Verification Round Plan PC-2015-02 to be launched in early June 2015 – training available

The Plan for Verification Round PC-2015-02 is now available and can be found here. This Round will focus on one criterion (4.1.4.1) for which higher rates of higher non-conformance have occurred in previous Verification Rounds. This Round will also target specific criteria (4.3.2.2, 4.4.1.1 and 4.8.5.1) for which, in a previous investigation, a product was archived to restore the accuracy of the Subscriber’s declaration, but no further information was provided as to whether the issue causing the non-conformance impacted other registered products and if so, how this would be addressed with corrective actions. In total, thirty-five (35) 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. Subscribers will be notified on June 1, 2015 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 interactive training webinars on criteria 4.1.4.1, 4.3.2.2, 4.4.1.1, 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: June 3, 2015 at 16:00 CET/Amsterdam – Register Now
  • Asian Business Hours: June 4, 2015 at 9:00 CST/Beijing – Register Now
  • North American Business Hours: June 4, 2015 at 1:00PM EDT/New York – Register Now

Additionally, EPEAT’s Online Learning Center has pre-recording training modules for every criterion in the 1680.1 standard, including 4.1.4.1, 4.3.2.2, 4.4.1.1, 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 (ADesimone@greenelectronicscouncil.org) and she will help you get started.

 

China Quality Certification Centre (CQC) First to Join Expanded EPEAT PRE Network

Following a multi-year pilot program with five global organizations, the Green Electronics Council today expanded the network of EPEAT-approved PREs by qualifying the China Quality Certification Centre (CQC). CQC is the largest professional certification body in China. As a PRE (“Product Registration Entity”), CQC will work with manufacturers to identify whether their products meet the environmental requirements for inclusion in EPEAT, the definitive global rating system for green electronics.

“I am pleased to have CQC lead this expansion of the PRE network,” said Robert Frisbee, Green Electronics Council CEO. “Their certification knowledge and insight into Chinese manufacturers, coupled with a growing proficiency in sustainability issues, keeps the bar high as EPEAT continues gaining awareness in the world’s largest electronics markets.”

The EPEAT system evaluates electronics on a lifecycle basis, addressing their design for recycling, elimination of toxic substances, use of recycled and recyclable materials, longevity, energy efficiency and packaging, among other attributes. More than 50 manufacturers have registered products with EPEAT worldwide. The organizations in the PRE network are instrumental during the registration and verification processes to ensure products’ environmental attributes are accurately stated.

“We are very honoured to be a PRE of EPEAT,” said Kejiao Wang, President of CQC. “As a Chinese National Certificate Institute with 30 years of experience, we will take advantage of our industry expertise, staff capacity and customer resources to work with GEC and actively promote the EPEAT Registry to Chinese manufacturers. We would also learn from GEC’s sustainable development practices and professional experience with our global counterparts to promote green ‘Made in China’ products and upgrade our GHG emission standard.”

Though the EPEAT system debuted in 2006, the PRE pilot program did not launch until May 2012 as demand for registration and compliance services increased globally. Once registered in EPEAT, products are strictly monitored through verification rounds to ensure the accuracy and integrity of the Registry.

Over their lifetime, EPEAT-registered electronics purchased globally since 2006 will deliver significant environmental benefits compared to products not meeting EPEAT criteria. To date, purchasers choosing EPEAT-registered electronics over products that don’t meet the system’s criteria have eliminated enough mercury to fill 4.6 million fever thermometers, avoided more than 528,000 metric tons of hazardous waste, and reduced solid waste by the equivalent of 248,000 U.S. households’ annual waste.

China Quality Certification Centre (CQC) is a professional certification body under China Certification & Inspection Group (CCIC) approved by State General Administration for Quality Supervision and Inspection and Quarantine and Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People’s Republic of China. As the largest professional certification body in China, CQC evolved from the former China Commission for Conformity Certification of Electrical Equipment established in 1984. CQC’s core business involves product certification, including China Compulsory Certification (CCC), voluntary certification, management system certification and certification training services. It is also a state authorized third-party certification body for certification of energy saving, water saving and environmental friendly products. Learn more about CQC at this web page.

Recycled-Resin Manufacturer The Lavergne Group Becomes EPEAT Champion

The LAVERGNE GROUP INC., a leader in the manufacture of engineering resins, composites and alloys used in electronics, automobiles and office furniture, today announced its has committed to the EPEAT Champion program. EPEAT is the definitive global rating system for green electronics.  As an EPEAT Champion, The LAVERGNE GROUP will promote the EPEAT system and its positive environmental benefits to customers worldwide.

Customers of The LAVERGNE GROUP rely on the company’s quality engineering resins to produce parts for electronic applications such as ink cartridges, toner cartridge components and printer components. Meeting EPEAT certification requirements is key for LAVERGNE customers since it helps them demonstrate their commitment to responsible use of raw materials, including recycled materials, for their applications.

“We believe that if an industry has access to high-quality recycled materials, it makes their sustainability goals that much easier to achieve,” said Jean-Luc Lavergne, CEO of The LAVERGNE GROUP. “As we advance that theme with our own clients, we look forward to encouraging manufacturers and others to explore EPEAT, which is also focused on making environmental decisions easier for its users.”

The EPEAT system evaluates products on a lifecycle basis, addressing their design for recycling, elimination of toxic substances, use of recycled and recyclable materials, product longevity, energy efficiency and packaging, among other attributes. More than 50 manufacturers have registered products with EPEAT worldwide.

Several of LAVERGNE’s clients are among the manufacturers that have registered their devices in EPEAT. LAVERGNE’s products use recycled resins that are refined and formulated to produce high-performance engineering resins. Its CLIC Division (Closed Loop Innovation Company) further specializes in the development of plastics recovery processes and polymer separation and cleaning processes.

Over their lifetime, EPEAT-registered electronics purchased globally since 2006 will deliver significant environmental benefits compared to products not meeting EPEAT criteria. To date, purchasers choosing EPEAT-registered electronics over products that don’t meet the system’s criteria have eliminated enough mercury to fill 4.6 million fever thermometers, avoided more than 528,000 metric tons of hazardous waste, and reduced solid waste by the equivalent of 248,000 U.S. households’ annual waste.

Kaiser Permanente Earns Top Marks in 2015 EPEAT Purchaser Awards

The Green Electronics Council today announced during CleanMed that Kaiser Permanente is the first health-care system to win an EPEAT Purchaser Award. The EPEAT Purchaser Awards recognize excellence in the procurement of environmentally preferable electronics. Kaiser Permanente, one of the nation’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans, earned an award for buying laptops, desktops, tablets, monitors, printers and multifunction devices registered in the EPEAT rating system.

Thousands of purchasers worldwide have used EPEAT for more than eight years to select greener electronic products, achieving significant environmental benefits. For example, the lifecycle environmental benefit* of Kaiser Permanente’s purchase of EPEAT-registered products in 2014 will:

  • Deliver an estimated $7.9 million in cost savings from energy efficiency
  • Eliminate mercury use equivalent to more than 1,900 mercury fever thermometers
  • Reduce solid waste by nearly 750 metric tons, equivalent to 400 U.S. households’ annual waste generation
  • Prevent the release of nearly 8,500 metric tons of greenhouse gases, equivalent to removing more than 6,000 passenger cars from the road for a year

“Kaiser Permanente has long demonstrated its commitment to green procurement and continually sets a high bar for the health-care market,” said Robert Frisbee, CEO of the Green Electronics Council, which manages the EPEAT system. “We are pleased to recognize Kaiser Permanente with a 2015 EPEAT Purchaser Award, and we look forward to their ongoing commitment to procuring environmentally preferable electronics.”

EPEAT Purchaser Award recipients were recognized for their procurement efforts in up to three product categories – PCs and Displays, Imaging Equipment and Televisions – earning a star for each category in which they purchased environmentally preferable electronics. Kaiser Permanente, a two-star winner, was one of 17 EPEAT Purchaser Award recipients in 2015, a group that also included higher-education and municipal, state and Federal government entities.

“At Kaiser Permanente, we are proud of this recognition by the Green Electronics Council,” said Vanessa Lochner, director of the health-care leader’s Environmentally Preferable Purchasing program. “We continuously strive to procure environmentally preferable products, reducing our impact on the environment.  EPEAT is a valuable tool that helps us and others make the procurement of products that are more environmentally sound throughout their life cycle not only smarter, but easier.”



*Results based on comparison with products that do not meet EPEAT environmental criteria, calculated using the U.S. EPA’s Electronics Environmental Benefits Calculator and by multiplying the average lifespan of each product type in the Kaiser system by its annual energy cost savings.

Join Us for Our Introduction to EPEAT Webinar

Join EPEAT’s Jonas Allen and Andrea Desimone for an overview of the EPEAT system and live walk-through of the EPEAT Registry. Learn how to use EPEAT to purchase more sustainable computers, displays, printers, copiers, televisions, and more.

The webinar will cover:

  • How the EPEAT system works
  • Who is using EPEAT
  • How to talk about EPEAT with your vendors
  • EPEAT’s environmental criteria
  • Environmental benefits of purchasing greener electronics
  • How to easily incorporate EPEAT into electronics procurement processes
  • Live walk-through of the search capabilities of the Registry
  • Tips and tricks for successful searches

The webinar will end with a question and answer session.

We have scheduled multiple sessions, each covering the same content. Please choose the one that works best for your schedule.

  • Tuesday May 19, 2015  11:00am – 12:00pm PDT – Register Now
  • Friday May 22, 2015  7:30am – 8:30am PDT – Register Now

Sign up today!

Outcomes Report for Personal Computers and Displays Verification Round PC-2014-01 is Now Available

The Outcomes Report for Personal Computers and Displays Verification Round PC-2014-01 is now available. This Round focused on Level 2 and Level 3 investigations, involved laboratory evaluation of products registered in either Europe or Asia, and investigated the following 10 criteria:

  • 4.1.8.1 Optional – Large parts free of PVC;
  • 4.3.1.3 Required – Easy disassembly of external enclosures;
  • 4.3.1.4 Required – Marking of plastic components;
  • 4.3.1.5 Required – Identification and removal of components containing hazardous materials;
  • 4.3.1.6 Optional – Reduced number of plastic material types;
  • 4.3.1.7 Optional – Molded/glued in metal eliminated or removable;
  • 4.3.2.1 Optional – Manual separation of plastics;
  • 4.3.2.2 Optional – Marking of plastics;
  • 4.8.2.1 Required – Separable packing materials; and
  • 4.8.2.2 Optional – Packaging 90% recyclable and plastics labeled.

Download Round PC-2014-01 Outcomes Report

Executive Order 13693, and What it Means to EPEAT

On March 19, the Obama Administration published Executive Order 13693 addressing federal sustainability efforts. The new Executive Order reinforces the need to accomplish environmentally sound purchasing, but several elements threaten to weaken that very mission. Stakeholders in the sustainable electronics community have consequently expressed concern and confusion.

The new Executive Order deletes references to EPEAT, a rating system for electronics that concentrates a highly complex set of environmental variables down to a simple, effective solution. The EPEAT Registry – managed by the Green Electronics Council (“GEC”) – has proven its value for eight years by helping organizations committed to environmental procurement policies attain meaningful goals.

As a result of EPEAT’s success, Federal Agencies, private sector purchasers and environmental advocates alike have asked the Obama Administration to continue the Executive Order reference to EPEAT. They have expressed surprise at the appearance of abandoning an important sustainability program that has worked through voluntary, market-based incentive rather than regulation.

Fortunately, the positive impact of EPEAT will also be its strongest anchor in Federal and global practices.  EPEAT appears in scores of Federal contracts that last over time, so in the short term its removal may not significantly alter the U.S. government’s procurement outlook. EPEAT is well known and well understood by U.S. Federal agencies, and it will continue to provide a “clear path” to environmentally sound purchasing.

Purchasers such as U.S. government agencies use EPEAT voluntarily because the system is their best path to accomplish a desired goal: environmentally sound purchase of electronics in an easy, proven way. EPEAT is the most effective, credible and convenient system for thousands of enterprise, government and educational purchasers. The Green Electronics Council will continue to work with organizations worldwide to ensure this essential framework — developed in the U.S. and embraced globally — continues to flourish at a time when the world needs it most.

Robert Frisbee
CEO

Green Electronics Council

Webinar: How to Navigate the EPEAT Registry

Friday, March 27, 2015; 10:00 – 11:00 PDT
Join EPEAT’s Andrea Desimone for a tour of the EPEAT Registry. This presentation will include a brief overview of the EPEAT Registry, resources for purchasers, and the EPEAT Purchaser Awards application. This will be followed by a live walk-through of the search capabilities of the Registry, including tips and tricks for successful searches.

Explanation of EPEAT Requirements for Recycler Certification

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.