Announcements
(Computers & Displays)

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.

Latest Announcements

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NOW OPEN: 2nd Public Consultation on Draft EPEAT Criteria on Responsible Supply Chains (formerly Corporate ESG Performance)

Today GEC, in conjunction with NSF, launched the 2nd public consultation for the Draft Criteria on Responsible Supply Chains (formerly Corporate ESG Performance) for the EPEAT ecolabel. These criteria address the responsible sourcing of materials, fair labor practices and worker health and safety in the electronics supply chain.

The 2nd public consultation period is open from December 1, 2023 and closes on January 16, 2024 at 11:59 pm ET3.  For public commenters, the 2nd consultation is limited in scope to those revisions proposed by the Technical Committee since the initial public consultation.

Please contact Criteria@globalelectronicscouncil.org with questions.

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Update to Schedule for EPEAT Criteria by Sustainability Impact

GEC has updated the development schedule for EPEAT criteria by sustainability impact areas. This update of the GEC Criteria Modules by Sustainability Impacts Overview provides revised timeframes for the 2nd public consultation periods for Sustainable Use of Resources, Chemicals of Concern, Corporate ESG Performance (now titled Responsible Supply Chains) and Imaging Equipment Consumables.

If you have any questions about EPEAT criteria development, the sustainability impact criteria, or how to engage in the process, please contact CRITERIA@globalelectronicscouncil.org.

 

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UPDATE: Timeframe extended for 2nd Public Consultation on Draft EPEAT Criteria on Corporate ESG Performance

GEC has revised and extended the timeframe for the 2nd public consultation for the Draft Criteria on Corporate ESG Performance (now titled Responsible Supply Chains) for the EPEAT ecolabel, based on stakeholder feedback. The 2nd public consultation period will now open on December 1, 2023 and close on January 16, 2024.  For public commenters, the 2nd consultation is limited in scope to those revisions proposed by the Technical Committee since the initial public consultation.

GEC will notify stakeholders when the 2nd public consultation opens via a special edition of this newsletter. The announcement will also be posted on the EPEAT Announcements page.  

Please contact Criteria@globalelectronicscouncil.org with questions.

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2024 Conformity Guidance Group Meetings

GEC is scheduling monthly Conformity Guidance Group meetings for 2024. These meetings will be used to address any technical issues that come up for both the current and updated criteria from the sustainability impact modules. The first meeting is scheduled for January and monthly thereafter on the second Thursday of every month. GEC will share topics for each meeting as they are established. Meetings may be cancelled if no topics are raised.

Participants may register for all 2024 meetings using the link below. Currently, each meeting is scheduled in one timeslot to bring together all attendees, however, additional timeslots may be added to a monthly meeting depending on the topic(s) to be discussed.

·    Zoom registration link (7am Pacific/10am Eastern/4pm Germany/10pm China)

As a reminder, the CGG is not a standing committee and there are no standing members. The EPEAT Program seeks technical guidance and expertise from the CGG. The purpose of the CGG is to provide input about specific technical issues about the criteria that EPEAT uses in its various product categories, including when and how updated criteria should be implemented in EPEAT.

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Outcomes Reports Published for Imaging Equipment and Computers and Displays Continuous Monitoring Rounds

The EPEAT Program ensures the ongoing conformance of EPEAT-registered products through a surveillance process known as Continuous Monitoring. Continuous Monitoring activities occur throughout the year and test the ability of Participating Manufacturers to prove conformance with EPEAT Criteria on an ongoing basis. All EPEAT-registered products in all product categories and all Participating Manufacturers are subject to Continuous Monitoring.

Continuous Monitoring activities include investigations planned by the EPEAT Program and implemented by GEC-approved Conformity Assurance Bodies (CABs) within discrete timeframes called Continuous Monitoring Rounds. For each Round, the EPEAT Program specifies the products and EPEAT Criteria to be investigated, the specific timeframe for investigative activities, and the method of investigation that CABs must use.

To maintain the level of transparency relied on by purchasers, the EPEAT Program publishes an Outcomes Report at the conclusion of each Round to summarize the activities conducted and to identify the products and Participating Manufacturers that received nonconformances, and the actions taken to restore the accuracy of the EPEAT Registry.

The Outcomes Reports for Continuous Monitoring Rounds IE-2023-01 and CD-2023-01 are now available on the EPEAT Registry. Both Rounds involved Level 2 investigations, which require laboratory testing of products to determine conformance with select EPEAT Criteria.

Please contact us with any questions at EPEAT@gec.org

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Reminder for Manufacturers: Archive Products No Longer Offered For Sale

Participating Manufacturers are reminded to archive products on the EPEAT Registry that are no longer offered for sale. As per the EPEAT Policy Manual (P65), Participating Manufacturers are only able to achieve and maintain EPEAT registration for products that are available on the market. To this end, Participating Manufacturers are required to archive products when they are no longer offered for sale.

Purchasers rely on the EPEAT Registry to identify EPEAT-registered products that are available for purchase, and for this reason, it is important for manufacturers to ensure that products identified in the EPEAT Registry are still available in the market.

The EPEAT Program appreciates your attention and cooperation on this matter. Please email EPEAT@gec.org if you have any questions.

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Publication of 2024 EPEAT Continuous Monitoring Schedule

The 2024 Schedule of EPEAT Continuous Monitoring Rounds is now available on the EPEAT Registry.

The EPEAT Program ensures the veracity of EPEAT-registered products through an ongoing surveillance process known as Continuous Monitoring. Continuous Monitoring activities occur throughout the year and test the ability of Participating Manufacturers to prove conformance with EPEAT Criteria on an ongoing basis. All EPEAT-registered products in all product categories and all Participating Manufacturers are subject to Continuous Monitoring.

Continuous Monitoring activities include investigations planned by the EPEAT Program and implemented by GEC-approved Conformity Assurance Bodies (CABs) within discrete timeframes (called Continuous Monitoring Rounds). Participating Manufacturers are responsible for participating in these Rounds, cooperating with their CABs, and providing the necessary documentation to show conformance with EPEAT Criteria.

GEC is committed to transparency, and to this end, the 2024 EPEAT Continuous Monitoring Schedule and the subsequent results of each Round are made publicly available.

Please direct any questions about the 2024 Continuous Monitoring Schedule to EPEAT@gec.org.

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Public Stakeholder Comment Period Launches Today for Key EPEAT Policy and Programmatic Documents

The EPEAT Program makes policy and procedural updates on an annual basis and is proposing revisions to the EPEAT Policy Manual (P65), EPEAT Conformity Assurance Implementation Manual (P66), GEC Criteria Development Process (P74), and GEC Selection of Product Categories (P75).

The EPEAT Policy Manual identifies the underlying policies that govern and support EPEAT programmatic activities. The EPEAT Conformity Assurance Implementation Manual defines the specific requirements and expectations of brands participating in EPEAT and of GEC-approved Conformity Assurance Bodies (CABs). GEC Criteria Development Process identifies the process followed by the Global Electronics Council (GEC) to develop, revise, and evaluate criteria for use in the EPEAT Program. GEC Selection of Product Categories describes the process GEC follows to identify new product categories for which criteria may be developed.

Stakeholder feedback and insights are an essential part of GEC’s management of the EPEAT Program. As such, GEC is holding a 60-day comment period and welcomes stakeholder feedback on proposed revisions to these key documents. Parties interested in providing comments should contact Katherine Larocque for copies of the proposed revisions, which are identified using tracked changes in each of the respective documents. Please note that stakeholder feedback unrelated to the proposed changes will not be considered in this round of revisions, but will instead be examined for consideration during the next revision cycle.

The comment period is open from October 16 through December 15, 2023. Comments must be documented using the EPEAT Public Comment Form and submitted electronically to EPEAT@gec.org. All comments received that pertain to the proposed revisions will be made publicly available in a stakeholder comment report, summarizing comments received and attributing the comments directly to the submitter. All comments pertaining to the proposed revisions will be considered before the documents are finalized and published.

GEC reserves the right to not consider comments received after 11:59 pm North America Pacific Time on December 15, 2023.

To facilitate the review of these documents, GEC is holding three informational sessions for stakeholders to highlight key changes and answer any questions. To accommodate worldwide locations, we have scheduled three times for this call – note that the same topics will be discussed in each call.

GEC will not be accepting feedback from participants during these sessions; all feedback must be submitted electronically using the EPEAT Public Comment Form provided. If you or your colleagues are interested in participating in one of these calls, please use the registration links below.

Informational Call #1

Register in advance for Call #1

6am North America Pacific time on November 15, 2023
9am North America Eastern time on November 15, 2023
3pm Central European time on November 15, 2023
10pm Beijing time on November 15, 2023

Informational Call #2

Register in advance for Call #2

11am North America Pacific time on November 15, 2023
2pm North America Eastern time on November 15, 2023
8pm Central European time on November 15, 2023
3am Beijing time on November 16, 2023

Informational Call #3

Register in advance for Call #3

5pm North America Pacific time on November 15, 2023
8pm North America Eastern time on November 15, 2023
2am Central European time on November 16, 2023
9am Beijing time on November 16, 2023

GEC proposes to publish the revised documents on February 15, 2024 and new policy changes are proposed to become effective as of July 1, 2024. Participating Manufacturers and EPEAT-approved CABs will be responsible for conforming with the new requirements as of this date.

Please direct any questions about this public comment period to EPEAT@gec.org.

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Additional Topic for Upcoming CGG Meeting

In addition to Large Network Equipment – Criterion 6.4.1 for Energy Star, EPEAT will also discuss Climate Change Mitigation 4.4.1, 4.4.2 and 4.4.3: Acceptable Renewable Electricity Standards.

If you’re interested in attending, please register below. Additional timeslots will be added upon request.

October 12, 2023: 7am Pacific/10am Eastern/4pm Germany/10pm China

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Global Electronics Council Accelerates Technology Decarbonization With the Launch of EPEAT Climate+

Initial EPEAT Climate+ Designated Products Leading the Race for Electronics with Lower Climate Impacts

GEC is thrilled to announce the listing of the first EPEAT® Climate+ designated products. Climate+ is a new product designation meant to connect forward-thinking electronics brands with carbon-conscious purchasers. Climate+ designated products will empower organizations to drive change through a progressive set of criteria focused on increased transparency, goal setting and concrete corporate actions to decarbonize the supply chain. In addition, public and third-party verified product GHG disclosures will ease the challenge of procurement related Scope-3 emissions tracking and decision making.

As the world seeks new and innovative ways to address the urgent climate crisis, those on both the supply and demand side of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector can leverage this new offering immediately. Climate+ designated products are now available as a proactive means to combat this urgent issue, taking the EPEAT system to the next solution level.  GEC expects the number of products with this designation to grow substantially in the coming months from the already impressive initial offerings.

Climate+ designated products meet evolved new requirements developed in a multi-stakeholder process meant to reduce their lifecycle carbon, potentially years ahead of the rest of the market. The products set themselves apart on the EPEAT Registry because of these climate change mitigation measures. Purchasers can easily identify these products with this new designation on the public-facing registry.

Bob Mitchell, CEO of GEC, emphasizes, “EPEAT Climate+ isn’t just a product distinction; it’s a catalyst for change in the electronics industry. Our goal is to amplify the market for electronics that are purposefully designed and built with greenhouse gas reduction in mind by companies that prioritize climate action. By equipping individuals and organizations with valuable insights into what constitutes a climate-conscious product, EPEAT Climate+ provides a simple way to collectively recognize and mitigate carbon emissions in the lifecycle of electronics.”

In addition to verified product GHG disclosures, manufacturers seeking Climate+ designation must also demonstrate their commitment to several other critical requirements. These include energy-efficient upstream manufacturing, GHG reduction targets, renewable energy sourcing, and product energy efficiency standards. These comprehensive criteria are specifically designed to track and, where possible, reduce GHG emissions throughout the entire product lifecycle – from material mining and assembly to use and disposal.

Climate+ offers a unique opportunity for both electronics brands and purchasers to take immediate action years ahead of the criteria becoming a requirement for all EPEAT registered products. Climate+ gives electronics brands a new opportunity to stand out as an EPEAT Climate+ Champion. Purchasers and other stakeholders can commit to furthering impacts by signing the GEC Climate+ Pledge as either a Climate+ Purchasing Leader or a Climate+ Purchasing Advocate.

To learn more about Climate+, the GEC Climate+ Pledge, requirements for product manufacturing and more, visit globalelectronicscouncil.org/climateplus/ or contact epeat@gec.org.

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Update to Schedule for EPEAT Criteria by Sustainability Impact

GEC has updated the development schedule for EPEAT criteria by sustainability impact areas. This update of the GEC Criteria Modules by Sustainability Impacts Overview provides revised estimates on the publication dates for the remaining criteria, reflecting our experience with the Climate Criteria and the reality that the Technical Committees need additional time to work through criteria and reach consensus.

If you have any questions about EPEAT criteria development, the sustainability impact criteria, or how to engage in the process, please contact CRITERIA@globalelectronicscouncil.org.

 

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Revised Implementation Plan and Timeline for Updated EPEAT Criteria

GEC is undertaking a multi-year initiative to update EPEAT criteria to align with priority sustainability impacts of electronic products and their supply chains, and to ensure the criteria: meet purchaser demands with an increased focus on climate change and supply chains, address sustainability impacts consistently across product categories, and respond to rapid changes in both technology and market trends.

The priority sustainability impact areas include Climate Change, Circularity and Sustainable Use of Resources, Chemicals of Concern, and Corporate ESG Performance. When complete, the updated criteria will be applied across all EPEAT product categories, starting with Computers and Displays, Imaging Equipment, Mobile Phones, Servers, and Televisions.

In January of 2023, GEC released the implementation plan and timeline for the transition to the updated criteria. Since that time, we’ve continued to receive feedback on the plan and timeline. In addition, implementation topics were addressed during monthly CAB Calibration meetings and monthly Conformity Guidance Group meetings. From June through August 2023, we also engaged with key stakeholders specifically on the implementation timeline, taking into consideration modifications to the criteria development schedule.

Based on the above, GEC is pleased to announce a revision to the implementation plan and timeline.

This document identifies revised dates for implementation and provides additional details on other key activities that will support an efficient and successful transition, including the EPEAT Climate+ designation for manufacturers who adopt the required Climate Criteria early.

We deeply appreciate the ongoing engagement and feedback we’ve received, and believe we’ve reached the right balance for a fair and credible path to implement the updated EPEAT criteria in the coming years. We remain committed to supporting all stakeholders during this transition process.

Please let us know if you have any questions about the revised implementation plan and timeline by emailing us at EPEAT@gec.org.

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Upcoming Conformity Guidance Group Meeting

GEC will be holding a Conformity Guidance Group meeting on September 14, 2023. During this meeting, we will discuss the following meeting topic:

  • Climate Change Mitigation – 4.6.3 Required – Battery charger system energy efficiency - Multiple Configurations for Battery Charger Systems
  • More topics may be added upon request.

If you’re interested in attending, please register below. Additional timeslots will be added upon request.

September 14, 2023: 7am Pacific/10am Eastern/4pm Germany/10pm China

As a reminder, the CGG is not a standing committee and there are no standing members. The EPEAT Program seeks technical guidance and expertise from the CGG. The purpose of the CGG is to provide input about specific technical issues about the criteria that EPEAT uses in its various product categories, including when and how updated criteria should be implemented in EPEAT.

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Introducing EPEAT Climate+

A New Way to Gain Recognition in the Fight Against Climate Change

7:00 PST  •  10:00 EST  •  16:00 CEST  •  20:00 CST

Manufacturer Signup

Promote your commitment to addressing climate change as an early adopter of the new EPEAT Climate Criteria under EPEAT Climate+. EPEAT is launching this new opportunity to help companies become industry champions in reducing the climate impact of electronics products.

Join us for a special manufacturer-only virtual event on August 10 to learn more about Climate+. During this special event, we’ll cover a broad range of topics including:

  • What is Climate+
  • How products can attain the Climate+ designation
  • What you need to do to attain Climate+
  • How Climate+ will be reflected in the EPEAT Registry
  • Why should brands pursue Climate+
  • How Climate+ will be communicated & promoted in the marketplace

We will also give registrants an opportunity to ask any questions that they may have. Members of EPEAT Participating Manufacturers or prospective manufacturers may register at this link or at the signup link above. Participants will also receive a recording at the conclusion of the meeting by signing up at either link.

 

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Update to Schedule for EPEAT Criteria Development

July 26, 2023

GEC has updated the development schedule for EPEAT criteria by sustainability impact modules. This update of the GEC Criteria Modules by Sustainability Impacts Overview provides revised estimates on the publication dates for the remaining criteria, reflecting our experience with the Climate Criteria and the reality that the Technical Committees need additional time to work through criteria and reach consensus.

If you have any questions about EPEAT criteria development, the sustainability impact criteria, or how to engage in the process, please contact CRITERIA@globalelectronicscouncil.org.

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Stakeholder Feedback Accepted on Proposed Revisions to the Implementation Plan for Updated EPEAT Criteria until August 7

In January, GEC released an Implementation Schedule for the updated EPEAT Criteria. GEC is considering revisions to the implementation schedule due to delays in the completion of criteria. In a Stakeholder Engagement webinar that took place on July 10, GEC presented proposed revisions to the implementation schedule along with the rationale for the adjustments.

GEC is currently accepting stakeholder feedback on the proposed revisions until August 7, 2023, and will publish a revised Implementation Schedule for Updated EPEAT Criteria by August 21, 2023.

Please contact epeat@gec.org for a copy of the meeting materials that were presented on July 10. Feedback should also be directed to epeat@gec.org.

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Stakeholder Feedback Accepted on Key EPEAT Program Topics to Inform Annual Policy Revision Process until August 21

Stakeholder feedback and insights are already an integral component of GEC’s management of the EPEAT Program and are particularly important during the annual policy revision process. Typically, feedback on the annual revisions is received during the public stakeholder comment period every October. However, GEC seeks to have stakeholder feedback also inform the development of annual revisions and has launched a new stakeholder engagement opportunity to solicit feedback on a series of key EPEAT Program topics to do so.

This year, GEC is soliciting feedback from stakeholders on the following topics:

  • Refinement/improvement of current CAB-related processes
  • EPEAT Program technical guidance and requirements
  • GEC Criteria revision process

GEC hosted a stakeholder engagement session on July 10 to present proposed approaches for addressing each of the key issues above and is currently accepting stakeholder feedback until August 21.

Please contact epeat@gec.org for a copy of the meeting materials that were presented on July 10. Feedback should also be directed to epeat@gec.org.

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EPEAT Program Stakeholder Engagement Opportunities - Registration Required

Feedback Solicited on Revision to Implementation Schedule for Updated Criteria

In January, GEC released an implementation schedule for the updated EPEAT Criteria.  GEC is considering revisions to the implementation schedule due to delays in the completion of criteria. In the Stakeholder Engagement webinar on July 10, GEC will present proposed revisions to the implementation schedule along with the rationale for adjustments to the schedule. Stakeholders can provide feedback in the webinar or provide feedback following the webinar. Feedback is due no later than July 28.  GEC will release its final plan for implementation of the Updated Criteria no later than August 15.

Registration is required for the webinar —please use the registration links at the bottom of this article to sign up.

Currently Accepting Feedback on EPEAT Policy Revisions

The Global Electronics Council (GEC) is dedicated to the continuous improvement of the EPEAT Program and is constantly looking for opportunities to strengthen the rigor and credibility of the program. To this end, GEC monitors industry trends, regulatory changes, and market drivers which may impact the EPEAT Program, and responds accordingly. Although GEC has mechanisms in place to monitor these broader external factors, we believe stakeholder input is of paramount importance to ensuring that EPEAT continues to be the leading global Type 1 ecolabel for electronics.

Stakeholder feedback and insights are already an integral component of GEC’s management of the EPEAT Program and are particularly important during the annual policy revision process. Typically, feedback on the annual revisions is received during the public stakeholder comment period every October. However, GEC seeks to have stakeholder feedback also inform the development of annual revisions and is hosting a new stakeholder engagement opportunity over the coming months on a series of key EPEAT Program topics to do so.

This year, GEC will solicit feedback from stakeholders on the following topics:

  • Refinement/improvement of current CAB-related processes
  • EPEAT Program technical guidance and requirements
  • GEC Criteria revision process

GEC hosted an information session on June 14, 2023, to identify specific issues and discussion questions for stakeholder consideration. The presentation materials are now available, and a recording of the webinar will be made available soon.

GEC is currently accepting stakeholder feedback until July 5 on the topics, specific issues, and discussion questions identified in the June 14 webinar. Feedback can be submitted via email to EPEAT@gec.org

GEC is hosting a second Stakeholder Engagement session on July 10, 2023. In this session, GEC will present proposed approaches for addressing each of the key issues. To accommodate worldwide locations, we have scheduled three times for each session. Registration is required—please use the registration links below to sign up.

Stakeholder Engagement Session: July 10, 2023
Call #1Register in advance for Call #1
7 am North American Pacific time on July 10, 2023
10 am North American Eastern time on July 10, 2023
4 pm Central European time on July 10, 2023
10 pm Beijing time on July 10, 2023
Call #2Register in advance for Call #2
11 am North America Pacific time on July 10, 2023
2 pm North America Eastern time on July 10, 2023
8 pm Central European time on July 10, 2023
2 am Beijing time on July 11, 2023
Call #3Register in advance for Call #3
5 pm North America Pacific time on July 10, 2023
8 pm North America Eastern time on July 10, 2023
2 am Central European time on July 11, 2023
8 am Beijing time on July 11, 2023

Please direct any questions to EPEAT@gec.org

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Outcomes Report Published for Computers & Displays Continuous Monitoring Round

The EPEAT Program ensures the ongoing conformance of EPEAT-registered products through a surveillance process known as Continuous Monitoring. Continuous Monitoring activities occur throughout the year and test the ability of Participating Manufacturers to prove conformance with EPEAT Criteria on an ongoing basis. All EPEAT-registered products in all product categories and all Participating Manufacturers are subject to Continuous Monitoring.

Continuous Monitoring activities include investigations planned by the EPEAT Program and implemented by GEC-approved Conformity Assurance Bodies (CABs) within discrete timeframes called Continuous Monitoring Rounds. For each Round, the EPEAT Program specifies the products and EPEAT Criteria to be investigated, the specific timeframe for investigative activities, and the method of investigation that CABs must use.

To maintain the level of transparency relied on by purchasers, the EPEAT Program publishes an Outcomes Report at the conclusion of each Round to summarize the activities conducted and to identify the products and Participating Manufacturers that received nonconformances, and the actions taken to restore the accuracy of the EPEAT Registry.

The Outcomes Report for Continuous Monitoring Round CD-2023-02 is now available on the EPEAT Registry. This Round involved Level 0 investigations of products in the Computers and Displays category. Level 0 Investigations require CABs to review publicly available information to determine conformance with specific EPEAT Criteria.

Please contact us with any questions at EPEAT@gec.org

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June 15/16 CGG Meeting Cancelled. Timeslot added to July CGG Meeting

The EPEAT Program has cancelled the June 15/July 16 2023, Conformity Guidance Group meeting and will discuss the planned topic of Climate Change Mitigation 4.4.1 and Accepted Renewable Electricity Standards during the July 13/July 14 2023, meeting.

A second timeslot has been added to the July meeting. Stakeholders can register for the July meeting using the following registration links:

Timeslot 1: July 10, 2023: 6pm Pacific/9pm Eastern/ July 11, 2023: 9am China/10am Japan

Timeslot 2: July 13, 2023: 7am Pacific/10am Eastern/4pm Germany/10pm China

The same information will be discussed in both meetings, even though they are on different days.

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Publication of EPEAT Climate Criteria

The Global Electronics Council (GEC) today released updated Criteria for its EPEAT ecolabel that will help organizations identify electronics with lower climate impacts. These Climate Criteria establish requirements that reduce greenhouse gas emissions of common office technology, including contributing to the complex issue of supply chain decarbonization and Scope 3 emission reductions.

The EPEAT Climate Criteria will be integrated across EPEAT product categories, providing new and more stringent requirements in line with the sustainability goals of leading organizations.

“We must acknowledge that the lifecycle of technology products is a significant contributor to global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions,” explained Bob Mitchell, CEO of GEC. “In order to sit squarely in the solution space of the climate crisis, technology companies, purchasers and other stakeholders must be able to make fact-based decisions on building and purchasing low-carbon products. This is where the EPEAT Climate Criteria come in.”

The Climate Criteria consist of updated requirements for GHG public disclosure, science-based GHG targets, use of renewable energy, and energy use reduction within the supply chain and during a product’s use. They will make it easier to find electronics with lower climate impacts throughout the entire product lifecycle, from material mining through manufacture, use, and disposal.

“We welcome the increased focus on reducing greenhouse gases in the electronics supply chain by the EPEAT ecolabel, which is used across the California Department of General Services (DGS) for office electronics,” explained Ana M. Lasso, DGS Director. “EPEAT’s focus on decarbonizing the supply chain and promoting the use of renewable energy aligns with recent internal initiatives and contributes to our sustainability goals.”

EPEAT-registered products will be required to meet these Climate Criteria by the end of 2025. However, manufacturers can begin working towards these criteria immediately and will have the opportunity to demonstrate early adoption through the EPEAT Registry before the end of this year. Please visit globalelectronicscouncil.org/climate-criteria/ or contact epeat@gec.org to learn more about the Climate Criteria and how they fit among the full set of Updated EPEAT Criteria.

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Outcomes Reports Published for Computers and Displays and Imaging Equipment Continuous Monitoring Rounds

The EPEAT Program ensures the ongoing conformance of EPEAT-registered products through a surveillance process known as Continuous Monitoring. Continuous Monitoring activities occur throughout the year and test the ability of Participating Manufacturers to prove conformance with EPEAT Criteria on an ongoing basis. All EPEAT-registered products in all product categories and all Participating Manufacturers are subject to Continuous Monitoring.

Continuous Monitoring activities include investigations planned by the EPEAT Program and implemented by GEC-approved Conformity Assurance Bodies (CABs) within discrete timeframes called Continuous Monitoring Rounds. For each Round, the EPEAT Program specifies the products and EPEAT Criteria to be investigated, the specific timeframe for investigative activities, and the method of investigation that CABs must use.

To maintain the level of transparency relied on by purchasers, the EPEAT Program publishes an Outcomes Report at the conclusion of each Round to summarize the activities conducted and to identify the products and Participating Manufacturers that received nonconformances and the actions taken to restore the accuracy of the EPEAT Registry.

The Outcomes Reports for Continuous Monitoring Rounds CD-2022-01, and IE-2022-04 are now available on the EPEAT Registry. CD-2022-01 involved laboratory evaluation of EPEAT-registered products in the Computers and Displays product category against specific EPEAT Criteria. IE-2022-04 involved the review of documentary evidence provided by Participating Manufacturers to demonstrate conformance with the EPEAT Criteria in the Imaging Equipment product category.

Please contact us with any questions at EPEAT@gec.org

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Outcomes Reports Published for Televisions and Computers and Displays Continuous Monitoring Rounds

The EPEAT Program ensures the ongoing conformance of EPEAT-registered products through a surveillance process known as Continuous Monitoring. Continuous Monitoring activities occur throughout the year and test the ability of Participating Manufacturers to prove conformance with EPEAT Criteria on an ongoing basis. All EPEAT-registered products in all product categories and all Participating Manufacturers are subject to Continuous Monitoring.

Continuous Monitoring activities include investigations planned by the EPEAT Program and implemented by GEC-approved Conformity Assurance Bodies (CABs) within discrete timeframes called Continuous Monitoring Rounds. For each Round, the EPEAT Program specifies the products and EPEAT Criteria to be investigated, the specific timeframe for investigative activities, and the method of investigation that CABs must use.

To maintain the level of transparency relied on by purchasers, the EPEAT Program publishes an Outcomes Report at the conclusion of each Round to summarize the activities conducted and to identify the products and Participating Manufacturers that received nonconformances and the actions taken to restore accuracy of the EPEAT Registry.

The Outcomes Reports for Continuous Monitoring Rounds TV-2022-01, and CD-2022-04 are now available on the EPEAT Registry. TV-2022-01 involved laboratory evaluation of EPEAT-registered products in the Televisions product category with specific EPEAT Criteria. CD-2022-04 involved review of documentary evidence provided by Participating Manufacturers to demonstrate conformance with the EPEAT Criteria selected for investigation in the Computers and Displays product category.

Please contact us with any questions at EPEAT@gec.org

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Outcomes Reports Published for Several Continuous Monitoring Rounds: Computers and Displays, Mobile Phones, Servers, and Televisions

The EPEAT Program ensures the ongoing conformance of EPEAT-registered products through a surveillance process known as Continuous Monitoring. Continuous Monitoring activities occur throughout the year and test the ability of Participating Manufacturers to prove conformance with EPEAT Criteria on an ongoing basis. All EPEAT-registered products in all product categories and all Participating Manufacturers are subject to Continuous Monitoring.

Continuous Monitoring activities include investigations planned by the EPEAT Program and implemented by GEC-approved Conformity Assurance Bodies (CABs) within discrete timeframes called Continuous Monitoring Rounds. For each Round, the EPEAT Program specifies the products and EPEAT Criteria to be investigated, the specific timeframe for investigative activities, and the method of investigation that CABs must use.

To maintain the level of transparency relied on by purchasers, the EPEAT Program publishes an Outcomes Report at the conclusion of each Round to summarize the activities conducted and to identify the products and Participating Manufacturers that received nonconformances, and the actions taken to restore the accuracy of the EPEAT Registry.

The Outcomes Reports for Continuous Monitoring Rounds CD-2022-03, MP-2022-03, MP-2022-04, SV-2022-04, TV-2022-03, and TV-2022-04 are now available on the EPEAT Registry.

All of the Rounds involved Level 1 Investigations. Level 1 Investigations require CABs to review documentary evidence provided by Participating Manufacturers to demonstrate conformance.

Please contact us with any questions at EPEAT@gec.org

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Quarterly Update to Schedule for EPEAT Criteria by Sustainability Impact

GEC provides a quarterly update on the development schedule for the updated EPEAT Criteria by sustainability impact area. These criteria will be applied across all EPEAT ICT product categories, starting with Computers & Displays, Imaging Equipment, Mobile Phones, Televisions and Servers. Of note this quarter, we’ve made some updates to the development schedule and added information on the implementation plan for the updated EPEAT criteria, which was released in January 2023. The Final Implementation Plan for Updated EPEAT Criteria identifies key dates in the transition process and provides additional details on other key activities that will support an efficient and successful transition, including recognition for manufacturers who adopt the Climate Change Mitigation Criteria early (called ‘Early Adopter Status’). For convenience, this quarterly update also provides links to the most recent public drafts of criteria and supporting State of Sustainability Research.

If you have any questions about EPEAT criteria development, the updated EPEAT Criteria by sustainability impact or how to engage in the process, please contact CRITERIA@globalelectronicscouncil.org.

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Revised EPEAT Program Documents and First Issue of GEC Selection of Product Categories Now Available

Today, the Global Electronics Council (GEC) published revised versions of the EPEAT Policy Manual (P65), EPEAT Conformity Assurance Implementation Manual (P66), and GEC Criteria Development Process (P74), in addition to the first issue of GEC Selection of Product Categories (P75). These documents are available through either the EPEAT Registry, an EPEAT Registry account under “Resources”, or upon request.

 GEC released GEC Selection of Product Categories (P75), as well as proposed revisions to the EPEAT Policy Manual (P65), EPEAT Conformity Assurance Implementation Manual (P66), and GEC Criteria Development Process (P74) for a public stakeholder comment period from October 17 through December 31, 2022. Stakeholder consultation is a crucial element of Type 1 ecolabels, and an important component of the EPEAT Program. Stakeholders were invited to submit written feedback on these documents using the GEC provided stakeholder comment form. GEC also held a series of virtual information sessions for stakeholders to highlight and provide clarity on key proposed revisions.

 GEC thanks all stakeholders for the constructive and thoughtful feedback provided during the public comment period and appreciates the time and effort stakeholders took to review the documents. GEC received over 175 written comments from different stakeholder groups which have been compiled into two stakeholder comment reports. The first report summarizes comments received on both the EPEAT Policy Manual (P65) and EPEAT Conformity Assurance Implementation Manual (P66), while the second report summarizes comments pertaining to GEC Criteria Development Process (P74) and GEC Selection of Product Categories (P75).

 New requirements take effect on July 1, 2023, unless otherwise stated. Participating Manufacturers and GEC-approved Conformity Assurance Bodies must operate in accordance with both EPEAT Policy Manual (P65) and EPEAT Conformity Assurance Implementation Manual (P66) as of this effective date to fulfill EPEAT Program requirements. The EPEAT Program will develop training resources to identify new requirements for CABs and Manufacturers.

 Please direct any questions about these documents to EPEAT@GEC.org.

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Implementation Plan for Transition to Updated EPEAT Criteria Now Available

GEC is undertaking a multi-year initiative to revise its EPEAT Criteria to align with priority sustainability impacts of electronic products and their supply chains, and to ensure the criteria:

  • Meet purchaser demands with an increased focus on climate change and supply chains,
  • Address sustainability impacts consistently across product categories, and
  • Respond to rapid changes in both technology and market trends.

The priority sustainability impact areas include Climate Change Mitigation, Sustainable Use of Resources (or Circularity), Reduction of Chemicals of Concern, and Corporate ESG Performance. When complete, the updated criteria will be applied across all EPEAT product categories, starting with Computers and Displays, Imaging Equipment, Mobile Phones, Servers, and Televisions.

After extensive stakeholder consultation throughout 2022, GEC is pleased to announce that it has finalized the implementation plan that will guide the transition to the updated EPEAT Criteria. The Final Implementation Plan for Updated EPEAT Criteria identifies key dates in the transition process and provides additional details on other key activities that will support an efficient and successful transition, including recognition for manufacturers who adopt the Climate Change Mitigation Criteria early (called ‘Early Adopter Status’).  

Some of the key transition dates are outlined below, however Participating Manufacturers and GEC-approved Conformity Assurance Bodies are strongly encouraged to read the entire document.

Key Transition Dates

September 30, 2023

Estimated publication date of final criteria

September 30, 2024

Manufacturers can access new back-end of Registry

April 1, 2025

Public launch where products meeting updated criteria from all impact areas become available on the EPEAT Registry

December 31, 2025

Products meeting old criteria will be archived

 GEC thanks all stakeholders who engaged in the development of the plan. Stakeholder feedback was a crucial element in developing a balanced implementation plan, especially considering the diverse range of views expressed on key transition issues.

GEC believes the implementation plan outlines a fair, credible, and transparent path to guide the successful transition to updated EPEAT Criteria in the coming years, and remains committed to supporting Participating Manufacturers, GEC-approved Conformity Assurance Bodies, and EPEAT Purchasers during the process.

GEC is holding three informational sessions for stakeholders to highlight key aspects of the implementation plan and answer any questions. Since the implementation plan is considered final, no further feedback will be accepted during these sessions.

To accommodate worldwide locations, we have scheduled three times for this call – note that the same topics will be discussed in each call. If you are interested in participating, please use the registration links below.

Informational Call #1

 

Register in advance for Call #1

6am North America Pacific time on February 22, 2023

9am North America Eastern time on February 22, 2023

3pm Central European time on February 22, 2023

10pm Beijing time on February 22, 2023

Informational Call #2

Register in advance for Call #2

11am North America Pacific time on February 22, 2023

2pm North America Eastern time on February 22, 2023

8pm Central European time on February 22, 2023

3am Beijing time on February 23, 2023

Informational Call #3

Register in advance for Call #3

5pm North America Pacific time on February 22, 2023

8pm North America Eastern time on February 22, 2023

2am Central European time on February 23, 2023

9am Beijing time on February 23, 2023

 Please direct any questions about the implementation plan to EPEAT@gec.org

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Final Reminder: Public Stakeholder Comment Period for Key EPEAT Program Policy Documents Closes December 31

The EPEAT Program makes policy and procedural updates on an annual basis and is proposing revisions to the EPEAT Policy Manual (P65), EPEAT Conformity Assurance Implementation Manual (P66), and GEC Criteria Development Process (P74). GEC also released a new document, GEC Selection of Product Categories (P75) for public comment as well.

 Stakeholder feedback and insights are an essential part of the Global Electronics Council’s (GEC) management of the EPEAT Program. GEC is currently holding a comment period on key policy documents and welcomes stakeholder feedback on the October 2022 proposed revisions to the EPEAT Policy Manual, the EPEAT Conformity Assurance Implementation Manual, and GEC Criteria Development Process, as well as the first edition of GEC Selection of Product Categories.

 To facilitate the review of these documents, GEC held informational sessions for stakeholders on November 14, 2022 to highlight key changes and answer any questions. Three sessions were held throughout the day to accommodate worldwide locations, and each session covered the same topics. A recording of the webinar, as well as the presentation materials, are now available.

 The comment period was originally scheduled to be open from October 17 through December 16, 2022, however GEC has decided to extend the deadline to December 31, 2022. Comments must be documented using the EPEAT Public Comment Form and submitted electronically to EPEAT@gec.org. All comments received will be made publicly available in a stakeholder comment report, summarizing comments received and attributing the comments directly to the submitter.

 GEC reserves the right to not consider comments received after 11:59 pm North America Pacific Time on December 31, 2022.

 Please direct any questions about this public comment period to EPEAT@gec.org.

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Reminder: Public Stakeholder Comment Period for Key EPEAT Program Policy Documents Underway + Webinar Recording available

The EPEAT Program makes policy and procedural updates on an annual basis and is proposing revisions to the EPEAT Policy Manual (P65), EPEAT Conformity Assurance Implementation Manual (P66), and GEC Criteria Development Process (P74). GEC is also released a new document, GEC Selection of Product Categories (P75) for public comment as well.

 Stakeholder feedback and insights are an essential part of the Global Electronics Council’s (GEC) management of the EPEAT Program. GEC is currently holding a comment period on key policy documents and welcomes stakeholder feedback on the October 2022 proposed revisions to the EPEAT Policy Manual, the EPEAT Conformity Assurance Implementation Manual, and GEC Criteria Development Process, as well as the first edition of GEC Selection of Product Categories.

 To facilitate the review of these documents, GEC held informational sessions for stakeholders on November 14, 2022 to highlight key changes and answer any questions. Three sessions were held throughout the day to accommodate worldwide locations, and each session covered the same topics. A recording of the webinar, as well as the presentation materials, are now available.

 As a reminder, the comment period was originally scheduled to be open from October 17 through December 16, 2022, however GEC has decided to extend the deadline to December 31, 2022. Comments must be documented using the EPEAT Public Comment Form and submitted electronically to EPEAT@gec.org. All comments received will be made publicly available in a stakeholder comment report, summarizing comments received and attributing the comments directly to the submitter.

 GEC reserves the right to not consider comments received after 11:59 pm North America Pacific Time on December 31, 2022.

 Please direct any questions about this public comment period to EPEAT@gec.org.

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Update to Schedule for EPEAT Sustainability Impact Modules

GEC provides a quarterly update on the schedule for criteria development and implementation for EPEAT’s new criteria by sustainability impact modules. Of note this quarter, we’ve made some updates to the development schedule, including notification that at this time we do not plan to develop additional product-specific energy efficiency criteria beyond the criteria in the Climate Change Mitigation module. We’ve also added a new section that provides links to all the current drafts of criteria and supporting State of Sustainability Research. In addition, we note that release of the implementation plan is delayed until early 2023 as we continue to solicit stakeholder feedback. For more information, please see the updated GEC Criteria Modules by Sustainability Impacts Overview.

If you have any questions about EPEAT criteria development, the sustainability impact modules, or how to engage in the process, please contact CRITERIA@globalelectronicscouncil.org.

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Public Comment Open: Draft EPEAT Criteria on Corporate ESG Performance

Today GEC releases its draft Corporate ESG Performance criteria for public comment. The public comment period -- open for 60 days -- is an opportunity for all interested stakeholders to provide technical comments on the draft criteria. These criteria are intended to address the life cycle sustainability impacts identified in the State of Sustainability Research for Corporate ESG Performance and represent leadership and international best practices in reducing the identified impacts. These criteria are one of 4 sustainability impact modules that will be applied across EPEAT product categories in 2024.

NSF International manages the public comment process on behalf of GEC. Comments must be submitted by 11:59 pm ET on January 9th, 2023 using the NSF Online Workspace, available here. Instructions on submitting comments are provided on the NSF Online Workspace. To support openness and transparency, the NSF website displays all public comments and their resolution.    

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Corporate ESG Performance Criteria Updates

Coming Soon: Public Comment on Draft Corporate ESG Performance Criteria

GEC’s draft Corporate ESG Performance criteria will be released for public comment on November 10th. The public comment period, open for 60 days, is an opportunity for all interested stakeholders to provide feedback on the draft criteria.  These criteria are one of 4 sustainability impact modules that will be applied across EPEAT product categories, starting in 2023. A notice will appear in these EPEAT Announcements and in a GEC Newsletter when the public comment period opens.

Upcoming Webinar: Draft Criteria on Corporate ESG Performance

Join our webinar on November 21, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm U.S. Eastern for an overview of the draft criteria for the Corporate ESG Performance, including the rationale for the criteria and the requirements. The webinar also will review the process for submitting public comments on the criteria. Please click this link to register for the webinar.

Corporate ESG Performance Technical Committee

NSF International, the partner GEC selected to manage the voluntary consensus process for its sustainability impact modules, released the roster for the Technical Committee for the Corporate ESG Performance. The Technical Committee serves as the voluntary consensus body in the GEC Dynamic Criteria Development Process. GEC’s process requires balanced stakeholder representation including manufacturers, purchasers, government policy and sustainability advocates, and other industry in the electronics supply chain, as well as geographic and product representation. One open seat remains on the Technical Committee for a purchaser and ecolabel criteria user. If you are purchaser who is interested in actively supporting the development of this new criteria, please reach out to Greta Baragar (gbaragar@nsf.org).  

For more information on the Corporate ESG Performance criteria, see the overview of Criteria Modules by Sustainability Impact. Please contact Rachel Simon (rsimon@gec.org) with questions.

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Publication of 2023 EPEAT Continuous Monitoring Schedule

The 2023 Schedule of EPEAT Continuous Monitoring Rounds is now available on the EPEAT Registry.

The EPEAT Program ensures the veracity of EPEAT-registered products through an ongoing surveillance process known as Continuous Monitoring. Continuous Monitoring activities occur throughout the year and test the ability of Participating Manufacturers to prove conformance with EPEAT Criteria on an ongoing basis. All EPEAT-registered products in all product categories and all Participating Manufacturers are subject to Continuous Monitoring.

Continuous Monitoring activities include investigations planned by the EPEAT Program and implemented by GEC-approved Conformity Assurance Bodies (CABs) within discrete timeframes (called Continuous Monitoring Rounds). Participating Manufacturers are responsible for participating in these Rounds, cooperating with their CABs, and providing the necessary documentation to show conformance with EPEAT Criteria.

GEC is committed to transparency, and to this end, the 2023 EPEAT Continuous Monitoring Schedule and the subsequent results of each Round are made publicly available.

Please direct any questions about the 2023 Schedule of EPEAT Continuous Monitoring Rounds to EPEAT@gec.org.

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Public Stakeholder Comment Period Extended for EPEAT Policy Manual, EPEAT Conformity Assurance Implementation Manual, GEC Criteria Development Process, and GEC Selection of Product Categories

The EPEAT Program makes policy and procedural updates on an annual basis and is proposing revisions to the EPEAT Policy Manual (P65), EPEAT Conformity Assurance Implementation Manual (P66), and GEC Criteria Development Process (P74). GEC has also released a new document, GEC Selection of Product Categories (P75) for public comment as well.

The EPEAT Policy Manual identifies the underlying policies that govern and support EPEAT programmatic activities. The EPEAT Conformity Assurance Implementation Manual defines the specific requirements and expectations of EPEAT-approved Conformity Assurance Bodies (CABs), and of manufacturers or brands that have active EPEAT-registered products or are in the process of confirming that their products conform with EPEAT Criteria. GEC Criteria Development Process identifies the process followed by the Global Electronics Council to develop, revise, and evaluate criteria for use in the EPEAT Program. GEC Selection of Product Categories describes the process GEC follows to identify new product categories for which criteria may be developed.

Stakeholder feedback and insights are an essential part of the Global Electronics Council’s (GEC) management of the EPEAT Program. GEC is currently holding a comment period on key policy documents and welcomes stakeholder feedback on the October 2022 proposed revisions to the EPEAT Policy Manualthe EPEAT Conformity Assurance Implementation Manual, and GEC Criteria Development Process, as well as the first edition of GEC Selection of Product Categories.

The comment period was originally scheduled to be open from October 17 through December 16, 2022, however, GEC has decided to extend the deadline to December 31, 2022. Comments must be documented using the EPEAT Public Comment Form and submitted electronically to EPEAT@gec.org. All comments received will be made publicly available in a stakeholder comment report, summarizing comments received and attributing the comments directly to the submitter.

GEC reserves the right to not consider comments received after 11:59 pm North America Pacific Time on December 31, 2022.

To facilitate the review of these documents, GEC is holding three informational sessions for stakeholders to highlight key changes and answer any questions. To accommodate worldwide locations, we have scheduled three times for this call – note that the same topics will be discussed in each call.

GEC will not be accepting feedback from participants during these sessions; all feedback must be submitted electronically using the EPEAT Public Comment Form provided. If you or your colleagues are interested in participating in one of these calls, please use the registration links below.

Informational Call #1Register in advance for Call #1
7 am North America Pacific time on November 14, 2022
10 am North America Eastern time on November 14, 2022
4 pm Central European time on November 14, 2022
11 pm Beijing time on November 14, 2022
Informational Call #2Register in advance for Call #2
11 am North America Pacific time on November 14, 2022
2 pm North America Eastern time on November 14, 2022
8 pm Central European time on November 14, 2022
3 am Beijing time on November 15, 2022
Informational Call #3Register in advance for Call #3
5 pm North America Pacific time on November 14, 2022
8 pm North America Eastern time on November 14, 2022
2 am Central European time on November 15, 2022
9 am Beijing time on November 15, 2022

GEC proposes to publish the revised documents on February 15, 2023. Unless otherwise identified in the documents, new policy changes are proposed to become effective as of July 1, 2023. Participating Manufacturers and EPEAT-approved CABs will be responsible for conforming with the new requirements as of this date.

Please direct any questions about this public comment period to EPEAT@gec.org.

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Public Stakeholder Comment Period Launches Today for EPEAT Policy Manual, EPEAT Conformity Assurance Implementation Manual, GEC Criteria Development Process, and GEC Selection of Product Categories

The EPEAT Program makes policy and procedural updates on an annual basis and is proposing revisions to the EPEAT Policy Manual (P65), EPEAT Conformity Assurance Implementation Manual (P66), and GEC Criteria Development Process (P74). GEC is also releasing a new document, GEC Selection of Product Categories (P75) for public comment as well.

 The EPEAT Policy Manual identifies the underlying policies that govern and support EPEAT programmatic activities. The EPEAT Conformity Assurance Implementation Manual defines the specific requirements and expectations of EPEAT-approved Conformity Assurance Bodies (CABs), and of manufacturers or brands that have active EPEAT-registered products or are in the process of confirming that their products conform with EPEAT Criteria. GEC Criteria Development Process identifies the process followed by the Global Electronics Council to develop, revise, and evaluate criteria for use in the EPEAT Program. GEC Selection of Product Categories describes the process GEC follows to identify new product categories for which criteria may be developed.  

 Stakeholder feedback and insights are an essential part of the Global Electronics Council’s (GEC) management of the EPEAT Program. As such, GEC is holding a 60-day comment period and welcomes stakeholder feedback on the October 2022 proposed revisions to the EPEAT Policy Manual, the EPEAT Conformity Assurance Implementation Manual, and GEC Criteria Development Process, as well as the first edition of GEC Selection of Product Categories.

 The comment period is open from October 17 through December 16, 2022. Comments must be documented using the EPEAT Public Comment Form and submitted electronically to EPEAT@gec.org. All comments received will be made publicly available in a stakeholder comment report, summarizing comments received and attributing the comments directly to the submitter.

 GEC reserves the right to not consider comments received after 11:59 pm North America Pacific Time on December 16, 2022.

 To facilitate the review of these documents, GEC is holding three informational sessions for stakeholders to highlight key changes and answer any questions. To accommodate worldwide locations, we have scheduled three times for this call – note that the same topics will be discussed in each call.

 GEC will not be accepting feedback from participants during these sessions; all feedback must be submitted electronically using the EPEAT Public Comment Form provided. If you or your colleagues are interested in participating in one of these calls, please use the registration links below.

 

Informational Call #1

 

Register in advance for Call #1

7am North America Pacific time on November 14, 2022

10am North America Eastern time on November 14, 2022

4pm Central European time on November 14, 2022

11pm Beijing time on November 14, 2022

Informational Call #2

Register in advance for Call #2

11am North America Pacific time on November 14, 2022

2pm North America Eastern time on November 14, 2022

8pm Central European time on November 14, 2022

3am Beijing time on November 15, 2022

Informational Call #3

Register in advance for Call #3

5pm North America Pacific time on November 14, 2022

8pm North America Eastern time on November 14, 2022

2am Central European time on November 15, 2022

9am Beijing time on November 15, 2022

 GEC proposes to publish the revised documents on February 15, 2023. Unless otherwise identified in the documents, new policy changes are proposed to become effective as of July 1, 2023. Participating Manufacturers and EPEAT-approved CABs will be responsible for conforming with the new requirements as of this date.

 Please direct any questions about this public comment period to EPEAT@gec.org.

 

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Call for Participation: Expert Ad-Hoc Group for Product Specific Energy Efficiency

GEC invites stakeholders to participate in the review and drafting of proposed criteria for product specific energy efficiency criteria. These criteria would be supplemental to the existing product energy efficiency criteria in the Draft Climate Change Mitigation criteria document.  GEC’s State of Sustainability Research for Climate Change Mitigation serves as the science-based foundation for this work.

GEC will convene an Expert Ad Hoc Group to review criteria proposed for computers & displays, servers and TVs. Based on available data, GEC is not proposing additional product specific energy efficiency criteria for mobile phones and imaging equipment but welcomes stakeholder technical input for these product categories as well.

Expert Ad Hoc Group(s) will review, provide feedback, and make recommendations on draft criteria and definitions. The work of the Expert Ad Hoc Group(s) will start in September 2022 and is expected to continue for 6-8 weeks. The Group(s) will meet by teleconference and provide offline review and comment on drafts. Stakeholders with relevant expertise are encouraged to participate, including, but not limited to, manufacturers, government policy, purchasers, non-governmental organizations, academics, and component and material suppliers.

If you are interested in participating in this Expert Ad Hoc Group, please send an email to CRITERIA@globalelectronicscouncil.org by September 16, 2022. Please also provide a brief summary of your background and experience with the topic.

Please contact the project lead, Erica Logan (elogan@globalelectronicscouncil.org) with any questions.

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2nd Public Consultation on Draft Climate Change Mitigation EPEAT Criteria

GEC’s draft Climate Change Mitigation criteria for the EPEAT ecolabel are now available for public comment. This 2nd public consultation period will be open for 30 days and limited in scope to those revisions proposed by the Technical Committee since the initial public consultation.

NSF International manages the public comment process on behalf of GEC. Comments must be submitted by 11:59 pm ET on September 30, 2022 using the NSF Online Workspace, available here. Instructions on submitting comments are provided on the NSF Online Workspace. To support openness and transparency, the NSF website displays all public comments and their resolution.    

These Climate Change Mitigation criteria are one of 4 sustainability impact modules that will be applied across EPEAT product categories. For more information on the revision of EPEAT criteria, see the overview of Criteria Modules by Sustainability Impact.

 Please contact Criteria@globalelectronicscouncil.org with questions.

Computers & Displays Continuous Monitoring

Outcomes Report Published for Computers and Displays Continuous Monitoring Round

The EPEAT Program ensures the ongoing conformance of EPEAT-registered products through a surveillance process known as Continuous Monitoring. Continuous Monitoring activities occur throughout the year and test the ability of Participating Manufacturers to prove conformance with EPEAT Criteria on an ongoing basis. All EPEAT-registered products in all product categories and all Participating Manufacturers are subject to Continuous Monitoring.

Continuous Monitoring activities include investigations planned by the EPEAT Program and implemented by GEC-approved Conformity Assurance Bodies (CABs) within discrete timeframes called Continuous Monitoring Rounds. For each Round, the EPEAT Program specifies the products and EPEAT Criteria to be investigated, the specific timeframe for investigative activities, and the method of investigation that CABs must use. Participating Manufacturers are responsible for participating in these Rounds, cooperating with their CABs, and providing the necessary documentation to demonstrate conformance with EPEAT Criteria.

To maintain the level of transparency relied on by purchasers, the EPEAT Program publishes an Outcomes Report at the conclusion of each Round to summarize the activities conducted and to identify the products and Participating Manufacturers that received Major Nonconformances and the actions taken to restore accuracy of the EPEAT Registry.

The Outcomes Report for Continuous Monitoring Round CD-2022-02 (which focused on Computers and Displays), is now available on the EPEAT Registry. This was a Level 1 Round, which requires CABs to review documentary evidence provided by Participating Manufacturers to demonstrate conformance.

Please contact us with any questions at EPEAT@gec.org

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Update to Schedule for EPEAT Sustainability Impact Modules

GEC has updated the development schedule for EPEAT criteria by sustainability impact modules. This update of the GEC Criteria Modules by Sustainability Impacts Overview also includes information on the second public consultation and schedules for the development of product-specific criteria for imaging equipment consumables and additional product energy efficiency criteria.  

If you have any questions about EPEAT criteria development, the sustainability impact modules, or how to engage in the process, please contact CRITERIA@globalelectronicscouncil.org.

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Public Comment Open: Draft EPEAT Criteria on Reduction of Chemicals of Concern

Today GEC releases its draft Reduction of Chemicals of Concern criteria for public comment. The public comment period -- open for 60 days -- is an opportunity for all interested stakeholders to provide technical comments on the draft criteria. These criteria are intended to address the life cycle sustainability impacts identified in the State of Sustainability Research for Reduction of Chemicals of Concern and represent leadership and international best practices in reducing the identified impacts. These criteria are one of 4 sustainability impact modules that will be applied across EPEAT product categories, starting in 2023.

NSF International manages the public comment process on behalf of GEC. Comments must be submitted by 11:59 pm ET on September 12th, 2022 using the NSF Online Workspace, available here. Instructions on submitting comments are provided on the NSF Online Workspace. To support openness and transparency, the NSF website displays all public comments and their resolution.    

GEC, along with NSF, will host a webinar on July 21, 11 am - 12:00 pm ET to provide an overview of the draft criteria, provide instructions on how to submit comments, and answer stakeholder questions. To sign up for the webinar, go to this REGISTRATION LINK.

For more information on the Reduction of Chemicals of Concern criteria, see the overview of Criteria Modules by Sustainability Impact. Please contact Rachel Simon (rsimon@gec.org) with questions.

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CALL FOR PARTICIPATION GEC CORPORATE ENVIRONMENT, SOCIAL, GOVERNANCE (ESG) CRITERIA

Technical Committee launching for Corporate ESG criteria for EPEAT ecolabel – now is your opportunity to get involved!

The Global Electronics Council (GEC) is developing criteria to address corporate ESG performance, throughout the life cycle of electronic products. These criteria will be leveraged across all EPEAT ICT product categories, initially including computers and displays, mobile phones, imaging equipment, servers, and televisions. This Call for Participation is to notify stakeholders of the opportunity to participate on the multi-stakeholder Technical Committee that will evaluate and reach consensus on sustainability leadership criteria to promote responsible social and environmental performance, particularly in the upstream electronics supply chain. GEC is partnering with NSF International, an organization with extensive expertise in managing voluntary consensus processes, to convene and manage the Technical Committee.

The criteria will address best practices for mitigating social and environmental risks, inclusive of criteria addressing labor and occupational health and safety, social supplier audits and transparency, responsible mineral sourcing, and corporate environmental management systems.

Applications for Technical Committee membership are due by midnight U.S. Eastern Time on August 31, 2022.  See the Call for Participation for additional information on Technical Committee membership and the application form.

Corporate ESG Performance is one of four criteria modules currently under development that will be applied across all EPEAT product categories. Other criteria modules include Climate Change Mitigation, Sustainable Use of Resources and Chemicals of Concern. See the overview of Criteria Modules by Sustainability Impact for more information on these criteria modules, GEC’s criteria development process, participation options, and anticipated schedule.

Questions about Technical Committee applications should be directed to Greta Baragar at NSF (GBaragar@NSF.org). If you have questions about the Corporate ESG criteria or the criteria development process, please contact GEC at: Criteria@GlobalElectronicsCouncil.org.

 

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Now Available -- Final State of Sustainability Research for Corporate ESG Performance

GEC is pleased to release its final State of Sustainability Research for Corporate ESG Performance, which reflects stakeholder comments and data-supported recommendations submitted during the public consultation process. This State of Sustainability Research serves as the evidenced-based scientific foundation for EPEAT criteria development.

The research provides an overview of key labor and workforce concerns and current practices in social auditing in the electronics supply chain. This research then provides thoughtful and practical strategies to improve social audits and performance in the sector. Strategies include increased supply chain transparency, improvements in factory monitoring and reporting, and meaningful remediation of non-conformance findings during audits.

The State of Sustainability Research for Corporate ESG Performance is the fourth analysis in support of GEC’s initiative to develop modular criteria that will apply across all EPEAT ICT product categories. Additional analyses include State of Sustainability Research for Climate Change Mitigation, State of Sustainability Research for Sustainable Use of Resources and State of Sustainability Research on Chemicals of Concern.

If you have questions about the Corporate ESG criteria or the criteria development process, please contact GEC at: Criteria@GlobalElectronicsCouncil.org.

 

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Reduction of Chemicals of Concern Criteria Updates

Coming Soon: Public Comment on Draft Reduction of Chemicals of Concern Criteria

GEC’s draft Reduction of Chemicals of Concern criteria will be released for public comment on July 13th. The public comment period, open for 60 days, is an opportunity for all interested stakeholders to provide feedback on the draft criteria.  These criteria are one of 4 sustainability impact modules that will be applied across EPEAT product categories, starting in 2023. A notice will appear in these EPEAT Announcements and in the GEC Newsletter when the public comment period opens.

Upcoming Webinar: Draft Criteria on Reduction of Chemicals of Concern

Join this webinar on July 21, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm U.S. Eastern for an overview of the draft criteria for the Reduction of Chemicals of Concern, including the rationale for the criteria and the requirements. The webinar also will review the process for submitting public comments on the criteria.  REGISTRATION LINK

 Reduction of Chemicals of Concern Technical Committee

NSF International, the partner GEC selected to manage the voluntary consensus process for its sustainability impact modules, released the roster for the Technical Committee for the Reduction of Chemicals of Concern. The Technical Committee serves as the voluntary consensus body in the GEC Dynamic Criteria Development Process. GEC’s process requires balanced stakeholder representation including manufacturers, purchasers, government policy and sustainability advocates, and other industry in the electronics supply chain, as well as geographic and product representation. Two open seats remain on the Technical Committee for purchasers and ecolabel criteria users. If you are purchaser who is interested in actively supporting the development of this new criteria, please reach out to Greta Baragar (gbaragar@nsf.org).  

For more information on the Reduction of Chemicals of Concern criteria, see the overview of Criteria Modules by Sustainability Impact. Please contact Rachel Simon (rsimon@gec.org) with questions.

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EPEAT Program Monthly Transparency Report Issued for May 2022

To continue balancing the credibility of EPEAT with the reality of ongoing global impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, in December 2021 GEC authorized the EPEAT Program to issue new temporary conformity assurance modifications. The modifications took effect on January 1, 2022 and are based on stakeholder outreach and consultation that was undertaken in Q4 2021.

GEC is committed to publishing an EPEAT Program Monthly Transparency Report to enable all EPEAT Program stakeholders to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact Participating Manufacturers, and to communicate how the temporary COVID-related conformity assurance modifications are being used by Participating Manufacturers.

The EPEAT Program Monthly Transparency Report for May 2022  is now available and summarizes the use of COVID policy modifications by all active EPEAT Participating Manufacturers from May 1, 2022 to May 31, 2022. The next monthly report will be released in July 2022.

For any questions, please email us at EPEAT@gec.org 

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2nd Public Consultation on Draft EPEAT Criteria

GEC is pleased to announce that starting with the Climate Change Mitigation module, NSF will expand the opportunity for stakeholder participation in EPEAT criteria development by piloting a 2nd public consultation period. This opportunity will be open for 30 days and limited in scope to those revisions proposed by the Technical Committee since the initial public consultation.

The 2nd public consultation for the Climate Change Mitigation module will open in July or August 2022, with the timing dependent on the progress of the Technical Committee. Following this pilot, NSF will make any refinements necessary and will implement a 2nd public consultation for other EPEAT criteria development initiatives and sustainability impact modules.

Any questions about the pilot should be directed to Patty Dillon, GEC Senior Director of Criteria and Category Development(pdillon@gec.org) or Greta Baragar, NSF Sustainability Standards Lead.

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EPEAT explores greater exposure on online marketplaces

GEC is excited to announce a bold new initiative that could help EPEAT Participating Manufacturers get more exposure for their EPEAT-registered products and make it easier for institutional purchasers to identify EPEAT-registered products on third-party platforms.

GEC is exploring a new initiative to provide more visibility of EPEAT-registered products on third-party platforms. These could include ecommerce sites and online B2B marketplaces. This could significantly increase the visibility of EPEAT-registered products to institutional purchasers. 

The initiative is in its initial exploratory phase. GEC is working with a limited number of partners to test an Application Programming Interface, or API, to ensure that it technically works properly. This API would provide automated, nearly real-time data sharing with third-party platforms, so EPEAT-registered products would be more visible in online marketplaces and internal procurement resources. This would support purchasers to identify EPEAT-registered products in other platforms outside of the EPEAT Registry.

The technical testing will begin on June 6, 2022 and we welcome any comments or concerns by June 3, 2022. Please submit them to EPEAT@gec.org 

Depending on the results of the technical testing, GEC plans to move on to a pilot program with a select group of third-party platform partners, likely beginning in Q3 2022. During the pilot program, all EPEAT Participating Manufacturers will have full control to approve whether their data is shared with any platform. GEC will keep stakeholders informed on the progress.

GEC hopes that stakeholders are as excited as we are to explore new ways to develop tools to connect institutional purchasers to EPEAT-registered products.

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EPEAT Program Monthly Transparency Report Issued for April 2022

To continue balancing the credibility of EPEAT with the reality of ongoing global impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, in December 2021 GEC authorized the EPEAT Program to issue new temporary conformity assurance modifications. The modifications took effect on January 1, 2022 and are based on stakeholder outreach and consultation that was undertaken in Q4 2021.

GEC is committed to publishing an EPEAT Program Monthly Transparency Report to enable all EPEAT Program stakeholders to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact Participating Manufacturers, and to communicate how the temporary COVID-related conformity assurance modifications are being used by Participating Manufacturers.

The EPEAT Program Monthly Transparency Report for April 2022  is now available and summarizes the use of COVID policy modifications by all active EPEAT Participating Manufacturers from April 1, 2022 to April 30, 2022. The next monthly report will be released in June 2022.

For any questions, please email us at EPEAT@gec.org 

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Get Involved! Looking for Experts to Participate in Task Groups Developing Corporate ESG Performance Criteria for EPEAT

GEC invites stakeholders to participate in the review and drafting of criteria for the upcoming EPEAT sustainability impact module for Corporate ESG Performance.

GEC anticipates forming Expert Ad Hoc Groups to address the following criteria topics:

1.     Labor and Occupational Health and Safety Performance in the electronics supply chain

2.     Responsible Mineral Sourcing, covering 3TG + cobalt

3.     Corporate Environmental Management Systems

Expert Ad Hoc Groups will provide technical feedback on draft criteria and definitions, and draft criteria text as needed. The work of the Expert Ad Hoc Groups will start in late June 2022 and is expected to continue for 2-4 months depending on the topic. The Expert Ad Hoc Groups will meet by teleconference and provide offline review and comment on drafts.

Stakeholders with expertise in the above topics are encouraged to participate, including, but not limited to, manufacturers, government policy, purchasers, non-governmental organizations, academics, and component and material suppliers.

If you’d like to participate in any of the above Expert Ad Hoc Groups, please send an email to CRITERIA@globalelectronicscouncil.org by June 2, 2022. Please identify the Expert Ad Hoc Group(s) that you are interested in from the above list and provide a brief summary of your background and experience with the topic.

Please contact the project lead, Erica Logan (elogan@globalelectronicscouncil.org), with any questions.

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Sustainable Use of Resources Criteria Updates

  • Coming Soon: Public Comment on Draft Sustainable Use of Resources Criteria

GEC’s draft Sustainable Use of Resources criteria will be released for public comment the week of May 18th. The public comment period, open for 60 days, is an opportunity for all interested stakeholders to provide feedback on the draft criteria. A notice will appear in the EPEAT Announcements and GEC Newsletter when the public comment period opens.

  • Upcoming Webinar: Draft Criteria on Sustainable Use of Resources

Join this webinar on May 25, 12:00 - 1:00 pm U.S. Eastern for an overview of the draft criteria for Sustainable Use of Resources, including the rationale for the criteria and the requirements. The webinar also will review the process for submitting public comments on the criteria.  REGISTRATION LINK

  • Sustainable Use of Resources Technical Committee

NSF International, the partner GEC selected to manage the voluntary consensus process for its sustainability impact modules, released the roster for the Technical Committee for Sustainable Use of Resources. The Technical Committee serves as the voluntary consensus body in the GEC Criteria Development Process. GEC’s process requires balanced stakeholder representation including manufacturers, purchasers, government policy and sustainability advocates, and other industry in the electronics supply chain, as well as geographic and product representation.

For more information on the Sustainable Use of Resources criteria, see the overview of Criteria Modules by Sustainability Impact. Please contact Criteria@globalelectronicscouncil.org with questions.

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Outcomes Report Published for Computers and Displays Continuous Monitoring Round CD-2021-03

The EPEAT Program ensures the ongoing conformance of EPEAT-registered products through a surveillance process known as Continuous Monitoring. Continuous Monitoring activities occur throughout the year and test the ability of Participating Manufacturers to prove conformance with EPEAT Criteria on an ongoing basis. All EPEAT-registered products in all product categories and all Participating Manufacturers are subject to Continuous Monitoring.

Continuous Monitoring activities include investigations planned by the EPEAT Program and implemented by GEC-approved Conformity Assurance Bodies (CABs) within discrete timeframes called Continuous Monitoring Rounds. For each Round, the EPEAT Program specifies the products and EPEAT Criteria to be investigated, the specific timeframe for investigative activities, and the method of investigation that CABs must use. Participating Manufacturers are responsible for participating in these Rounds, cooperating with their CABs, and providing the necessary documentation to demonstrate conformance with EPEAT Criteria.

To maintain the level of transparency relied on by purchasers, the EPEAT Program publishes an Outcomes Report at the conclusion of each Round to summarize the activities conducted and to identify the products and Participating Manufacturers that received major nonconformances and the actions taken to restore accuracy of the EPEAT Registry.

The Outcomes Report for Continuous Monitoring Round CD-2021-03 (which focused on the Computers and Displays product category), is now available on the EPEAT Registry. This Round involved Level 1 Investigations, which require CABs to review documentary evidence provided by Participating Manufacturers to demonstrate conformance.

Please contact us with any questions at EPEAT@gec.org

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Deadline Extended Until April 30 – Seeking Members for the Technical Committee for Chemicals of Concern

We’ve extended the deadline to apply for membership on the Technical Committee that will deliberate and approve the chemicals criteria for the EPEAT ecolabel until April 30, 2022. For more details, please see the Call for Participation. These criteria will be applied to all EPEAT ICT product categories beginning in mid-2023, including computers and displays, mobile phones, imaging equipment, servers, and televisions. GEC is partnering with NSF International, an organization with extensive expertise in managing voluntary consensus processes, to convene and manage the Technical Committee.

We are looking for diverse, global stakeholders to participate on the Technical Committee, including product manufacturers, government policy, purchasers, suppliers, not-for-profits, and other chemical experts. This Technical Committee is expected to begin its work in late Q2 and continue for up to 8 months. Technical Committee meetings will occur monthly via teleconference. Applications for Technical Committee membership are due by 11:59 pm U.S. Eastern Time on April 30, 2022.

Reduction of Chemicals of Concern is one of four criteria modules currently under development that will be applied across all EPEAT product categories. Other criteria modules include Climate Change Mitigation, Sustainable Use of Resources, and Corporate ESG Performance. See the overview of Criteria Modules by Sustainability Impact for more information on these criteria modules, GEC’s criteria development process, participation options, and anticipated schedule.

Questions about Technical Committee applications should be directed to Greta Baragar at NSF (GBaragar@NSF.org). If you have questions about the Reduction of Chemicals of Concern criteria or the criteria development process, please contact the GEC project lead, Rachel Simon (RSimon@gec.org).

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Continuous Monitoring Round Using Documentation Review Launched for Computers and Displays

The EPEAT program ensures the ongoing conformance of EPEAT-registered products through a surveillance process known as Continuous Monitoring. Continuous Monitoring activities occur throughout the year and test the ability of Participating Manufacturers to prove conformance with EPEAT Criteria on an ongoing basis. Continuous Monitoring activities include investigations planned by the EPEAT Program and implemented by GEC-approved Conformity Assurance Bodies (CABs) within discrete timeframes called Continuous Monitoring Rounds. For each Round, the EPEAT Program specifies the products and EPEAT Criteria to be investigated, the specific timeframe for investigative activities, and the method of investigation that CABs must use. All EPEAT-registered products in all product categories and all Participating Manufacturers are subject to Continuous Monitoring.

On April 11, 2022, EPEAT launched a Level 1 Continuous Monitoring Round for the Computers and Displays product category. Level 1 Rounds involve investigations that use Documentation Review to determine the conformance of products with specific EPEAT Criteria.

In these Investigations, Participating Manufacturers have a discrete period in which they must provide evidence that demonstrates conformance with the selected EPEAT Criteria. The plan for this Computers and Displays Round (CD-2022-03) is now posted on the EPEAT Registry, and provides an overview of the investigative process, the total number of products selected, and the Criteria selected for investigation. Key dates for this Round are as follows:

Key Dates for Continuous Monitoring Round CD-2022-03
Investigation Phase
CABs actively conduct Investigations, make recommendations on conformity, and prepare Draft Investigation Reports.
April 11, 2022—June 24, 2022
Deliberation Phase
The EPEAT Program reviews Draft Investigation Reports and supporting evidence and makes final decisions of conformity.
June 25, 2022—August 9, 2022
Corrective Action Phase
Participating Manufacturers correct nonconformances found during Investigations and CABs review for acceptability.
August 16, 2022—October 13, 2022
Reporting Phase
The EPEAT Program publishes an Outcomes Report summarizing the Round activities and results.
October 27, 2022

On the start date of the Round, GEC-approved CABs notify their Participating Manufacturer clients that their products have been selected for investigation and begin the evidence collection process.

Please contact us with any questions at EPEAT@gec.org.

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Outcomes Report Published for Continuous Monitoring Round CD-2021-01

The EPEAT program ensures the ongoing conformance of EPEAT-registered products through a surveillance process known as Continuous Monitoring. Continuous Monitoring activities occur throughout the year and test the ability of Participating Manufacturers to prove conformance with EPEAT Criteria on an ongoing basis. All EPEAT-registered products in all product categories and all Participating Manufacturers are subject to Continuous Monitoring.

Continuous Monitoring activities include investigations planned by the EPEAT Program and implemented by GEC-approved Conformity Assurance Bodies (CABs) within discrete timeframes called Continuous Monitoring Rounds. For each Round, the EPEAT Program specifies the products and EPEAT Criteria to be investigated, the specific timeframe for investigative activities, and the method of investigation that CABs must use.

To maintain the level of transparency relied on by purchasers, the EPEAT Program publishes an Outcomes Report at the conclusion of each Round to summarize the activities conducted and to identify the products and Participating Manufacturers that received major nonconformances and the actions taken to restore the accuracy of the EPEAT Registry. 

The Outcomes Report for Continuous Monitoring Round CD-2021-01 is now available on the EPEAT Registry. This Round involved Level 2 Investigations of EPEAT-registered products in the Computers and Displays product category. Level 2 Investigations require laboratory evaluation of products to determine their conformance with specific EPEAT Criteria.

Please contact us with any questions at EPEAT@gec.org.

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EPEAT Program Monthly Transparency Report Issued for March 2022

To continue balancing the credibility of EPEAT with the reality of ongoing global impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, in December 2021 GEC authorized the EPEAT Program to issue new temporary conformity assurance modifications. The modifications took effect on January 1, 2022 and are based on stakeholder outreach and consultation that was undertaken in Q4 2021.

GEC is committed to publishing an EPEAT Program Monthly Transparency Report to enable all EPEAT Program stakeholders to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact Participating Manufacturers, and to communicate how the temporary COVID-related conformity assurance modifications are being used by Participating Manufacturers.

The EPEAT Program Monthly Transparency Report for March 2022  is now available and summarizes the use of COVID policy modifications by all active EPEAT Participating Manufacturers from March 1, 2022 to March 31, 2022. The next monthly report will be released in May 2022.

For any questions, please email us at EPEAT@gec.org 

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EPEAT Registry Functionality Release – Unique product identifiers are now available in the public facing EPEAT Registry

Unique product identifiers are now available in the public facing EPEAT Registry! GEC thanks Participating Manufacturers for their dedication in collecting and submitting unique product identifiers for their EPEAT-registered products!

Confirmation of Uploaded Unique Product Identifiers

GEC has been able to upload most of the unique product identifiers provided by Participating Manufacturers. In some cases, we have additional questions that we need Participating Manufacturer feedback on to ensure the most accurate information is uploaded. Within the next several days, we will reach out to each Participating Manufacturers to confirm exactly which unique product identifiers were successfully uploaded and whether we have questions. If applicable, we will then perform any necessary actions that are needed to address Participating Manufacturer responses. We expect this process to be completed by the end of April 2022.

Unique Product Identifier Functionality

Participating Manufacturers are now able to add, edit, and/or delete unique product identifiers for their EPEAT-registered products, either by manual entry (for a single product) or by bulk upload (for all products at once). If a product(s) does not have a unique product identifier, Participating Manufacturers are able to check a box to indicate this. Detailed instructions are provided on the EPEAT Registry intake screens.

EPEAT Staging Environment Will Remain Open

The EPEAT Staging Environment will remain open until the end of the day on Friday May 6 for Participating Manufacturers to continue to test, become familiar with and practice using the unique product identifier functionality without impacting what is reflected on the public facing Registry. By Monday April 18, the EPEAT Staging Environment will reflect all successfully uploaded unique product identifiers that were provided by each Participating Manufacturer. Participating Manufacturers that have NOT yet registered as a beta tester but would like to access the EPEAT Staging Environment should register here.

Participating Manufacturer Authorization to Transmit EPEAT Product Data to Third-Party Platforms

In the coming months, EPEAT will start transmitting product data from the public facing Registry to GEC-approved third-party platforms using the EPEAT API (application programming interface). To become approved, a third-party platform must first be vetted by GEC and then sign a legal agreement holding it to rigorous terms and conditions. Participating Manufacturers will have the option to approve whether their EPEAT-registered product data is sent to each of these third-party platforms.

The functionality allowing Participating Manufacturers to approve these platforms is already available. However, the EPEAT API itself is still in the final stages of development. More information will be communicated on the EPEAT API and how Participating Manufacturers can approve third-party platforms well in advance of the EPEAT API launch.

Questions or Comments?

Please contact Kim Hair at khair@gec.org with any questions or comments about the above information.

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Unique Product Identifiers Displayed on the Public EPEAT Registry Beginning April 8 – Unique Product Identifier Administration Functionality for Participating Manufacturers Available on April 11

GEC is excited to announce that beginning April 8, 2022, unique product identifiers will be displayed on the public EPEAT Registry for active EPEAT registered products.

GEC appreciates the dedication and hard work of Participating Manufacturers over the past several months in collecting and submitting unique product identifying information for their products as a part of the initiative to facilitate the reliable and efficient identification of EPEAT-registered products in the global marketplace.

On April 11, 2022, GEC will release the new backend EPEAT Registry functionality that enables Participating Manufacturers to maintain up to 3,500 unique product identifiers for each new or existing product record by manual entry or bulk upload. This functionality also provides Participating Manufacturers the ability to check a box attesting to the fact that unique product identifiers may not exist for certain products and therefore are not provided.

On March 29, 2022, GEC provided training to Participating Manufacturers on how to use the functionality to maintain unique product identifiers for their products. The functionality was available for beta testing in the EPEAT Registry Staging Environment from March 30 – 31, 2022. GEC appreciates the participation and feedback provided by those who were able to beta test this new functionality.

Please reference the links below for additional information on the administration and display of unique product identifiers on the EPEAT Registry.

Training and Resources on Unique Product Identifier Functionality

March 29 - Training Presentation

March 29 - Training Recording

January 18 - Announcement on Unique Product Identifiers

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions or Comments?

For technical questions or comments regarding unique product identifier administration on the EPEAT Registry, please contact Kim Hair at khair@gec.org.

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Update to Schedule for EPEAT Sustainability Impact Modules

GEC provides a quarterly update on the schedule for criteria development and implementation for EPEAT’s 4 sustainability impact modules. In 2023 these criteria will replace the existing criteria in EPEAT ICT product categories. This  quarter we’ve updated the EPEAT criteria implementation plan to reflect the current status of criteria development. The revised schedule in the GEC Criteria Modules by Sustainability Impacts Overview, page 5, shows the public launch of the EPEAT Registry with the new criteria in September 2023, followed by a 12-month transition period. During the transition period, the old criteria and the new sustainability impact criteria will be available for product conformance to EPEAT.

If you have any questions about EPEAT criteria development, the sustainability impact modules, or how to engage in the process, please contact CRITERIA@globalelectronicscouncil.org.

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Technical Committee launching for Reduction of Chemicals of Concern criteria for EPEAT ecolabel – now is your opportunity to get involved!

The Global Electronics Council (GEC) is developing criteria aimed at reducing toxic chemicals in electronic products and manufacturing processes, developing a deeper understanding of and increasing transparency on chemical used in electronics and the supply chain, and identifying safer alternatives to hazardous substances. These criteria will be applied to all EPEAT ICT product categories beginning in 2023, including computers and displays, mobile phones, imaging equipment, servers, and televisions. This Call for Participation is to notify stakeholders of the opportunity to participate on the multi-stakeholder Technical Committee that will deliberate and reach consensus on these sustainability leadership criteria. GEC is partnering with NSF International, an organization with extensive expertise in managing voluntary consensus processes, to convene and manage the Technical Committee.

We are looking for diverse, global stakeholders to participate on the Technical Committee, including product manufacturers, government policy, purchasers, suppliers, not-for-profits, and other chemical experts. This Technical Committee is expected to begin its work in late Q2 and continue for up to 8 months. Technical Committee meetings will occur monthly via teleconference. Applications for Technical Committee membership are due by 11:59 pm U.S. Eastern Time on April 23, 2022. See the Call for Participation for additional information on Technical Committee membership and application forms.

Reduction of Chemicals of Concern is one of four criteria modules currently under development that will be applied across all EPEAT product categories. Other criteria modules include Climate Change Mitigation, Sustainable Use of Resources, and Corporate ESG Performance. See the overview of Criteria Modules by Sustainability Impact for more information on these criteria modules, GEC’s criteria development process, participation options, and anticipated schedule.

Questions about Technical Committee applications should be directed to Greta Baragar at NSF (GBaragar@NSF.org). If you have questions about the Reduction of Chemicals of Concern criteria or the criteria development process, please contact the GEC project lead, Rachel Simon (RSimon@gec.org).

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Public Comment Period Open for State of Sustainability Research on Corporate ESG Performance

Today GEC released its draft State of Sustainability Research for Corporate ESG Performance for a 60-day public comment period. This report, which will guide the upcoming revision of EPEAT criteria, provides an overview of key labor and workforce concerns and current practices in social auditing in the electronics supply chain. The report then provides thoughtful and practical strategies to improve social audits and performance in the sector, including increased supply chain transparency, improvements in factory monitoring and reporting, and meaningful remediation of non-conformance findings during audits.

To produce this report, GEC was pleased to partner with Electronics Watch, an independent human rights monitoring organization with extensive global field experience that helps public buyers address and protect the rights of workers in electronics supply chains.

GEC welcomes stakeholder review and comments on this State of Sustainability Research. Comments must be submitted using the Public Comment Form and submitting it via e-mail to CRITERIA@globalelectronicscouncil.org no later than 11:59 PST on May 14, 2022.

This State of Sustainability Research is part of GEC’s initiative to revise criteria across all EPEAT ICT product categories, focusing on 4 sustainability impact areas. See the overview of Criteria Modules by Sustainability Impact for more details on GEC’s criteria development process and anticipated schedule. If you’re interested in participating in criteria development for criteria on Corporate ESG Performance, please send an email expressing interest to CRITERIA@globalelectronicscouncil.org

Thanks in advance for your feedback!

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Publication of revised EPEAT Policy Manual, EPEAT Conformity Assurance Implementation Guidance, and GEC Criteria Development Process

Today, the Global Electronics Council (GEC) published revised versions of the EPEAT Policy Manual (P65), EPEAT Conformity Assurance Implementation Manual (P66), and GEC Criteria Development Process (P74). These documents are available through either the EPEAT Registry, an EPEAT Registry account under “Resources”, or upon request.

 GEC released proposed revisions to the EPEAT Policy Manual (P65), EPEAT Conformity Assurance Implementation Manual (P66), and GEC Criteria Development Process (P74) for a 60-day public stakeholder comment period from October 18 through December 17, 2021. Stakeholder consultation is a crucial element of Type 1 ecolabels, and an important component of the EPEAT Program. Stakeholders were invited to submit written feedback regarding the draft revised versions of these documents using the GEC provided stakeholder comment form. GEC also held a series of virtual informational sessions for stakeholders to highlight and provide clarity on key proposed revisions.

 GEC thanks all stakeholders for the constructive and thoughtful feedback provided during the public comment period and appreciates the time and effort stakeholders took to review the draft revised documents. GEC received over 110 written comments from different stakeholder groups which have been compiled into two stakeholder comment reports. The first report summarizes comments received on both the EPEAT Policy Manual (P65) and EPEAT Conformity Assurance Implementation Manual (P66), while the second report summarizes comments pertaining to GEC Criteria Development Process (P74).

 New requirements take effect on July 1, 2022. Participating Manufacturers and GEC-approved Conformity Assurance Bodies must operate in accordance with both EPEAT Policy Manual (P65) and EPEAT Conformity Assurance Implementation Manual (P66) as of this effective date to fulfill EPEAT Program requirements. The EPEAT Program will develop training resources to identify new requirements for CABs and Manufacturers.

 Please direct any questions about these documents to EPEAT@GEC.org.

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EPEAT Program Monthly Transparency Report Issued for January 2022

To continue balancing the credibility of EPEAT with the reality of ongoing global impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, in December 2021 GEC authorized the EPEAT Program to issue new temporary conformity assurance modifications. The modifications took effect on January 1, 2022 and are based on stakeholder outreach and consultation that was undertaken in Q4 2021.

GEC is committed to publishing an EPEAT Program Monthly Transparency Report to enable all EPEAT Program stakeholders to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact Participating Manufacturers, and to communicate how the temporary COVID-related conformity assurance modifications are being used by Participating Manufacturers.

The first EPEAT Program Monthly Transparency Report is now available and summarizes the use of COVID policy modifications by all active EPEAT Participating Manufacturers from January 1, 2022 to January 31, 2022. The next monthly report will be released in March 2022.

For any questions, please email us at EPEAT@gec.org 

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Continuous Monitoring Round Using Documentation Review Launched for Computers and Displays

The EPEAT program ensures the ongoing conformance of EPEAT-registered products through a surveillance process known as Continuous Monitoring. Continuous Monitoring activities occur throughout the year and test the ability of Participating Manufacturers to prove conformance with EPEAT Criteria on an ongoing basis. Continuous Monitoring activities include investigations planned by the EPEAT Program and implemented by GEC-approved Conformity Assurance Bodies (CABs) within discrete timeframes called Continuous Monitoring Rounds. For each Round, the EPEAT Program specifies the products and EPEAT Criteria to be investigated, the specific timeframe for investigative activities, and the method of investigation that CABs must use. All EPEAT-registered products in all product categories and all Participating Manufacturers are subject to Continuous Monitoring.

On February 7, 2022, EPEAT launched a Level 1 Continuous Monitoring Round for the Computers and Displays product category. Level 1 Rounds involve investigations that use Documentation Review to determine the conformance of products with specific EPEAT Criteria. 

In these Investigations, Participating Manufacturers have a discrete period in which they must provide evidence that demonstrates conformance with the selected EPEAT Criteria. The plan for this Computers and Displays Round (CD-2022-02) is now posted on the EPEAT Registry, and provides an overview of the investigative process, the total number of products selected, and the Criteria selected for investigation. Key dates for this Round are as follows:

Key Dates for Continuous Monitoring Round CD-2022-02
Investigation Phase
CABs actively conduct Investigations, make recommendations on conformity, and prepare Draft Investigation Reports.
February 7, 2022—April 22, 2022
Deliberation Phase
The EPEAT Program reviews Draft Investigation Reports and supporting evidence and makes final decisions of conformity.
April 23, 2022—May 23, 2022
Corrective Action Phase
Participating Manufacturers correct nonconformances found during Investigations and CABs review for acceptability.
May 30, 2022—July 27, 2022
Reporting Phase
The EPEAT Program publishes an Outcomes Report summarizing the Round activities and results.
August 3, 2022

On the start date of the Round, GEC-approved CABs notify their Participating Manufacturer clients that their products have been selected for investigation and begin the evidence collection process.

Please contact us with any questions at EPEAT@gec.org

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Launch of Continuous Monitoring Rounds Involving Laboratory Testing

The EPEAT program ensures the ongoing conformance of EPEAT-registered products through a surveillance process known as Continuous Monitoring. Continuous Monitoring activities occur throughout the year and test the ability of Participating Manufacturers to prove conformance with EPEAT Criteria on an ongoing basis. Continuous Monitoring activities include investigations planned by the EPEAT Program and implemented by GEC-approved Conformity Assurance Bodies (CABs) within discrete timeframes called Continuous Monitoring Rounds. For each Round, the EPEAT Program specifies the products and EPEAT Criteria to be investigated, the specific timeframe for investigative activities, and the method of investigation that CABs must use. All EPEAT-registered products in all product categories and all Participating Manufacturers are subject to Continuous Monitoring.

On January 24, 2022, EPEAT launched Level 2 Continuous Monitoring Rounds for the following product categories: Computers and Displays, Imaging Equipment, Mobile Phones, Servers, and Televisions. Level 2 Rounds use laboratory evaluation of products to demonstrate conformance with selected EPEAT Criteria.

In these Rounds, CABs must obtain the products from the open market, without involvement of Participating Manufacturers, where possible, and send the products for independent evaluation by accredited laboratories. The Plans for each of these Rounds (Computers and Displays, Imaging Equipment, Mobile Phones, Servers, Televisions) are now posted on the EPEAT Registry, and provide an overview of the investigative process, the total number of products selected, and the Criteria selected for investigation. Key dates for these Rounds are as follows:

Key Dates for 2022 Rounds Using Laboratory Evaluation of Products
Investigation Phase
CABs actively conduct Investigations, make recommendations on conformity, and prepare Draft Investigation Reports.
January 24, 2022 – July 8, 2022
Deliberation Phase
The EPEAT Program reviews Draft Investigation Reports and supporting evidence and makes final decisions of conformity.
July 9, 2022 – August 8, 2022
Corrective Action Phase
Participating Manufacturers correct nonconformances found during Investigations and CABs review for acceptability.
August 15, 2022 – October 12, 2022
Reporting Phase
The EPEAT Program publishes an Outcomes Report summarizing the Round activities and results.
October 19, 2022

GEC-approved CABs have 30 days to obtain the products on the open market without the involvement of Participating Manufacturers. Therefore, EPEAT Participating Manufacturers whose products have been selected can expect to be notified by their CABs within the next 30 days. No further action is required by EPEAT Participating Manufacturers at this time.

Please contact us with any questions at EPEAT@gec.org

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Rebranding of EPEAT-Registered Products: Product Level Criteria with Disclosure Requirements

The EPEAT Program allows for a Participating Manufacturer to rebrand another Participating Manufacturer’s active EPEAT-registered products and register these under its own brand, through amended Documentation Review and Continuous Monitoring activities. The Rebranding Participating Manufacturer must complete Initial Documentation Review and Continuous Monitoring activities for product level Criteria that have disclosure requirements. The EPEAT Program maintains a list of applicable Criteria for each product category. This policy guidance document Rebranding of EPEAT-Registered Products: Product Level Criteria with Disclosure Requirements (P82 Issue 1 Rev 0), is now available through an EPEAT Registry account under “Resources” or upon request. Full details of the rebranding process can be found in EPEAT Policy Manual (P65) and EPEAT Conformity Assurance Implementation Manual (P66), both of which are available through an EPEAT Registry account under “Resources” or upon request.

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SPECIAL NOTIFICATION: Deadline Extended to APR 1, 2022: Unique Product Identifiers for Active EPEAT-Registered Products

To provide EPEAT Participating Manufacturers with more time to meet the unique product identifier requirement, the deadline for submission of unique product identifiers has been extended to 11:59pm Eastern Time on April 1, 2022.

GEC thanks the EPEAT Participating Manufacturers that have already submitted their UPI EPEAT Active Registered Products Forms.

Updated Important Dates and Deadlines

MAR 29

 

Training Webinars (Sessions 1, 2 and 3) on Unique Product Identifier Implementation.

 

MAR 30 - 31

 

Participating Manufacturer Beta Testing Period for Unique Product Identifier functionality. Register to become an EPEAT Registry Beta Tester here.

 

APR 1

 

Participating Manufacturer return completed UPI EPEAT Active Registered-Products Form to GEC.

 

APR 8

 

Unique Product Identifiers appear on the public EPEAT Registry.

 

APR 11Unique Product Identifier functionality by product record and /or bulk upload available in EPEAT Registry. All active EPEAT products must have at least one unique product identifier. If products do not have a unique product identifier, Participating Manufacturers will be required to attest to this, and the product will not be included in EPEAT API.

 Training on Unique Product Identifier Implementation

GEC will provide training on the new functionality improvements that allow the upload of unique product identifiers for EPEAT-registered products. If interested in attending a training webinar, please use the below registration link(s). All training webinars will cover the same information.

All existing training webinar registrations will convert to the new date on March 29, 2022, at the session time originally selected.

 

Webinar Session #1

6am Pacific Time on March 29, 2022

9am Eastern Time on March 29, 2022

3pm Central European Time on March 29, 2022

10pm Beijing Time on March 29, 2022

Webinar Session 1 Registration Link
Webinar Session #2

10am Pacific Time on March 29, 2022

1pm Eastern Time on March 29, 2022

7pm Central European Time on March 29, 2022

2am Beijing Time on March 29, 2022

 

Webinar Session 2 Registration Link
Webinar Session #3

5pm Pacific Time on March 29, 2022

8pm Eastern Time on March 29, 2022

2am Central European Time on March 29, 2022

9am Beijing Time on March 29, 2022

Webinar Session 3 Registration Link

Updated Resources on the Unique Product Identifier Implementation

Please reference these updated resources that provide important information on the implementation of unique product identifiers on the EPEAT Registry.

Announcement on Unique Product Identifiers

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Questions or Comments? 
 
Please forward all questions or comments on the EPEAT Unique Product Identifier policy requirement to Susan Herbert (sherbert@gec.org).

Please contact Kim Hair (khair@gec.org) regarding technical questions on how to upload/add unique product identifying data.

 

 

 

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SPECIAL NOTIFICATION: Publication of Revised GEC Criteria Development Process to Add Observers

Today, the Global Electronics Council (GEC) published a revised version of the GEC Criteria Development Process (P74).
 
The Global Electronics Council (GEC) released a draft revised version of GEC Criteria Development Process (P74) to seek public comment on this document from October 18 through December 17, 2021. Stakeholder consultation in the form of a public comment period is a crucial element of Type 1 ecolabels, and an important component of the EPEAT Program. Stakeholders were invited to submit written feedback on the draft revised version of the document using the GEC provided stakeholder comment form. GEC also held a series of virtual informational sessions for stakeholders to highlight and provide clarity on key proposed revisions.
 
GEC thanks all stakeholders for the constructive and thoughtful feedback provided during the October 18 through December 17, 2021 public comment period. We appreciate the time and effort stakeholders took to review the draft revised document and provide comments. GEC believes that transparency strengthens the EPEAT Program in an important way. GEC received more than 20 written comments from different stakeholder groups.
 
The final revisions in this issue of GEC Criteria Development Process (P74) only address the addition of Observers to the Technical Committee found in Sections 2.5.1, 2.5.1.1, 2.5.1.2 and 2.5.1.3. GEC considered these revisions important to increase transparency in the voluntary consensus process and committed to expedite these revisions given the major initiative underway to develop criteria by sustainability impact modules. GEC will consider the full set of public comments and release another issue of GEC Criteria Development Process (P74) on February 15, 2022 according to EPEAT’s annual revision schedule.

The revisions in this issue of GEC Criteria Development Process (P74) take effect today, January 14, 2022. A Comment Summary report addressed the revisions in this issuance of P74.

Please direct any questions about these documents to EPEAT@GlobalElectronicsCouncil.org

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2022 EPEAT Program Policy Modifications to Address Continued COVID-19 Challenges

In April 2020, the Global Electronics Council (GEC) authorized the EPEAT Program to address COVID-19 related disruptions and modify existing conformity assurance requirements and outlined these in addenda to EPEAT’s Policy Manual (P65) and the EPEAT Conformity Assurance Implementation Manual (P66).

Since the release of the initial modifications, GEC continued to monitor COVID-19 related disruptions and has been responding accordingly. In September and October 2021, GEC engaged with stakeholders to solicit feedback and identify current and future anticipated COVID-related EPEAT Program challenges. To continue balancing the credibility of EPEAT with the reality of continuing global impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, GEC authorized the EPEAT Program to withdraw the existing temporary modifications on January 1, 2022, and replace them with new temporary modifications.

These new 2022 modifications and the associated policy addenda are identified in an updated version of the EPEAT Policy Manual (P65). Additional resources, including the EPEAT Conformity Assurance Implementation Manual (P66), a Frequently Asked Questions and Implementation Guidance (2022) companion document, and templates for implementation of several modifications are available through an EPEAT Registry account under “Resources” or upon request.

The Frequently Asked Questions and Implementation Guidance (2022) document outlines the implementation requirements and responsibilities associated with the use of these new temporary conformity assurance modifications. It also identifies the steps that must be taken regarding the withdrawal of the old (2021) modifications. Participating Manufacturers and GEC-approved Conformity Assurance Bodies are responsible for reviewing this document and ensuring all required actions are taken.

To provide Purchasers with additional transparency, the EPEAT Program will also publish a monthly trend report on the use of the temporary conformity assurance modifications by Participating Manufacturers. These reports will not disclose the name of Participating Manufacturers or EPEAT-registered products and instead will present aggregated data.

GEC invites all stakeholders to participate in an information session in January 2022 which will provide further details on the new modifications and associated requirements. To accommodate worldwide locations, we have scheduled three times for this call – note that the same topics will be discussed in each call.

If you or your colleagues are interested in participating in one of these calls, please use the registration links below. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing details for joining the call. 

Information Session #15am Pacific Time on January 13, 2022
8am Eastern Time on January 13, 2022
2pm Central European Time on January 13, 2022
9pm Beijing Time on January 13, 2022
Registration link for Call #1
Information Session #211am Pacific Time on January 13, 2022
2pm Eastern Time on January 13, 2022
8pm Central European Time on January 13, 2022
2am Beijing Time on January 14, 2022
Registration link for Call #2
Information Session #35pm Pacific Time on January 13, 2022
8pm Eastern Time on January 13, 2022
2am Central European Time on January 14, 2022
9am Beijing Time on January 14, 2022
Registration link for Call #3

If you have any questions, please email us at EPEAT@GlobalElectronicsCouncil.org

Computers & Displays

Outcomes Report Published for Continuous Monitoring Round CD-2021-02

The EPEAT Program ensures the ongoing conformance of EPEAT-registered products through a surveillance process known as Continuous Monitoring. Continuous Monitoring activities, which must be implemented by GEC-approved Conformity Assurance Bodies (CABs), occur throughout the year and test the ability of Participating Manufacturers to prove conformance with EPEAT Criteria on an ongoing basis. Some Continuous Monitoring activities require that investigations be conducted in discrete timeframes called Rounds. For each Round, the EPEAT Program specifies the products and EPEAT Criteria to be investigated, the specific timeframe for investigative activities, and the method of investigation that CABs must use.

To maintain the level of transparency relied on by purchasers, the EPEAT Program publishes an Outcomes Report at the conclusion of each Round to summarize the activities conducted and to identify the products and Participating Manufacturers that received major nonconformances, and the actions taken to restore the accuracy of the EPEAT Registry.

The Outcomes Report for Continuous Monitoring Round CD-2021-02 is now available on the EPEAT Registry. This Continuous Monitoring Round for the Computers and Displays product category involved Level 1 Investigations, which require CABs to review documentary evidence provided by Participating Manufacturers to demonstrate conformance.

Additional details about the Round including the total number of investigations completed, the number of nonconformances found, and a breakdown of nonconformances by type and by Criterion is available in the Outcomes Report.

Please contact us with any questions at EPEAT@GlobalElectronicsCouncil.org.

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Unique Product Identifiers Required for Active EPEAT-registered Products beginning February 1, 2022

To facilitate the reliable and efficient identification of EPEAT-registered products in the global marketplace, GEC is requiring EPEAT Participating Manufacturers to provide unique product identifying information for their active EPEAT-registered products.

GEC does not require Participating Manufactures to place the EPEAT trademark on active EPEAT-registered products. Instead, a product that is listed on the EPEAT Registry is considered to carry the EPEAT Mark. GEC is requiring Participating Manufacturers to provide unique product identifiers for their products listed on the EPEAT Registry to assist purchasers in locating the same product elsewhere. With the rise of online purchasing on 3rd party platforms and electronic catalogues, GEC seeks to increase the confidence of purchasers seeking to identify EPEAT-registered products on other platforms after initially finding them on the EPEAT Registry.

A Frequently Asked Questions document is available to answer commonly asked questions about unique product identifiers in the EPEAT Registry. 

On February 1, 2022, GEC is requiring that EPEAT Participating Manufacturers provide unique product identifier(s) for all active EPEAT-registered products.

EPEAT Participating Manufacturers will be required to provide at least one unique product identifier for each active EPEAT-registered product. Unique product identifiers ensure reliable identification of EPEAT products by purchasers, as well as facilitate the reliable transmission of EPEAT product data through the EPEAT API.

GEC requires that at least one unique product identifier from the list below be provided for each active EPEAT-registered product publicly viewable on the EPEAT Registry. While GEC prefers that Participating Manufacturers provide Global Trade Item Numbers (GTINs), since they are globally applicable, any unique product identifier is acceptable. Participating Manufacturers are required to provide at least one unique product identifier but are welcome to provide as many unique product identifiers, per product, as possible.

1. Global Trade Item Number (GTIN): Describes a family of codes that use up to 14-digits to identify products. Primary GTINs are GTIN-12, GTIN-13, GTIN-8, and GTIN-14, which are also referred to under the terminology UPC, EAN, EAN-8, and EAN/UCC-14, respectively. 

2. Universal Product Code (UPC): A 12-digit code used primarily in North America. Also referenced as GTIN-12.

3. European Article Number (EAN): A 13-digit code used primarily outside North America. Also referenced as GTIN-13.

4. Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): An alphanumeric code with up to 17 digits set by a product’s manufacturer to identify and differentiate that product. 

5. Additional Unique Product Identifier: A specific unique product identifier not already listed that is primarily used in specific marketplaces. An example is the Amazon Standard Identification Number (ASIN).

What happens if a Participating Manufacturer does not provide unique product identifying information?

Providing unique product identifying information is an EPEAT program requirement beginning February 1, 2022.  GEC reserves the right to not list product(s) on the EPEAT Registry that are missing unique product identifying information.  GEC understands that there may be instances where a Participating Manufacturer is unable to provide unique product identifying information and will review those instances on a case-by-case basis.  Please note that products missing unique product identifier information will not be included in the EPEAT API shared with GEC approved third-party platforms. 

Participating Manufacturers can provide unique product identifier information in two ways:  

1. Batch upload using GEC provided “UPI EPEAT Active Registered-Products Form”

On November 22, 2021, GEC will email to EPEAT Participating Manufacturer Administrators a form that lists all active EPEAT registered products as of November 1, 2021. The form will contain fields in which unique product identifier(s) can be inserted. Each manufacturer organization is required to return the forms containing unique product identifier information to GEC by February 1, 2022. Instructions will be provided on inserting unique product identifying information into the UPI EPEAT Active Registered-Products Form. GEC will upload the unique product identifier data submitted by Participating Manufacturers into the EPEAT Registry. The unique product data provided by the February 1, 2022 deadline is expected to be publicly viewable on the Registry by February 7, 2022.

GEC is also developing Registry functionality to allow Participating Manufacturers to download an UPI EPEAT Active Registered-Products Form, edit/add unique product identifying information and then upload this data. The unique product identifiers uploaded via the UPI EPEAT Active Registered-Products Form will be automatically validated for correctness and EPEAT Participating Manufacturers performing the upload will be required to attest to the veracity of the unique product identifier data provided. If there are products without a unique product identifier, Participating Manufacturers will have to confirm, using the appropriate field on the form, that a unique product identifier is not provided. This new Registry backend functionality is expected to be available for use on February 10, 2022. This functionality improvement will be available for beta testing ahead of release on the EPEAT Registry. If interested in beta testing this functionality, please register here.

2. Adding unique product identifier information in existing/new individual product records

On February 10, 2022, GEC will release a new backend Registry functionality that enables EPEAT Participating Manufacturers to manually enter unique product identifiers in existing and/or new product records. All unique product identifiers provided will be automatically validated for correctness and EPEAT Participating Manufacturers will be required to attest the data is correct to the best of their knowledge before the data is made publicly viewable on the EPEAT Registry. If a product does not have a unique product identifier, Participating Manufacturers will have to check a box confirming that a unique product identifier is not provided. This functionality improvement will be available for beta testing ahead of release on the EPEAT Registry. If interested in beta testing this functionality, please register here.
 
How Will the EPEAT Registry Display Unique Product Identifiers?
 
Unique product identifiers provided for active EPEAT-registered products will be reflected on the public facing EPEAT Registry by February 7, 2022. Unique product identifiers will appear on the Product Summary page for any products returned in a search. Please note that only the first ten (10) unique product identifiers provided in each predesignated or fill-in field will be listed on the page. If more than ten (10) unique product identifiers are listed, they will appear in a pop-up box on the same screen. All unique product identifiers listed for products on the public facing EPEAT Registry will be available for export and download.
 
Training on Unique Product Identifier Implementation
 
GEC will provide training on the new functionality improvements that allow the upload of unique product identifiers for EPEAT-registered products. If interested in attending a webinar, please use the below registration link(s). All webinars will cover the same information.

Webinar Session #1         
6am Pacific Time on January 26, 2022
9am Eastern Time on January 26, 2022
3pm Central European Time on January 26, 2022
10pm Beijing Time on January 26, 2022
Webinar Session 1 Registration Link

 Webinar Session #2         
10am Pacific Time on January 26, 2022
1pm Eastern Time on January 26, 2022
7pm Central European Time on January 26, 2022
2am Beijing Time on January 26, 2022
Webinar Session 2 Registration Link

 Webinar Session #3         
5pm Pacific Time on January 26, 2022
8pm Eastern Time on January 26, 2022
2am Central European Time on January 26, 2022
9am Beijing Time on January 26, 2022
 Webinar Session 3 Registration Link
 
Important Dates and Timeline for Unique Product Identifiers Required in the EPEAT Registry

November 22, 2021: GEC will provide UPI EPEAT Active Registered-Products Form to EPEAT Participating Manufacturer Administrators. Instructions to complete the form will be provided along with the form.

January 26, 2021: Training Webinars (Sessions 1, 2 and 3) on Unique Product Identifier Implementation.

February 1, 2022: Participating Manufacturer return completed UPI EPEAT Active Registered-Products Form to GEC.

February 7, 2022: Unique Product Identifiers appear on the public EPEAT Registry.

February 10, 2022: Unique Product Identifier functionality by product record and /or bulk upload available in EPEAT Registry. All active EPEAT products must have at least one unique product identifier. If products do not have a unique product identifier, EPEAT Participating Manufacturers will be required to attest to this, and the product will not be included in EPEAT API.

Questions or Comments?
 
GEC looks forward to working with EPEAT Participating Manufacturers to foster increased efficiency and reliability in promoting the identification and purchase of EPEAT products.
 
Please forward all questions or comments on the EPEAT Unique Product Identifier policy requirement to Susan Herbert (sherbert@globalelectronicscouncil.org). 

 Please contact Kim Hair (khair@globalelectronicscouncil.org) regarding technical questions on how to upload/add unique product identifying data.

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Publication of 2022 Schedule of EPEAT Continuous Monitoring Rounds

The 2022 Schedule of EPEAT Continuous Monitoring Rounds is now publicly available on the EPEAT Registry.

The EPEAT program ensures the veracity of EPEAT-registered products through an ongoing surveillance process known as Continuous Monitoring. Continuous Monitoring activities occur throughout the year and test the ability of Participating Manufacturers to prove conformance with EPEAT Criteria on an ongoing basis. All EPEAT-registered products in all product categories and all Participating Manufacturers are subject to Continuous Monitoring.

Continuous Monitoring activities include Investigations planned by the EPEAT Program and implemented by GEC-approved Conformity Assurance Bodies (CABs) within discrete timeframes (called Continuous Monitoring Rounds). Participating Manufacturers are responsible for participating in these Rounds, cooperating with their CABs, and providing the necessary documentation to show conformance with EPEAT Criteria.

GEC is committed to transparency, and to this end, the 2022 EPEAT Continuous Monitoring Schedule and the subsequent results of each Round are made publicly available. The annual schedule is also made available to both Participating Manufacturers and GEC-approved CABs to facilitate their resource planning for the year.

Please note that the 2021 Schedule of EPEAT Continuous Monitoring Rounds will remain available until the completion of the 2021 Continuous Monitoring Rounds.

Please direct any questions about this 2022 Schedule of EPEAT Continuous Monitoring Rounds to EPEAT@globalelectronicscouncil.org.

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Continuous Monitoring of EPEAT-Registered Products: Launch of Rounds Using Documentation Review

On September 22, 2021 EPEAT launched a Continuous Monitoring Round for the Computers and Displays product category, while a Continuous Monitoring Round was launched for the Imaging Equipment product category on September 27, 2021. Both Rounds involve Investigations that will use Documentation Review to determine the conformance of products with specific EPEAT Criteria.  

In these Investigations, Participating Manufacturers have a discrete time period in which they must provide evidence that demonstrates conformance with the selected EPEAT Criteria. The Plans for the Computers and Displays Round (CD-2021-03) and the Imaging Equipment Round (IE-2021-03) are now posted on the EPEAT Registry, and provide an overview of the investigative process, the total number of products selected, and the Criteria selected for investigation in each Round. 

Please contact us with any questions at EPEAT@GlobalElectronicsCouncil.org

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Webinar Recording Available: Implementation of 2019 Servers and 2020 Computers and Displays Criteria Amendments

The EPEAT Program held a webinar on September 22, 2021 to review the 2019 Servers and 2020 Computers and Displays amendment changes with Participating Manufacturers and CABs. Thank you to all who attended. A copy of the slides can be found on our website here, and a copy of the webinar recording can be found here. Please contact Cara Beatty if you have questions.