Outcomes Report for IE-2014-02 Now Available

The end of Verification Round IE-2014-02 occurred this November 2014.  The Outcomes Report for this round can be found here.  This report provides the detailed results of the Verification Round.  In this round 40 Level 0 and Level 1 investigations were completed.  The Level 0 investigations involved the Qualified Verifier attempting to establish Conformance based on publicly available information, as applicable.  Within the 40 investigations several were focused on declarations of Not Applicable on the EPEAT Registry and whether those declarations met the requirements.  Take a minute to review the Outcomes Report especially the key lessons section for important information.

 IE-2014-02 Outcomes Report

PC and Displays Verification Round Plan PC-2014-04 – Level 1 investigations to be launched this week

The Plan for Verification Round PC-2014-04 is now available and can be found here. This Round will focus on packaging, and will address two optional criteria: 4.8.4.1 (Provision of take-back program for packaging) and 4.8.5.1 (Documentation of reusable packaging). Twenty-five (25) investigations are planned.

EPEAT has taken a “snapshot” of the Registry, which identifies the manufacturer declarations at that point in time. Using this “snapshot,” EPEAT has already selected products for investigation – only products declaring criterion 4.8.4.1 or 4.8.5.1 were selected. Subscribers will be notified on Friday, November 14, 2014 if their products were chosen.

To help Subscribers improve their understanding of the criteria and prepare documentation for this verification round, EPEAT will be holding an interactive training webinar on criteria 4.8.4.1 and 4.8.5.1. Three times are scheduled for the webinar – one each for European, North American and Asian business hours.

  • European Business Hours: Tuesday, November 18, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (15:00 – 17:00) CET – Register Now
  • North American Business Hours: Tuesday, November 18, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST – Register Now
  • Asian Business Hours: Wednesday, November 19, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM CST – Register Now

Additionally, EPEAT’s Online Learning Center has pre-recording training modules for every criterion in the 1680.1 standard, including 4.8.4.1 and 4.8.5.1. These modules are designed to de-mystify the criteria’s requirements, and to illustrate the types of information needed during a Verification Round. Participating manufacturers with questions about what information is needed to demonstrate conformance to a specific criterion may also want to review these modules. If you do not yet have access to the Training Center, please contact Andrea Desimone ([email protected]) and she will help you get started.

EPEAT 2.0: A Report from the Green Electronics Council about the First Stages

Seven years ago, a diverse group of stakeholders convened to determine a way to use market forces to advance the development of greener electronics. The result of this exercise was the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool, or EPEAT.

The EPEAT system was comprised of four core elements: an environmental leadership standard, a mechanism for brands to register their electronic products based on meeting the standards’ environmental performance criteria, a rigorous verification system for registered products, and a searchable database enabling purchasers to intuitively identify and compare registered devices.

In early 2014, the Green Electronics Council embarked on an initiative called “EPEAT 2.0.” This process, actively supported by all stakeholders, reflects GEC’s efforts to ensure EPEAT maintains its relevance, leadership and practicality amid the system’s worldwide adoption and expansion into new product categories.

EPEAT 2.0 represents the first step in an ongoing process of improvements to continue meeting stakeholders’ needs in the evolving world of electronics design and procurement. GEC has spent 2014 gathering, reconciling and analyzing feedback from Manufacturers, Purchasers and Non-Governmental Organizations.

Data and insights have been gathered using in-person meetings, virtual discussions, professional surveys and one-on-one feedback. This 17-page report summarizes the findings of these efforts.

Verification Round 2014-02 for Televisions Will Launch Next Week

The second Verification Round in 2014 for Televisions is set to begin within the next week.  In this round, a lab will evaluate two randomly chosen Television products and do Level 2 and Level 3 investigations on 14 criteria (as applicable).  In addition, this Round will include 4 investigations randomly selected using a random number generator to select both the criteria and the product.  All active Television Subscribers will be included in this round.

Learn more about Verification Round TV-2014-02

Final 2014 Imaging Equipment Verification Round Launches Next Week

The third and final Verification Round for Imaging Equipment is set to begin within the next week.  In this round, a lab will evaluate two randomly chosen Imaging Equipment products and do Level 2 and Level 3 investigations on 13 criteria (as applicable).  Imaging Equipment Subscribers who have previously been involved in this type of verification will not be included in this round.

Learn more about more about Verification Round IE-2014-03

POSITION: Conformity Assurance Manager

POSITION DETAILS:
• Full-time
• Salaried, exempt
• Located in downtown Portland, Oregon
• Reports to Executive Director, Registry Services

POSITION SUMMARY:
The Conformity Assurance Manager (CAM) will play a critical role in continuing EPEAT’s success as the definitive global registry for greener electronics by ensuring the accuracy of manufacturer declarations in the registry. The CAM will work closely with current staff to review and verify declarations made by subscribing manufacturers and to continue to refine and mature the processes for doing that.

ABOUT EPEAT:
EPEAT® is a comprehensive environmental rating that helps identify greener computers and other electronic equipment. The EPEAT system was conceived and developed through the collaboration of stakeholders from the business, advocacy, government and academic arenas. EPEAT is used by hundreds of companies, universities and government agencies in dozens of countries. Its rigorous requirements and searchable product database let buyers bypass marketing hype and confusing specifications. For participating manufacturers, EPEAT is a chance to showcase and validate greener designs and cleaner production. EPEAT is a not-for-profit organization.

Since EPEAT’s founding as a working system in 2006 the system has been focused on PC products. Stakeholders recently passed standards for Imaging Equipment (printer-like products) and for TVs. The new CAM will work closely with current staff as those products are added to the registry and support subscribers as they begin to register products to those standards.

More information is available at http://www.epeat.net/

ACCOUNTABILITIES:

Desk Review

  • Timely review declarations of conformance made by new participating manufacturers before those declarations appear on the public registry

Verification

  • Develop an annual verification plan and budget
  • Plan specific rounds of verification
  • Coach and manage Qualified Verifiers (QVs) in the conduct of verification investigations
  • Review the QVs’ recommendations, present them to the Product Verification Committee (PVC), and facilitate the PVC to conformity decisions
  • Manage the subscriber corrective action process in response to nonconformances
  • Draft and publish the verification round outcomes reports

Technical Support/Investigation

Process Management and Improvement

  • Work closely with the other CAM and with the Quality Management System Specialist to document and refine the processes for assuring credibility
  • Facilitate the development and approval of the Conformity Assessment Protocols and other technical guidance documents

QUALIFICATIONS:

Required

  • Bachelors degree
  • Experience with certification or conformity assurance
  • Experience with environmental issues related to electronics such as eco-labels or environmental product regulations

Preferred

  • Advanced degree in a relevant field such as Engineering, Business, or Environmental Law
  • 10 years experience managing product conformity assurance/certification activities in an ISO Guide 65 accredited organization
  • Experience in the electronics industry
  • Experience with Life Cycle Analysis, familiarity with Life Cycle Thinking
  • Passionate about EPEAT’s mission
  • Professional and personal attributes:
  • Team player, respectful, approachable
  • Service oriented
  • Good judgment
  • Flexible, creative
  • Detail oriented
  • Crisp thinker regarding conformity, decisive
  • Process oriented, organized
  • Clear and concise communicator, both written and verbal

COMPENSATION: Salary commensurate with experience

BENEFITS: Paid time off, comprehensive medical and dental insurance, employer contributions to retirement plan.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Submit a cover letter and résumé specifically focused on your qualifications for this position to EPEAT’s Executive Assistant, Julia Bulfin: [email protected] . Include in your cover letter details demonstrating you meet each of the qualifications described above. No phone calls please.

APPLICATION PERIOD: EPEAT may make a selection at any time.

Recycling Today: Desire for Closed Loops Creates Demand

Original article at recyclingtoday.com

The collection of obsolete electronics for recycling has grown considerably in the past 15 years, and just as importantly computer product OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) are beginning to specify recycled plastic in an increasing number of new components.

According to Bill Long, president of Square Peg Industries LLC, Las Vegas, OEMs have started to show “preference given to [the use of] postconsumer resins,” in part tied to their seeking a high rating for products on the EPEAT rating system.

EPEAT, said Long, has been “the key driver” in the market for some recycled-content resins, with some secondary resins “exceeding the price of virgin [resin] because of OEM demand for postconsumer resin to meet the EPEAT gold standard,” according to Long.

“Recycled engineered plastics command a price premium,” said Long in a presentation at the 2014 Paper & Plastics Recycling Conference. He said the engineering resins found most commonly in obsolete electronics include ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene), PC (polycarbonate), PC/ABS and HIPS (high-impact polystyrene).

Clouding the picture for electronics and plastics recyclers is the changing nature of technology, said Long, noting that while smartphones and tablet sales are spiking, sales of notebook and desktop computers have leveled off. Smartphones, added Long, contain “a challenging mix of plastics.”

Jonathan Levy of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Inc. (ISRI), Washington, provided attendees with an update on ISRI’s effort to expand its list of plastic scrap specifications.

ISRI currently has specifications written for several types of plastic bottles, containers, bulky rigid plastics, buckets and drums. Its Plastics Division Specifications Committee is currently working on specifications for plastic films, with tentative plans calling for eight film grades ranging from premium to C grade and including MRF (material recovery facility), grocery and agricultural film grades.

Levy told attendees that ISRI’s specifications are intended to be used as “guidelines that provide a common vernacular” and that they are designed to be flexible. “You’re just using this as your starting point,” he commented.

ISRI’s scrap metal and paper specifications have been in place for decades and are used globally in the trading of those secondary commodities.

Levy said ISRI is seeking input on additional specifications from throughout the plastics recycling supply chain and urged attendees to contact him at [email protected] if they would like to be involved in the specifications formation process. “If you’re seeing [a material] out there, you’re seeing what all of our members are seeing,” noted Levy.

The 2014 Paper & Plastics Recycling Conference is Oct. 8-10 at the Marriott Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile.

New Clarification Published relating to Imaging Equipment Criteria 4.5.2.1, 4.5.2.2 and 4.7.3.1

A Clarification has been published for Imaging Equipment criteria 4.5.2.1, 4.5.2.2 and 4.7.3.1 due to several questions from Subscribers regarding the relationship of these criteria to EcoLeaf.  This Clarification examines EcoLeaf requirements to determine if meeting these requirements also means Subscribers meet criteria 4.5.2.1, 4.5.2.2 and 4.7.3.1. Clarification 32 can be found here.

 

PC/Display Verification Round Plan PC-2014-03 – Level 1 investigations to be launched this week

The Verification Round Plan for PCs and Displays (Round PC-2014-03) is now available. In this Round, all products and criteria will be randomly chosen, and 70 Level 1 investigations are planned. The Round Plan can be found here.

EPEAT’s Online Learning Center has pre-recording training modules for every criterion in the 1680.1 standard. These modules are designed to de-mystify the standard’s requirements, and to illustrate the types of information needed during a Verification Round. Participating manufacturers with questions about what information is needed to demonstrate conformance to a specific criterion may want to review these modules. If you do not yet have access to the Training Center, please contact Andrea Desimone and she will help you get started.

EPEAT is also happy to provide participating manufacturers with individual training sessions on what is needed to show conformance for specific criteria. Please contact Susan Herbert to schedule an individual training session.