Now Accepting Nominations: Green Electronics Council Catalyst Awards

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).

Outcomes Report for IE 2014-03 Now Available

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.

IE-2014-03 Outcomes Report

 

Personal Computers and Displays Verification Round Plan PC-2015-01 – Level 1 investigations to be launched in early March 2015

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

 

Call for Presentations: Green Electronics Council’s Emerging Green Conference

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.

PC and Display Criteria Training Webinar for Upcoming Verification Rounds

EPEAT’s Conformity Assurance Manager, Susan Herbert will be holding an interactive training webinar about specific criteria for the computers and displays standard to help Subscribers improve their understanding of the criteria and prepare for upcoming verification rounds.

Susan will present details on the following criteria from the computers/displays standard:

  • 4.3.2.2 Optional – Marking of plastics
  • 4.4.2.1 Required – Upgradeable with common tools
  • 4.4.2.2 Optional – Modular design
  • 4.5.2.1 Optional – Renewable energy accessory available

We will be hosting this webinar three times, to accommodate all time zones. Note that all 3 sessions will contain the same information, so you only need to attend one.

  • During European business hours February 17, 2015 at 16:00 CET (UTC+1) Register Now
  • During North American business hours: February 17, 2015 at 14:00 EDT (UTC-5) Register Now
  • During Asian business hours February 25, 2015 at 09:00 China Standard Time/Beijing (UTC+8) Register Now

Outcomes Report for TV-2014-01 Now Available

Verification Round TV-2014-01 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 15 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.  Take a minute to review the Outcomes Report especially the key lessons section for important information.

Outcomes Report TV-2014-01

 

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 (ADesimone@greenelectronicscouncil.org) 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.