Overview of EPEAT Announcements
The Global Electronics Council recognizes the tremendous value of stakeholder engagement in the EPEAT Program. Please view the below announcements and we welcome you to engage. As a global organization, we especially appreciate the engagement of stakeholders from across the globe and we specifically seek engagement by small and medium organizations.
April 9, 2021
Criteria Now Available: Sustainability Assessment of Network Equipment
GEC is pleased to announce the publication of criteria for the Sustainability Assessment of Network Equipment and the launch of its new EPEAT product category. Products covered by the new EPEAT Network Equipment category include switches and routers for data centers and other enterprise applications, as well as customer premise routers.
The new Network Equipment criteria address the life cycle impacts of equipment, from raw material extraction to component and product manufacturing and end of life, across four sustainability impact areas:
- Climate change mitigation
- Reduction of chemicals of concern
- Sustainable use of resources, or circularity
- Corporate environment, social and governance performance
GEC expects this new product category to be available through the EPEAT Registry in Summer 2021. The Registry will be available to Participating Manufacturers on May 3, 2021 - Participating Manufacturers can begin working with their CABs to register their network equipment and are encouraged to contact EPEAT@GlobalElectronicsCouncil.org for more information.
Purchasers interested in specifying or buying EPEAT-registered Network Equipment should contact EPEAT@GlobalElectronicsCouncil.org for information on getting started.
April 7, 2021
Public Comment Open: State of Sustainability Research on Climate Change Mitigation
GEC invites stakeholders to comment on its State of Sustainability Research on Climate Change Mitigation for ICT products, including:
- Identification of additional lifecycle analyses and data on climate change impacts;
- Mitigation strategies and best practices leading to demonstrable impact reduction;
- Errors, omissions, and affirmative feedback (e.g., if priority sustainability impacts are adequately addressed)
This SOSR will serve as the scientific basis for development of EPEAT sustainability performance criteria.
Read more about climate change criteria development.
April 7, 2021
Public Comment Open: State of Sustainability Research for Ultra Low-Carbon Photovoltaic
GEC invites stakeholders to provide comments on the draft State of Sustainability Research for ultra low-carbon solar photovoltaic modules. The State of Sustainability Research provides the rationale and science-based foundation for developing EPEAT criteria, along with a conceptual framework for drafting the ultra low-carbon solar criteria.
Read more about the ULCS criteria proposed for EPEAT.
March 23, 2021
Call for Participation: Health & Wellbeing Wearable Electronic Devices
GECInvites stakeholders to participate in the review and drafting of criteria for the upcoming EPEAT category for Health and Wellbeing Wearable Electronic Devices (HWWED), including fitness trackers, smartwatches, and wearable medical devices. Below is a list of Ad Hoc Groups that GEC is currently forming:
- Scoping and Definition of HWWED Product Category
- Data Privacy and Information Security
- Chemicals of Concern: Substances in Product, Alternatives Assessment, and Skin Sensitizers
- Design for Reuse, Repair, and Recycling; and Recycled Content
- End-of-Life Management
- Corporate ESG Performance
If you have expertise in any of these topics and would like to participate, please contact the project lead, Ben Levin (mailto:BLevin@GlobalElectronicsCouncil.org) by April 15, 2021.
Read more about the review and drafting of criteria for the upcoming EPEAT category for Health and Wellbeing Wearable Electronic Devices.