciting addition to EPEAT and an important step into reducing the environmental impacts of a major new product type. We are confident the new products are leaders in their category.

With that said, we cannot with equal enthusiasm endorse the IEEE 1680.1 standard that forms the basis for the Computers and Displays category. The standard, created in a joint and multi-stakeholder process that Green Electronics Council (GEC) endorsed, is more than eight years old.  When it was created, slates and tablets as we know them today were not yet conceived. The environmental strengths and concerns of these products were not yet known, so the existing standard does little to reward the innovation possible from an environmental point of view.

GEC has no latitude to disqualify or change standards except through their original publisher. It is clear in the case of new technologies like slates that an eight-year-old standard cannot represent true environmental leadership.

Efforts are underway at IEEE to revise the 1680.1 standard. These are long overdue. We commend and thank all stakeholders who are participating in the update process. It will be through this hard work that stakeholders can bring the standard up to the leadership level expected for all EPEAT product categories.  This will in turn empower purchasers worldwide to reward environmentally superior slates. GEC stands ready to support efforts to get an updated standard into the hands of the purchasing public as soon as possible.

Robert Frisbee
CEO, Green Electronics Council

Recap: EPEAT at the Green Sports Alliance Summit

From July 21-23, Green Electronics Council (GEC) staff hosted an EPEAT booth at the 2014 Green Sports Alliance Summit. The Green Sports Alliance is a non-profit with a mission to help sports teams, venues and leagues enhance their environmental performance. Alliance members represent more than 230 sports teams and venues from 20 different sports leagues.

The Alliance’s annual Summit provides sports team executives, venue operators and environmental leaders an opportunity to exchange best practices and to develop cost-competitive, innovative solutions to their environmental challenges.

EPEAT 2014 Green Sports Alliance Booth Photo 1

GEC organized a booth at the 2014 Summit to increase the “environmentally preferable” profile of EPEAT Participating Manufacturers among the purchasing and sustainability arms of sports teams and leagues.

Five leading brands provided EPEAT-registered products to be showcased in the EPEAT booth:

  • Dell
  • HP
  • Lenovo
  • LG
  • Toshiba

These Participating Manufacturers and their 10 combined products represented all three categories of the EPEAT Registry: PCs and Displays, Imaging Equipment and Televisions.

Team, league and facility representatives could experience the EPEAT-registered products in the booth throughout the Summit’s three days. In addition, GEC staff had the opportunity to say a few words during the Summit’s “Sustainable Purchasing and Sourcing at Sports Venues and Events” breakout session.

EPEAT 2014 Green Sports Alliance Booth Photo 2

This event marked the first time an EPEAT exhibit included live product demonstrations. Thanks to the support of Dell, HP, Lenovo, LG and Toshiba, Green Sports Alliance members saw firsthand that “greening” their electronics purchases does not require sacrificing quality. It also helped make the Registry “real” for purchasing organizations that may not have otherwise heard of the EPEAT system.

Personal Computers and Displays Verification Round Plan PC-2014-02 – Level 1 investigations to be launched in early August 2014

The Verification Round Plan for PCs and Displays (Round PC-2014-02) is now available. This Round will investigate two required criteria (4.4.1.1 and 4.5.1.1), and will include Level 0 and Level 1 investigations. Seventy-five (75) investigations are planned.

In Level 0 investigations, Qualified Verifiers will examine publicly available information to determine if conformance can be established. The Level 0 investigations require no manufacturer participation, and have already been completed.

For those Level 0 investigations in which information was not available or was inconclusive, the Qualified Verifiers will proceed with a Level 1 investigation and will be contacting manufacturers for documentation to support conformance.

Download Round PC-2014-02 Verification Plan

EPEAT Clarification #26 Regarding 4.6.1.2 for Imaging Equipment and Televisions has Been Revised

Based on new questions regarding 4.6.1.2 from a Subscriber, EPEAT Clarification #26 regarding 4.6.1.2 for Imaging Equipment and Televisions has been revised.  The document adds information about the reporting requirements based on different local or federally mandated types of programs.

Download Revised Clarification #26

First 2014 Television Verification Round – Level 1 Investigations Launching in July

The first Television Verification Round of 2014 will launch in July.  This round consists of two phases: Level 2 investigations in which Qualified Verifiers reviewed publicly available information to assess conformance.  The Level 2 investigations required no Subscriber participation and have already been completed.  The PVC recommendations for these Level 2 investigations were broken up into two categories.  The recommendations could be 1) Conformance – in which case no Subscriber action is required or 2) Inconclusive – in which case the Level 2 investigation will now move to a Level 1 investigation.  Investigation Reports have been created for all Level 2 investigations. Some of the criteria did not lend themselves to reviewing publicly available data. These criteria will only be investigated via Level 1.

Download the Verification Round Plan TV-2014-01

 

EPEAT® Environmental Rating System Debuts in India

Indian purchasers can now use the procurement tool to select greener electronics from world-leading manufacturers.

Delhi – July 23, 2014 – The Confederation of Indian Industry’s Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development (CESD) today celebrated the Indian debut of the EPEAT® environmental-rating system for electronics with an event in Delhi co-hosted with the Green Electronics Council. CII convened representatives from the electronics industry, enterprise purchasers, government and Indian civil society in a discussion of how EPEAT can support and reinforce Indian efforts to reduce the environmental impacts of electronics. The Green Electronics Council, the U.S-based non-profit organization that manages the EPEAT system encouraged attendees from all stakeholder groups to continue thinking creatively

For eight years, EPEAT ratings have helped companies, governments and consumers around the world compare and purchase greener devices, resulting in significant environmental benefits. India is the 43rd country in which EPEAT registration and verification services are now available to help purchasers select products that reduce their environmental impact.

“Indian purchasers now have a way to easily and reliably identify greener electronics, joining with others around the world to reward the development of more environmentally sound devices,” said Robert Frisbee, CEO of the Green Electronics Council. “Considering the size and scope of the Indian electronics market, we are excited about the environmental benefits that will flow from today’s opening of EPEAT for India.”

EPEAT, which stands for “Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool,” rates products on a lifecycle basis. The system addresses the elimination of toxic substances, the use of recycled and recyclable materials, product design for recycling, product longevity, energy efficiency, corporate performance and packaging attributes, as well as requiring manufacturer responsibility for collection and responsible recycling of all registered devices. Manufacturers must register their products in EPEAT on a country-by-country basis to ensure all product and service criteria are supported and verified for local markets. (More at www.epeat.net )

“Indian industry and enterprise use ICT products to create new efficiencies and sustainability benefits,” said Seema Arora, Executive Director of CII-CESD. “The availability of EPEAT registration will enable bulk-consumers of ICT products to increase the net benefit of these activities by easily identifying and selecting environmentally responsible products.”

Dell and HP have already registered 146 PC and Display products in India, VXL Instruments of Bangalore has joined the EPEAT system as a Participating Manufacturer and other manufacturers are preparing to register. The EPEAT system currently rates PCs and Displays, Televisions and Imaging Equipment (printers, copiers, scanners etc.), with standards for Servers and Mobile Phones in development. At present, India registrations include Desktops, Notebooks, Workstations, Thin Clients and Displays. Devices will be continually added to the Registry as they are deemed compliant with EPEAT’s environmental requirements.

“The ICT sector in India is very concerned with the environmental impacts of product design, manufacturing and end of life recovery” said Anwar Shirpurwala, Executive Director of MAIT (formerly known as the Manufacturers Association for Information Technology). “Participation in programmes such as EPEAT will support Indian manufacturers’ ability to reap market rewards in both internal and external markets based on their products’ environmental performance. It shall enable provision of globally accepted, transparent and effective methods to ensure greener electronics.”

To qualify for the EPEAT Registry, electronic devices must meet at between 23- 33 required environmental performance criteria based on product category. Products achieve higher ratings by meeting up to 29 additional optional criteria. The ratings criteria were developed during multi-year stakeholder consensus processes that have involved hundreds of representatives from the environmental, research, governmental and manufacturing sectors, as well as public and private bulk consumers.

“Customers are looking for simple ways to make comparisons between products and their environmental qualities. Dell helps its customers make those assessments easily through our commitment to a wide range of EPEAT product registrations,” says Michael Murphy, Executive Director Worldwide Regulatory Compliance & Environmental Affairs at Dell. “EPEAT-registered products are a global solution reflecting our own environmental sustainability principles and we are proud to expand our EPEAT product registrations to the Indian market.”

EPEAT’s environmental rating system is used as a purchasing requirement by eight national governments, including the United States Federal government, and thousands of other purchasers worldwide to obtain products that meet strict environmental criteria that support more effective recycling, reduced energy consumption, longer product life and reduced toxicity. Purchase contracts that require EPEAT registration exceed $65 billion in purchasing value. More than 50 manufacturers participate across more than 40 countries. More than 600 million EPEAT-registered products have been purchased since the Registry debuted in July 2006.

I’m proud that my district is home to this organization that is making such a difference, not just in the US but around the world. The U.S. government is leading by example by embracing EPEAT standards for purchasing greener electronics, and I’m eager to see the positive impact of the expanded EPEAT registry,” said U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer. “We need to create new paths to environmental success stories that rely on creativity not restriction, science not politics and incentive not penalty. EPEAT’s success shows that a cooperative, reward-based approach can move markets and that diverse stakeholders working together can be true catalysts for change. The alliances the Green Electronics Council is building in India demonstrate how leadership through collaboration can be a powerful tool for global progress.”

 

Since 2006, purchasers choosing EPEAT-registered electronics over products that don’t meet the system’s criteria have eliminated greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 11 million U.S. vehicles’ annual impact, avoided more than 394,000 metric tons of hazardous waste and reduced solid waste by nearly 167,000 metric tons – equivalent to  nearly 86,000 U.S. households’ annual waste.

About EPEAT

EPEAT is the definitive global registry for greener electronics. The registry includes the most products from the broadest range of manufacturers and spans the widest array of countries. EPEAT combines strict, comprehensive criteria for design, production, energy use and recycling with ongoing independent verification of manufacturer claims. More than 533 million EPEAT-registered products have been sold worldwide since 2006, resulting in significant environmental benefits. EPEAT was developed through a stakeholder consensus process and is managed by the Green Electronics Council, a non-profit organization based in Portland, Oregon. Learn more at epeat.net.

Outcomes Report for Personal Computers and Displays Verification Round PC-2013-05 is now available

The Outcomes Report for Personal Computers and Displays Verification Round PC-2013-05 is now available, and can be found here. This Round consisted of Level 2 investigations on three required criteria (4.3.1.3, 4.3.1.5 and 4.8.2.1) and five optional criteria (4.3.1.6, 4.3.1.7, 4.3.2.1, 4.3.2.2 and 4.8.2.2).

Download the Outcomes Report Round PC-2013-05