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.