PC-2017-02 Outcomes Report Now Available.
Verification Round PC-2017-02 investigated criteria from IEEE 1680.1 which had high rates of Non-Conformance during the last four Verification Rounds or which had not been recently investigated.
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The Green Electronics Council (GEC) assists standards development organizations (SDOs) in their development of IT sustainability standards that may be used in EPEAT. For GEC to consider the use of a standard in EPEAT, the standard is evaluated to ensure it was developed through a voluntary consensus process and that the standard represents environmental leadership.
If the standard being considered meets GEC’s requirements on the standard development process and on standard content, GEC seeks input from affected stakeholders regarding implementing the standard in EPEAT.
GEC is excited for the potential to add a server category to the EPEAT Registry by implementing the NSF 426 Environmental Leadership and Corporate Social Responsibility Assessment of Servers. GEC’s evaluation report on the qualifications of NSF 426 Environmental Leadership and Corporate Social Responsibility Assessment of Servers against our requirements on standard development and standard content is available here.
GEC welcomes any comments, particularly advice on how GEC can raise purchaser awareness and spur preference for products in this new product category. Comments should be directed to Melanie Bower, EPEAT Program Director no later than November 6th, 2017.
Please note that this is not an opportunity to provide comments on the content of the standard. Comments on the content of the NSF 426 Environmental Leadership and Corporate Social Responsibility Assessment of Servers should be addressed to NSF through their process for continuous maintenance of the standard. The full text of the NSF 426 standard is available here.
Verification Round PC-2017-04 for PCs and Displays kicked off August 9, 2017 with Level 0 investigations. Level 1 investigations are expected to begin in October. In this round products and criteria were chosen randomly. A total of sixty-nine (69) Level 0 and Level 1 investigations were planned for this round. All active products, geographies, and Manufacturers were eligible for inclusion. All criteria except 18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124 were eligible for inclusion. You can find the Verification Round plan here.
The GEC and GRI collaboration results in guidance on using purchases of EPEAT IT products in GRI reporting.
PORTLAND, OR – September 13, 2017 – The Green Electronics Council (GEC), in collaboration with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), released guidance today which details how purchases of EPEAT registered IT products can be included as part of GRI disclosures.
GEC is a mission-driven non-profit known for our management of EPEAT, the leading global ecolabel for Information Technology products worldwide. GRI is a globally recognized and independent organization that facilitates corporate sustainability reporting for thousands of organizations in 90 countries. Working in concert, GEC and GRI developed guidance so that organizations who disclose to GRI can gain credit for their decision to purchase sustainable IT products.
“GEC is committed to its vision of a world in which only sustainable ICT products are designed, produced, and purchased,” said Nancy Gillis, Chief Executive Officer, GEC. “By deciding to buy EPEAT registered IT products, organizations are reducing their GHG emissions, material waste, use of toxic substances and recognizing other sustainability benefits, all while also saving money. Capturing EPEAT spend as part of GRI reporting allows companies to demonstrate their commitment to transparency and their role as a sustainability leader.”
The globally-adopted GRI Standards facilitate corporate reporting on topics such as greenhouse gas emissions, energy and water use, and labor practices. GRI Standards provide companies with a common language for disclosing their impacts on the economy, the environment, and society. “This new guidance lays out how companies can reference EPEAT in their GRI reporting,” said Tim Mohin, Chief Executive of GRI. “Thanks to the work done by the Green Electronics Council, which manages EPEAT, our global environment has been spared countless tons of greenhouse gases and hazardous waste.”
This guidance, available for free on the EPEAT website, addresses ways EPEAT can be referenced in GRI Management Approaches, and corresponds to disclosures in GRI 301: Materials, GRI 302: Energy and GRI 305: Emissions.
GRI is an international independent organization that has pioneered corporate sustainability reporting since 1997. GRI helps businesses, governments and other organizations understand and communicate the impact of business on critical sustainability issues such as climate change, human rights, corruption and many others. With thousands of reporters in over 90 countries, GRI provides the world’s most trusted and widely used standards on sustainability reporting, enabling organizations and their stakeholders to make better decisions based on information that matters. Currently, 40 countries and regions reference GRI in their policies. GRI is built upon a unique multi-stakeholder principle, which ensures the participation and expertise of diverse stakeholders in the development of its standards. GRI’s mission is to empower decision-makers everywhere, through its standards and multi-stakeholder network, to take action towards a more sustainable economy and world. Learn more at www.globalreporting.org
Mobile Phones from leading global brands are now available in the EPEAT online product Registry with additional devices being added later in the year.
PORTLAND, OR – July 31, 2017 – EPEAT, the leading global ecolabel for the IT sector, now covers mobile phones. Along with desktops, laptops, imaging equipment and televisions, EPEAT now provides institutional purchasers an easy way to identify and compare high-performance, more-sustainable mobile phones.
The mobile phones that meet the EPEAT criteria are featured online in the EPEAT Registry, starting today. At launch, the EPEAT Registry mobile phone category includes devices from leading global brands such as Apple, LG and Samsung. Additional devices, including from HP and other leading global brands, are expected to be available in EPEAT later in the year.
The need for sustainable mobile phones is more pressing than ever. In 2016 alone, 1.5 billion mobile phones were sold worldwide, three times the global shipments of mobile phones just five years ago. Use of mobile phones has become so ubiquitous that it has fundamentally altered modern communications, photography, and an enormous variety of other day-to-day activities. By choosing a sustainable mobile phone, purchasers are choosing to help alleviate e-waste, decrease the use of toxic substances, improve device packaging, avoid conflict minerals, support fair labor practices, and more.
“Global wireless operators are demanding sustainable mobile phones. Increasingly, institutional purchasers are including mobile services as part of their sustainable procurements, and one way for wireless carriers to distinguish their mobile services as sustainable is by offering sustainable mobile phones,” said Nancy Gillis, CEO of the Green Electronics Council. “IT companies have figured out that to be market leaders, their brands need to be beautiful, innovative and sustainable. EPEAT is therefore thrilled to highlight sustainable phones from Apple, LG, Samsung and other brands.”
Like all EPEAT product categories, the mobile phone category is comprised of criteria that address all stages of a product’s life cycle, from design and manufacture to use and end of life. The EPEAT mobile phone category criteria are based on the ANSI-accredited UL 110 Standard for Sustainability for Mobile Phones, a multi-attribute sustainability standard that evaluates a product’s compliance with stringent performance criteria throughout its life cycle. A new Ecologo/EPEAT joint-certification is being offered through Underwriters Laboratories (UL) for manufacturers that wish to leverage their mobile-phone certifications to ANSI/UL110 in the EPEAT continuous verification process.
The EPEAT program calculates the environmental and cost savings benefits for any institutional purchaser buying EPEAT-registered IT products. These benefit reports can be included in sustainability reporting initiatives such as the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).
Institutional purchasers of EPEAT registered products are recognized at the annual EPEAT Purchaser Awards for the cost savings and environmental benefits associated with their procurement decisions. The 2017 EPEAT Purchaser Award winners realized combined cost savings of more than $33.8 million across the lifetime of their EPEAT-registered products in the PC and Display, Imaging Equipment, and TV categories. Along with significant cost savings for purchases in these categories, the 2017 EPEAT Purchaser Award winners also realized considerable environmental benefits including combined greenhouse gas reductions equivalent to removing more than 40,000 passenger cars from the road for a year; a reduction of nearly 769 metric tons of hazardous waste; solid waste savings equivalent to that produced by 2,078 average U.S. households each year; a reduction in energy usage by 327.5 million kilowatt hours; and avoidance of 513.8 metric tons of water pollutant emissions.
The Green Electronics Council, through EPEAT, is proud to offer sustainable mobile phones on its online EPEAT Registry as part of our mission to realize a world of only sustainable IT products.
Verification Round PC-2017-03 is now underway. A Level 0 investigation period has already been completed. This round will investigate criteria for which verification requirements are difficult to prove, as well as criteria which have not been recently verified. A full verification round plan is available here.
EPEAT Clarification #40:
Clarification #40 Revision D provides guidance for meeting 1680.1 criterion 126.96.36.199. This criterion recieved high rates of Non-Conformance in the past and Manufacturers have been asking for information about how to meet this criterion. This clarification provides one way that the criterion may be met but it is not the only way to meet this criterion. The clarification can be found here.
Verification Round PC-2017-01 for PCs and Displays began in February of 2017. This round is composed of Level 2 and Level 3 investigations of products randomly chosen from a list of manufacturers that have not yet had Level 2 / 3 lab testing of a product. The Round plan can be found here.
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