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.

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