- About EPEAT
In response to questions from a number of participating manufacturers about recycling requirements across geographies and product categories, GEC staff have developed a brief document discussing the EPEAT system’s End of Life environmental performance requirements. The document briefly covers the currently approved standards for use with IE and TV registrations, and may clarify what steps are needed to register in new countries. Please review the document, which is permanently available on our Recycling Resources page, and ask your colleagues to do the same.
Recognizing Excellence in Green Procurement of Electronics. Applications accepted through April 6, 2015.
Does your organization use EPEAT to source environmentally preferable electronics? If so, consider applying for the first annual EPEAT Purchaser Awards, which recognize the efforts of those driving environmental improvements through environmentally preferable electronics purchasing.
Applications are being accepted through April 6 for the 2015 EPEAT Purchaser Awards. All organizations that purchase EPEAT-registered products are eligible.
The Outcomes Report for Personal Computers and Displays Verification Round PC-2014-04 is now available, and can be found here. This Round focused on packaging take-back and reuse, and examined two optional criteria– 126.96.36.199 (Provision of take-back program for packaging) and 188.8.131.52 (Documentation of reusable packaging).
Verification Round TV-2014-02 occurred in 2014. The Outcomes Report for this round can be found here. This report provides the detailed results of the Verification Round. In this round four Level 1, sixteen Level 2 and ten Level 3 investigations were completed. The Level 2 and Level 3 investigations were conducted by a laboratory. Take a minute to review the Outcomes Report especially the key lessons section for important information.
The Green Electronics Council today began accepting nominations for its 2015 Catalyst Awards, a global celebration of innovative solutions and tangible environmental accomplishments throughout the lifecycle of electronic technologies. Organizations and individuals may now submit their nomination online.
The inaugural Catalyst Awards recognize electronics and related infrastructures’ positive impact on the circular economy, where circular economy is defined as “an economic system that is safe and restorative by intention and seeks to eradicate waste through the careful design, manufacture, use and handling of products and components.”
Any organization, individual, or combination of organizations and individuals collaborating may apply for an Award. Nominations must focus on the greening of electronics and be for products, processes, policies and programs launched during the past five years. Winning entries must exist in the public domain at the time of submission.
Catalyst Award winners will be honored during the Green Electronics Council’s Emerging Green Conference in September 2015 and in related marketing efforts. Emerging Green is the premiere international green-electronics conference in 2015, providing global technology leaders an opportunity to discuss the advances, challenges and role of electronics in the circular economy.
“As we look to the future of green electronics, it’s important to also reflect upon and recognize the environmental accomplishments the community has already achieved,” said Robert Frisbee, Green Electronics Council CEO. “The Catalyst Awards do just that, rewarding those solutions whose practicality and impact can be an inspiration for the next generation of innovators.”
Each Catalyst Award nomination must include both an Executive Summary and a larger section that addresses the submission’s positive impact on the circular economy, its innovation compared to existing solutions, and its viability from both an economic and resource standpoint.
Catalyst Award winner(s) will be selected a Judging Committee composed of third-party experts. This Committee will be selected and managed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Verification Round IE-2014-03 occurred in 2014. The Outcomes Report for this round can be found here. This report provides the detailed results of the Verification Round. In this round 24 Level 2 and Level 3 investigations were completed. The Verification Round was intended to assure conformance for imaging equipment through laboratory evaluation. Take a minute to review the Outcomes Report especially the key lessons section for important information.
The Verification Round Plan for PCs and Displays (Round PC-2015-01) is now available, and can be found here. In this Round, all products and criteria will be randomly chosen, and 75 Level 1 investigations are planned. The Round will begin in early March 2015.
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. Again, please contact Susan Herbert to schedule an individual training session.
Download: Round PC-2015-01 Verification Plan
The Green Electronics Council, which operates the EPEAT Registry, today issued a Call for Presentations for the Green Electronics Council’s Emerging Green Conference 2015. From September 22-24 in Portland, Oregon, USA, global technology leaders will convene at Emerging Green to discuss the advances, challenges and role of electronics in the circular economy. Individuals interested in presenting may submit their abstracts online.
With the overall theme of “Electronics in the Circular Economy,” Emerging Green 2015 will be comprised of multiple tracks that address key issues for electronics and sustainability. Possible focus areas may include “Critical Materials Management,” “Next-Gen Products and Sustainability,” E-Waste and Recycling,” “Greening with Electronics” and “Electronics and Emerging Economies.”
“Emerging Green is the place to engage all stakeholders in meaningful dialogue about the future of green electronics,” said Robert Frisbee, Green Electronics Council CEO. “We look forward to hosting an international conference filled with presentations that shed light on the intersection of sustainability and electronics innovation.”
All stakeholders with an interest in green electronics should consider presenting at Emerging Green 2015. There is no application fee. Whether a member of industry, an environmental advocate, a researcher, a purchaser or a recycler, anyone who wishes to engage in meaningful dialogue about how electronics can be a cornerstone of a vibrant and healthy world is invited to submit a proposal. Emerging Green is an ideal conference at which to showcase success stories, propose innovative solutions and gain feedback from leading world experts.
Presentation abstracts will be accepted until May 1, 2015. A multi-stakeholder Program Committee comprised of volunteer experts in their field will review all qualified submissions. Proposals will be judged on five criteria: Innovation and Creativity, Relevance to Industry, Practicality of Implementation, Global Implications and the Committee’s Overall Impressions.
Applicants will be notified by July 1, 2015, whether their proposal has been accepted.
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