Announcements

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

Imaging Equipment

Now Available -- Final State of Sustainability Research for Imaging Equipment Consumables

GEC is pleased to release its final State of Sustainability Research for Imaging Equipment Consumables, which reflects stakeholder comments and data-supported recommendations submitted during the public consultation process. A summary of comments and how the report was modified in response is available upon request, by contacting CRITERIA@globalelectronicscouncil.org.

 This State of Sustainability Research serves as the science-based foundation for EPEAT criteria development. The research identifies priority contributors of consumables, specifically ink and toner cartridges and paper, to the life cycle impacts of imaging equipment in three areas: climate change, resource use and chemicals of concern. The research then examines how the overall sustainability footprint of imaging equipment devices can be improved by implementing design and circularity strategies focused on these consumables. Finally, this research recommends criteria for the EPEAT ecolabel, based on the science and evidence presented in this State of Sustainability Research.

 GEC is now convening Expert Ad Hoc Groups to review and draft criteria for imaging equipment use of consumables. Stakeholders interested in participating in criteria development are encouraged to contact Criteria@globalelectronicscouncil.org if they haven’t already done so.  

Please contact Erica Logan (elogan@globalelectronicscouncil.org) with any questions. 

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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.

EPEAT Program Monthly Transparency Report Issued for October 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 October 2022 is now available and summarizes the use of COVID policy modifications by all active EPEAT Participating Manufacturers from October 1, 2022 to October 31, 2022. The next monthly report will be released in January 2023.

For any questions, please email us at 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.

Upcoming Conformity Guidance Group Meeting

GEC would like to thank attendees for their participation in the ongoing Conformity Guidance Group meetings to discuss technical requirements in EPEAT Criteria and the Transition to Sustainability Impact Module Criteria.

GEC will be holding Conformity Guidance Group meetings on December 8/December 9, 2022. The meeting will be held in three timeslots and the content will be the same.

During this meeting, we will discuss the following meeting topics:

  • 4.10.1.1 Indoor air quality emission requirements for thermal printers
  • Updates to the transition to the Sustainability Impact Module Criteria.

If you’re interested in attending, please register below for the timeslot that works best for you.

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.

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

For any questions, please email us at 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.

 

Wearables Public Comment

2nd Public Consultation on Draft Wearables EPEAT Criteria

GEC’s draft Health and Wellness Wearable Electronic Devices criteria for the EPEAT ecolabel are available for public comment for 30 days, starting September 7, 2022 and closing on October 7, 2022. This 2nd public consultation period is 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 October 7, 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.

Please contact Criteria@gec.org with questions.

 

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

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

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Outcomes Reports Published for Servers and Photovoltaics 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 Major Nonconformances, and the actions taken to restore accuracy of the EPEAT Registry.

The Outcomes Reports for Continuous Monitoring Rounds PV-2022-03 and SV-2022-01 are now available on the EPEAT Registry.

Continuous Monitoring Round PV-2022-03 involved Level 1 Investigations in the Photovoltaic Modules and Inverters category. Level 1 Investigations require CABs to review documentary evidence provided by Participating Manufacturers to demonstrate conformance.

Continuous Monitoring Round SV-2022-01 involved Level 2 Investigations of EPEAT-registered products in the Servers 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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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.

Imaging Equipment Public Comment

Public Comment Open: State of Sustainability Research for Imaging Equipment Consumables

Today GEC releases its draft State of Sustainability Research on Imaging Equipment Consumables for a 60-day public comment period. This research analyzes the life cycle sustainability impacts of ink and toner cartridges/containers, and paper consumables relative to the footprint of the imaging equipment device. It then identifies strategies for mitigating the most significant environmental impacts. These strategies focus on business practices and design of the imaging equipment device to enable circularity.

The purpose of GEC’s State of Sustainability Research is to identify priority impacts and best practices for mitigating these impacts and serve as the science and evidence-based foundation for developing criteria for the EPEAT ecolabel.  GEC welcomes stakeholder review of this State of Sustainability Research and submission of comments, including:

·         Identification of additional life cycle analyses and pertinent data on the sustainable use of resources;

·         Mitigation strategies and best practices leading to demonstrable impact reductions;

·         Errors and omissions in the analyses and criteria recommendations; and

·         Affirmative feedback (e.g., if priority sustainability impacts are identified and adequately addressed). 

Please submit comments, by completing the SOSR Public Comment Form and submitting it via e-mail to CRITERIA@globalelectronicscouncil.org no later than 11:59 PST on October 18, 2022.

Questions regarding this notice may be directed to the project lead, Erica Logan, Director, Sustainability Criteria Development; elogan@gec.org.

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

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

Upcoming Conformity Guidance Group Meeting

GEC would like to thank attendees for their participation in the ongoing Conformity Guidance Group meetings to discuss the Transition to Sustainability Impact Module Criteria.

GEC will be holding a follow up meeting on August 25, 2022. During this meeting, we’ll provide updates to feedback received and based on feedback received, provide options on the overall transition schedule that we will continue to actively seek feedback on. There will be time after the August 25, 2022 meeting for stakeholders to submit feedback.

We will be holding this meeting in three timeslots:

•        Timeslot 1: 5am Pacific/8am Eastern/2pm Central Europe/8pm China Standard Time

•        Timeslot 2: 11am Pacific/2pm Eastern/8pm Central Europe/2am China Standard Time

•        Timeslot 3: 5pm Pacific/8pm Eastern/2am Central Europe [August 26th, 2022]/8am China Standard Time [August 26th, 2022].

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.

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

For any questions, please email us at EPEAT@gec.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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Continuous Monitoring Rounds Using Documentation Review Launched for Several EPEAT Product Categories: Mobile Phones, Photovoltaic Modules and Inverters, 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. 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 June 13, 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 Round (CD-2022-04) 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-2022-04
Investigation Phase
CABs actively conduct Investigations, make recommendations on conformity, and prepare Draft Investigation Reports.
June 13 – August 26, 2022
Deliberation Phase
The EPEAT Program reviews Draft Investigation Reports and supporting evidence and makes final decisions of conformity.
August 27 – October 11, 2022
Corrective Action Phase
Participating Manufacturers correct nonconformances found during Investigations and CABs review for acceptability.
October 18 – December 15, 2022
Reporting Phase
The EPEAT Program publishes an Outcomes Report summarizing the Round activities and results.
January 12, 2023

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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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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Continuous Monitoring Round Using Documentation Review Launched for Imaging Equipment

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 June 20, 2022, EPEAT launched a Level 1 Continuous Monitoring Round for the Imaging Equipment 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 Round (IE-2022-04) 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 IE-2022-04
Investigation Phase
CABs actively conduct Investigations, make recommendations on conformity, and prepare Draft Investigation Reports.
June 20 – September 2, 2022
Deliberation Phase
The EPEAT Program reviews Draft Investigation Reports and supporting evidence and makes final decisions of conformity.
September 3 – October 18, 2022
Corrective Action Phase
Participating Manufacturers correct nonconformances found during Investigations and CABs review for acceptability.
October 25 – December 16, 2022
Reporting Phase
The EPEAT Program publishes an Outcomes Report summarizing the Round activities and results.
January 13, 2023

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 Reports Published for Servers and Televisions 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. 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 Reports for Continuous Monitoring Rounds SV-2022-02 (which focused on Servers), and TV-2022-02 (which focused on Televisions), are now available on the EPEAT Registry. Both Rounds 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

Upcoming Conformity Guidance Group Meeting

GEC would like to thank attendees for their participation during the June 2 and June 27, 2022 Conformity Guidance Group meetings to discuss the Transition to Sustainability Impact Module Criteria.

GEC will be facilitating a follow up Conformity Guidance Group meeting on July 20, 2022, at 6am Pacific time/ 9am Eastern Time North America / 3pm Central European Time / 9pm China Standard Time to bring all attendees and interested stakeholders back together in one meeting to continue discussing the transition. If you are interested in attending the upcoming meeting, please register at this weblink.

During this meeting, we discuss the following meeting topics:

·        Continued discussion of the Transition to Sustainability Impact Module Criteria.

·        Qualification of TS-HH-001 as a Qualified Electronics Recycling Standard.

 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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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.

Upcoming Conformity Guidance Group (CGG) Meeting

GEC will be facilitating a Conformity Guidance Group meeting on June 27, 2022 over the following timeslots:

The Conformity Guidance Group (CGG) is open to all stakeholders including Participating Manufacturers, GEC approved CABs, and Purchasers. The CGG is not a standing committee and there are no standing members.

As a reminder, 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. Because participants must be prepared to discuss and provide feedback on technical issues, the EPEAT Program requests that participants be technical experts themselves or have access to relevant technical resources.

The following agenda items will be reviewed during the June 27, 2022 meeting:

  • Transition to Sustainability Impact Module Criteria (continued from June 2, 2022 meeting).

If you are interested in attending the upcoming meeting, please register at one of the timeslots above to be added to the meeting invitation and distribution list. Attendees will receive reference materials with background on the topic and specific questions we are seeking input on. 

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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.

Public Comment Sustainable Use of Resources

Public Comment Open: Draft EPEAT Criteria on Sustainable Use of Resources

Today GEC releases its draft Sustainable Use of Resources 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 Sustainable Use of Resources and represent leadership and international best practices to enable circularity. 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 July 18, 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 May 25th, noon - 1:00 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 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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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

Upcoming Conformity Guidance Group (CGG) Meeting

GEC will be facilitating a Conformity Guidance Group meeting on June 2, 2022 at 6am Pacific time/ 9am Eastern Time North America / 3pm Central European Time / 9pm China Standard Time.

The Conformity Guidance Group (CGG) is open to all stakeholders including Participating Manufacturers, GEC approved CABs, and Purchasers. The CGG is not a standing committee and there are no standing members.

As a reminder, 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. Because participants must be prepared to discuss and provide feedback on technical issues, the EPEAT Program requests that participants be technical experts themselves or have access to relevant technical resources.

GEC anticipates that the following agenda items will be reviewed during the June 2, 2022 meeting:

·        Input Voltage Testing Requirements for Internal Power Supplies

·        Transition to Sustainable Impact Modules

 If you are interested in attending the upcoming meeting, please register here to be added to the meeting invitation and distribution list. Attendees will receive an issue paper for each agenda item approximately two weeks before the meeting. Issue papers provide a background, any reference material, and specific questions we are seeking input on.

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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.

Imaging Equipment Servers

Outcomes Report Published for Continuous Monitoring Round IE-2021-01 and SV-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 accuracy of the EPEAT Registry. 

The Outcomes Reports for Continuous Monitoring Rounds IE-2021-01 and SV-2021-01 are now available on the EPEAT Registry. These Rounds involved Level 2 Investigations of EPEAT-registered products in the Imaging Equipment (IE-2021-01) and Servers (SV-2021-01) product categories. 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.

Imaging Equipment

Continuous Monitoring Round Using Documentation Review Launched for Imaging Equipment

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 4, 2022, EPEAT launched a Level 1 Continuous Monitoring Round for the Imaging Equipment 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 Imaging Equipment Round (IE-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 IE-2022-03
Investigation Phase
CABs actively conduct Investigations, make recommendations on conformity, and prepare Draft Investigation Reports.
April 4, 2022—June 17, 2022
Deliberation Phase
The EPEAT Program reviews Draft Investigation Reports and supporting evidence and makes final decisions of conformity.
June 18, 2022—August 2, 2022
Corrective Action Phase
Participating Manufacturers correct nonconformances found during Investigations and CABs review for acceptability.
August 9, 2022—October 6, 2022
Reporting Phase
The EPEAT Program publishes an Outcomes Report summarizing the Round activities and results.
October 20, 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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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!

EPEAT Program Monthly Transparency Report Issued for February 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 February 2022  is now available and summarizes the use of COVID policy modifications by all active EPEAT Participating Manufacturers from February 1, 2022 to February 28, 2022. The next monthly report will be released in April 2022.

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

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Continuous Monitoring Rounds Using Documentation Review Launched for Mobile Phones, Photovoltaic Modules and Inverters, 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. 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 21, 2022, EPEAT launched Level 1 Continuous Monitoring Rounds for the Mobile Phones, Photovoltaic Modules and Inverters, Servers, and Television product categories. 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 plans for these Rounds are now posted on the EPEAT Registry: Mobile Phones (MP-2022-02), Photovoltaic Modules and Inverters (PV-2022-01), Servers (SV-2022-02), and Televisions (TV-2022-02). Round Plans provide an overview of the investigative process, the total number of products selected, and the Criteria selected for investigation in each Round. Key dates for these Rounds are as follows: 

Key Dates for Continuous Monitoring Rounds MP-2022-02, PV-2022-01, SV-2022-02 and TV-2022-02
Investigation Phase
CABs actively conduct Investigations, make recommendations on conformity, and prepare Draft Investigation Reports.
February 21, 2022—May 6, 2022
Deliberation Phase
The EPEAT Program reviews Draft Investigation Reports and supporting evidence and makes final decisions of conformity.
May 7, 2022—June 6, 2022
Corrective Action Phase
Participating Manufacturers correct nonconformances found during Investigations and CABs review for acceptability.
June 13, 2022—August 10, 2022
Reporting Phase
The EPEAT Program publishes an Outcomes Report summarizing the Round activities and results.
August 17, 2022

On the start date of the Rounds, GEC-approved CABs notify their Participating Manufacturer clients that their products have been selected for investigation and begin the evidence collection process. Participating Manufacturers are encouraged to review conformity guidance materials at the beginning of the Investigation Phase of any Continuous Monitoring Round.

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

TVs

Outcomes Report Published for Continuous Monitoring Round TV-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 the accuracy of the EPEAT Registry.

The Outcomes Report for Continuous Monitoring Round TV-2021-03 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

Imaging Equipment

Continuous Monitoring Round Using Documentation Review Launched for Imaging Equipment

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 14, 2022, EPEAT launched a Level 1 Continuous Monitoring Round for the Imaging Equipment 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 Imaging Equipment Round (IE-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 14, 2022—April 29, 2022
Deliberation Phase
The EPEAT Program reviews Draft Investigation Reports and supporting evidence and makes final decisions of conformity.
April 30, 2022—May 30, 2022
Corrective Action Phase
Participating Manufacturers correct nonconformances found during Investigations and CABs review for acceptability.
June 6, 2022—August 3, 2022
Reporting Phase
The EPEAT Program publishes an Outcomes Report summarizing the Round activities and results.
August 10, 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.

Photovoltaic Modules and Inverters

Outcomes Report Published for Continuous Monitoring Round PVMI-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 accuracy of the EPEAT Registry.

The Outcomes Report for Continuous Monitoring Round PVMI-2021-02, which focused on the Photovoltaic Modules and Inverters 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.

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 Criterion are available in the Outcomes Report.

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

Public Comment Reduction of Chemicals

Now Available – GEC’s Final State of Sustainability Research for Chemicals of Concern

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

The research identifies the human and environmental health impacts of chemicals of concern across the life cycle of ICT products and strategies to reduce these impacts The research identifies strategies to reduce chemicals of concern through understanding the chemical used within products and processes, determining the health impacts of chemicals, preventing the use of know toxic chemicals, and identifying safer alternatives. Finally, this research recommends criteria for the EPEAT ecolabel, based on the science and evidence presented in this State of Sustainability Research.

GEC is now convening Expert Ad Hoc Groups to review and draft criteria for chemicals of concern. Expert Ad Hoc Groups will meet over 8 to 12 weeks beginning in March 2022. The following Expert Ad Hoc Groups are being formed: Management of Substances Used in Product, Substance Inventory & Transparency, Alternatives Assessment for Chemicals of Concern, and Safer Manufacturing Chemicals. Stakeholders interested in participating in criteria development are encouraged to contact Criteria@globalelectronicscouncil.org.

The State of Sustainability Research for Chemicals of Concern is the third of four analyses supporting GEC’s initiative to develop modular criteria that will apply across all EPEAT product categories. In April 2021 GEC issued State of Sustainability Research for Climate Change Mitigation, and in December 2021 GEC issued its State of Sustainability Research for Sustainable Use of Resources. In 2022 GEC will issue State of Sustainability Research for Corporate ESG Performance. 

Please contact Rachel Simon (rsimon@gec.org) with any questions.  

 

 

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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 

Imaging Equipment TVs

Outcomes Reports Published for Continuous Monitoring Rounds IE-2021-02 and TV-2021-01

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 Reports for Continuous Monitoring Rounds IE-2021-02 and TV-2021-01 are now available on the EPEAT Registry. Continuous Monitoring Round IE-2021-02 was for the Imaging Equipment product category and involved Level 1 Investigations, which require CABs to review documentary evidence provided by Participating Manufacturers to demonstrate conformance. Continuous Monitoring Round TV-2021-01 was for the Televisions product category and involved Level 2 Investigations, which require laboratory evaluation of products to determine their conformance with specific EPEAT Criteria.

Additional details about the Rounds including the total number of investigations completed, the number of nonconformances found, and a breakdown of nonconformances by type and by Criterion are available in the respective Outcomes Report

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

Computers & Displays

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

Technical Committee Sustainable Use of Resources

Deadline Extended - Call for Participation - Technical Committee for Sustainable Use of Resources

The deadline to apply for membership on the Technical Committee for Sustainable Use of Resources is extended until 11:59 PM EST on February 11, 2022. This multi-stakeholder Technical Committee is the voluntary consensus body in the GEC Criteria Development Process, developing performance criteria that address material selection, product longevity, design for reuse and recycling, critical metals/rare earth elements, responsible end-of-life management, zero waste manufacturing and water consumption in the supply chain, and packaging. These criteria will apply across all EPEAT ICT product categories in 2023, replacing existing criteria.. 

GEC is partnering with NSF International, an organization with extensive expertise in managing voluntary consensus processes, to convene and manage the Technical Committee. The Committee will be comprised of 21 voting members, plus observers, with balanced representation from 4 stakeholder categories: manufacturers, sustainability advocates/government policy, purchasers and ecolabel users, and other industry. See the Call for Participation for additional information on Technical Committee membership and the application form, due no later than11:59 PM EST on February 11, 2022.

Sustainable Use of Resources 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, Chemicals of Concern, 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 Sustainable Use of Resources criteria or the criteria development process, please contact GEC at: Criteria@GlobalElectronicsCouncil.org.

Photovoltaic Modules and Inverters Public Comment

Deadline Extended: Public Comment on Ultra-Low Carbon Solar Criterion

The public comment period for GEC’s draft Ultra-Low Carbon Solar (ULCS) Criterion is extended until February 15, 2022. This Criterion will be added to the EPEAT Photovoltaic Module and Inverter (PVMI) product category, allowing purchasers to identify PV modules with an ultra-low carbon footprint. The ULCS Criterion establishes a standardized methodology for calculating low-embodied carbon PV modules and a consensus-based performance threshold.

Comments on any aspect of the criterion are welcome. There are also several topics in the criterion document where specific feedback is requested. All comments must be submitted by 11:59 PM EST on February 15, 2022 using this Public Comment form. Comments should be sent to Skye Lei at Anthesis (skye.lei@anthesisgroup.com).  

GEC is partnering with Anthesis, an organization with extensive expertise in life cycle analysis, to convene and manage the ULCS criteria development process. Any questions on the technical content of the criterion should be directed to Skye Lei at Anthesis (skye.lei@anthesisgroup.com). Questions about EPEAT and the application of the ULCS criterion should be directed to Criteria@globalelectronicscouncil.org.

Public Comment Expert Ad Hoc Technical Committee Climate Change Sustainable Use of Resources Reduction of Chemicals ESG Performance

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. The schedule in the attached update of the GEC Criteria Modules by Sustainability Impacts Overview, now includes a schedule for product-specific 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.

Webinars

2022 EPEAT Program COVID-19 Policy Modifications: Webinar Recording Available

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. 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.

On January 13, 2022, the EPEAT Program held three stakeholder information sessions to provide further details on the new modifications and associated requirements. The same information was presented in all sessions, which were held at various times to accommodate different time zones. The information session presentation materials, as well as a recording of the session, are now available.   

Please direct any questions about the COVID-19 modifications to 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

Wearables Public Comment Technical Committee

Wearables Product Category Development Updates

  • Starting Today: Public Comment on Draft Wearables Criteria

GEC’s draft criteria for Health and Wellness Wearable Electronic Devices are now open for public comment. This 60-day public comment period is the opportunity for you and any interested stakeholders to provide feedback on the draft criteria. Use this link to read the draft criteria and provide comments: LINK TO PUBLIC COMMENT. If you have questions about how to participate or would like to learn more about the draft criteria, please join our webinar on January 13, 11:00-12:30 Eastern: REGISTRATION LINK

  • Wearables Technical Committee

NSF International, the partner GEC selected to manage the voluntary consensus process for its sustainability criteria, released the roster for the Technical Committee for Health and Wellness Wearable Electronic Devices. 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.

 There are two open seats on the Technical Committee: one for a manufacturer and one for a sustainability advocate or government stakeholder. If you are interested in actively supporting the development of this new product category, please reach out to Greta Baragar (gbaragar@nsf.org).  Please contact Criteria@globalelectronicscouncil.org with other questions.

Imaging Equipment

Outcomes Report Published for Continuous Monitoring Round IE-2020-01

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 IE-2020-01 is now available on the EPEAT Registry.

Continuous Monitoring Round IE-2020-01 involved Level 2 Investigations of EPEAT-registered products in the Imaging Equipment Product Category. Level 2 Investigations require laboratory evaluation of products to determine their conformance with specific EPEAT Criteria. This Round was significantly delayed due to a series of COVID-related challenges in every phase of the Round.

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 are available in the Outcomes Report.

Technical Committee Sustainable Use of Resources

Technical Committee launching for Sustainable Use of Resources criteria for EPEAT ecolabel – now is your opportunity to get involved!

The Global Electronics Council (GEC) is developing criteria to address sustainable use of resources, including circularity, 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 reduce the stress on global resources and greenhouse gas emissions. 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 environmental impacts associated with production and consumption of ICT devices, inclusive of criteria addressing material selection, product longevity, design for reuse and recycling, critical metals/rare earth elements, responsible end-of-life management, zero waste manufacturing and water consumption in the supply chain, and packaging.

Applications for Technical Committee membership are due by 11:59 pm U.S. Eastern Time on January 31, 2022.  See the Call for Participation for additional information on Technical Committee membership and application form.

Sustainable Use of Resources 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, Chemicals of Concern, 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 Sustainable Use of Resources criteria or the criteria development process, please contact GEC at: Criteria@GlobalElectronicsCouncil.org.

Wearables Public Comment Webinars

Upcoming Webinar and Public Comment on Draft Criteria for Wearable Electronic Devices

GEC is launching a new EPEAT product category for Health and Wellness Wearable Electronic Devices, including fitness trackers, smartwatches, and the diverse wearables used to remotely monitor patient and employee health.

Join our webinar on January 13, 2022, 11:00 to 12:30 pm U.S. Eastern Time to learn about this new EPEAT category, the scope of products covered, and the draft criteria. Criteria cover chemical substances in the product, design for reuse and recycling, responsible end of life management, and data privacy. Register for this webinar using the following REGISTRATION LINK.

A 60-day public comment period on the draft criteria will begin on 12 January 2022. 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 these EPEAT Announcements and in the GEC Newsletter when the public comment period opens. The January webinar will also explain the process for submitting public comments.

For questions about this new product category, the webinar, or draft criteria please contact Criteria@globalelectronicscouncil.org.

Expert Ad Hoc Sustainable Use of Resources

Call for Participation: Expert Ad Hoc Group for Zero Waste Manufacturing

GEC invites stakeholders to participate in a Zero Waste Manufacturing Expert Ad Hoc group. This work will support the EPEAT sustainability impact module for Sustainable Use of Resources, focusing specifically on criteria to incentivize conservation of resources or “zero waste” in upstream supply chain manufacturing operations. Expert Ad Hoc Groups provide technical feedback on draft criteria and definitions. The work of this Expert Ad Hoc Group will start in early 2022 and is expected to continue for 1 month. The Expert Ad Hoc will meet by teleconference and provide offline review and comment on drafts.

This work adds to the Sustainable Use of Resources Expert Ad Hoc Groups previously communicated, specifically Materials Selection, Critical Minerals, Product Longevity (including design, circularity innovation, secure data deletion), Packaging Design, End-of-Life and Water Resources.

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

Please notify GEC of your interest in joining this Expert Ad Hoc Group by sending an email to CRITERIA@globalelectronicscouncil.org by January 3, 2022. Please also provide a 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.

 

Photovoltaic Modules and Inverters Public Comment

Public Comment Open: Ultra-Low Carbon Solar Criterion

Today GEC releases its draft Ultra-Low Carbon Solar (ULCS) Criterion for public comment. The ULCS Criterion is developed based on the principle that low-embodied carbon in photovoltaic (PV) modules is critical for achieving net-zero emissions with renewable energy. The ULCS Criterion establishes a standardized methodology for calculating low-embodied carbon in PV modules and a consensus-based performance threshold. This Criterion will be added to the EPEAT PV product category, allowing purchasers to identify PV modules with an ultra-low carbon footprint.

The public comment period -- open for 60 days -- is an opportunity for all interested stakeholders to provide technical comments on the draft criteria. Comments on any aspect of the criterion are welcome. There are also several topics in the criterion document where specific feedback is requested. All comments must be submitted by 11:59 PM North American Pacific Time on January 31, 2022 using this Public Comment form. Comments should be sent to Skye Lei at Anthesis (skye.lei@anthesisgroup.com).  

GEC is partnering with Anthesis, an organization with extensive expertise in life cycle analysis, to convene and manage the ULCS criteria development process. Any questions on the technical content of the criterion should be directed to Skye Lei at Anthesis (skye.lei@anthesisgroup.com). Questions about EPEAT and the application of the ULCS criterion should be directed to Criteria@globalelectronicscouncil.org.

 

Wearables Technical Committee Climate Change

Observers in Technical Committee - Anticipated Change in GEC Criteria Development Policy

At the request of stakeholders, GEC proposed a revision to its GEC Criteria Development Policy (P74) that will add the opportunity for stakeholders to participate as Observers in criteria development Technical Committees, which are the voluntary consensus bodies for EPEAT criteria. The public comment period on the proposed revision to the GEC Criteria Development Policy closes on December 17, 2021. Provided the proposed revision receives favorable public comments, GEC plans to expedite implementation of the proposed Observer policy, effective January 17, 2021. This will allow interested stakeholders to participate as Observers in the first substantive meeting of the Technical Committee for Climate Change Mitigation.

In its policy, GEC establishes general parameters for the operation of Technical Committees to ensure that the criteria development process is open and transparent to all interested organizations, while also fostering meaningful dialogue and the exchange of perspectives among stakeholder interest groups. Per the proposed policy revision, Observer status allows individuals to attend Technical Committee meetings and receive documents provided to the Technical Committee, such as meeting agendas and updates to the Full Draft Criteria Document. Technical Committee Observers may only observe meeting discussions, unless invited by the Technical Committee Chair to contribute to the meeting. Stakeholders must apply for Observer status and sign an Observer Agreement before receiving Technical Committee documents or attending meetings. Technical Committee Observers are limited to one representative from an organization. Organizations that have a representative with Technical Committee Member status are not eligible to have a Technical Committee Observer. The names and affiliations of all Technical Committee Observers are publicly available. See the proposed revisions for additional information.

In anticipation of this change, NSF International, GEC’s partner organization for criteria development, will be accepting applications from stakeholders that are interested in becoming Observers in active Technical Committees. Active Technical Committees currently include 1) Climate Change Mitigation, and 2) Health and Wellness Wearable Electronic Devices.  Interested stakeholders should contact Greta Baragar (GBarager@NSF.org) to apply for Observer status. Please include in your correspondence the organization that you represent and which of the above Technical Committees you are interested in joining as an Observer. NSF will provide Observer Agreement that must be completed before granting Observer status. 

For all other queries about EPEAT criteria development, please contact CRITERIA@globalelectronicscouncil.org.

Public Comment Reduction of Chemicals

Update: Public Comment Period Extended for State of Sustainability Research on Chemicals of Concern

The deadline for comments on GEC’s State of Sustainability Research on Chemicals of Concern is extended until 11:59 PST January 7, 2022. GEC welcomes stakeholder review and comments submitted using the Public Comment Form via e-mail to CRITERIA@globalelectronicscouncil.org.

This research examines the human health and environmental impacts associated with chemicals within and for the manufacturing of ICT products, then takes a systematic look at strategies to reduce the impact of chemicals and the potential to realize a shift to safer, more sustainable substances in electronics and its supply chain.

While all comments are welcome, we’re particularly interested in:

  • Identification of additional information and data on chemicals of concern relevant to ICT products;
  • Recommendation for additional mitigation strategies and best practices leading to demonstrable impact reductions;
  • Errors and omissions in the analyses and criteria recommendations; and
  • Affirmative feedback (e.g., if priority sustainability impacts are identified and adequately addressed).

Thanks in advance for your feedback!

Sustainable Use of Resources

Now Available -- Final State of Sustainability Research for Sustainable Use of Resources

GEC is pleased to release its final State of Sustainability Research for Sustainable Use of Resources, 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 identifies priority contributors to resource depletion across the life cycle of ICT products and strategies to reduce these impacts, including material selection, product longevity, recovery and recycling, water management, and circular business strategies. Finally, this research recommends criteria for the EPEAT ecolabel, based on the science and evidence presented in this State of Sustainability Research.

GEC is now convening Expert Ad Hoc Groups to review and draft criteria for sustainable use of resources. Stakeholders interested in participating in criteria development are encouraged to contact Criteria@globalelectronicscouncil.org.

The State of Sustainability Research for Sustainable Use of Resources is the second of four analyses supporting GEC’s initiative to develop modular criteria that will apply across all EPEAT ICT product categories. In April 2021 GEC issued State of Sustainability Research for Climate Change Mitigation, in November 2021 GEC issued its draft State of Sustainability Research on Chemicals of Concern. In 2022 GEC will issue State of Sustainability Research for Corporate ESG Performance.  

Please contact Erica Logan (elogan@globalelectronicscouncil.org) with any questions.  

 

 

Public Comment Webinars

Reminder: Public Stakeholder Comment Period for proposed revisions to EPEAT Policy Manual, EPEAT Conformity Assurance Implementation Manual, and GEC Criteria Development Process 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).

Stakeholder feedback and insights are an essential part of the Global Electronics Council’s (GEC) management of the EPEAT Program. As a result, GEC is holding a 60-day comment period and welcomes stakeholder feedback on the October 2021 proposed revisions to the EPEAT Policy Manual, the EPEAT Conformity Assurance Implementation Manual, and GEC Criteria Development Process. Please use the links above when accessing these three consultation documents, as they direct to versions of the documents that contain “tracked changes” which highlight deletions and insertions.

To facilitate the review of these documents, GEC held three informational sessions for stakeholders on November 18, 2021, 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 is open from October 18 through December 17, 2021. Comments must be documented using the EPEAT Public Comment Form and submitted electronically to EPEAT@globalelectronicscouncil.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 17, 2021.

Please direct any questions about this public comment period 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.

Expert Ad Hoc Reduction of Chemicals

Call for Participation: Expert Ad Hoc Groups for Chemicals of Concern

GEC invites stakeholders to participate in the technical review and drafting of criteria for the upcoming EPEAT sustainability impact module for Chemicals of Concern.

Below is a list of Expert Ad Hoc Groups that GEC is currently forming and the criteria topics they will address.

1.    Management of substances used in product – assessing and controlling chemicals of concern.

2.    Substance inventory & transparency – reporting of chemicals within products is to inform responsible supply chain management.

3.    Alternatives assessment for chemicals of concern & public disclosure –identifying, assessing, and making informed risk-based toxicological determination of the acceptability of use of materials and chemicals to replace high hazard chemicals with safer alternatives.

4.    Safer manufacturing chemicals -replacing high hazard cleaners and degreasers with safer alternatives.

Expert Ad Hoc Groups will review and provide technical feedback on draft criteria and definitions. The work of the Ad Hoc Groups will start in January 2022 and are expected to continue for 8-12 weeks. The Groups will meet by teleconference and provide offline review and comment on drafts.

Stakeholders with expertise in the Ad Hoc 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 have expertise in any of these topics, please send an email to CRITERIA@globalelectronicscouncil.org by December 17, 2021. Please identify the 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, Rachel Simon (rsimon@globalelectronicscouncil.org) with any questions.

 

Photovoltaic Modules and Inverters Servers TVs

Outcomes Reports Published for Continuous Monitoring Rounds: Photovoltaic Modules and Inverters, 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, 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 investigation 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 Reports for Continuous Monitoring Rounds PVMI-2021-01, SV-2021-02, and TV-2021-02 are now available on the EPEAT Registry.

Continuous Monitoring Rounds for Photovoltaic Modules and Inverters (PVMI-2021-01), Servers (SV-2021-02), and Televisions (TV-2021-02) all involved Level 1 Investigations, which require CABs to review documentary evidence provided by Participating Manufacturers to demonstrate conformance.

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

Public Comment Reduction of Chemicals

Public Comment Period Open for State of Sustainability Research on Chemicals of Concern

Deadline extended to January 7, 2022, 11:59 pm PST

 

Today GEC releases its draft State of Sustainability Research on Chemicals of Concern for a 30-day public comment period. This Research, which will guide upcoming EPEAT criteria development, examines the human health and environmental impacts associated with chemicals within and for the manufacturing of ICT products, then takes a systematic look at strategies to reduce the impact of chemicals and the potential to realize a shift to safer, more sustainable substances in electronics and its supply chain.

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 December 10, 2021.

 GEC invites stakeholder review of this State of Sustainability Research and submission of comments, including:

  • Identification of additional information and data on chemicals of concern relevant to ICT products;
  • Recommendation for additional mitigation strategies and best practices leading to demonstrable impact reductions;
  • Errors and omissions in the analyses and criteria recommendations; and
  • Affirmative feedback (e.g., if priority sustainability impacts are identified and adequately addressed).

This State of Sustainability Research is part of GEC process to revise criteria across all EPEAT 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.

Questions regarding this notice may be directed to the project lead, Rachel Simon, Senior Manager Technology Assessment and Resource Development.

Thanks in advance for your feedback!

 

Public Comment Climate Change Sustainable Use of Resources Reduction of Chemicals ESG Performance

Update to Schedule for Criteria Development and Implementation of EPEAT Sustainability Impact Modules

At the request of stakeholders, GEC will provide a quarterly update on the schedule for criteria development for the 4 sustainability impact modules. The schedule in the attached update of the GEC Criteria Modules by Sustainability Impacts Overview, reflects the current public comment period for Climate Change Mitigation criteria (closes December 7) and the upcoming public comment period for the State of Sustainability Research for Chemicals of Concern (opens November 10). We’ve also now included in this overview document the proposed implementation schedule for the sustainability impact modules that was previously shared on public webinars.  

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.

Computers & Displays Imaging Equipment Mobile Phones Photovoltaic Modules and Inverters Servers TVs

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.

Public Comment Webinars

Public Stakeholder Comment Period Launches for proposed revisions to EPEAT Policy Manual, EPEAT Conformity Assurance Implementation Manual, and GEC Criteria Development Process

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).

 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 (P74) identifies the process followed by the Global Electronics Council to develop, revise, and evaluate criteria for use in the EPEAT Program.

 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 2021 proposed revisions to the EPEAT Policy Manual, the EPEAT Conformity Assurance Implementation Manual, and GEC Criteria Development Process.  

 The comment period is open from October 18 through December 17, 2021. Comments must be documented using the EPEAT Public Comment Form and submitted electronically to EPEAT@globalelectronicscouncil.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 17, 2021.

 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 18, 2021

9am North America Eastern time on November 18, 2021

3pm Central European time on November 18, 2021

10pm Beijing time on November 18, 2021

Informational Call #2

Register in advance for Call #2

10am North America Pacific time on November 18, 2021

1pm North America Eastern time on November 18, 2021

7pm Central European time on November 18, 2021

2am Beijing time on November 19, 2021

Informational Call #3

Register in advance for Call #3

5pm North America Pacific time on November 18, 2021

8pm North America Eastern time on November 18, 2021

2am Central European time on November 19, 2021

9am Beijing time on November 19, 2021

 GEC proposes to publish the revised documents on February 15, 2022. Unless otherwise identified in the documents, new policy changes are proposed to become effective as of July 1, 2022. 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@globalelectronicscouncil.org

Computers & Displays Imaging Equipment

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

Webinars

Proposed 2022 EPEAT Program COVID-19 Policy Modifications

In April 2020, GEC authorized the EPEAT Program to address COVID-19 related disruptions and modify existing conformity assurance requirements and outlined these in addenda to EPEAT Policy Manual (P65) and EPEAT Conformity Assurance Implementation Manual (P66), and in the accompanying special document: “EPEAT Program COVID-19 Response – Frequently Asked Questions and Implementation Guidance".

Since the release of the initial modifications in April 2020, GEC continued to monitor COVID-19 related disruptions and has been responding accordingly. GEC seeks to engage stakeholders as we develop a balanced approach for 2022.  

GEC invites all stakeholders to participate in a multi-stakeholder session on October 28, 2021, where we will provide further details on proposed COVID-19 policy modifications for 2022. 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 a session, please use the registration links below. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing details for joining the call.

Information Session #15 am Pacific Time on October 28, 2021
8 am Eastern Time on October 28, 2021
2 pm Central European Time on October 28, 2021
9 pm Beijing Time on October 28, 2021
Registration link for session #1
Information Session #211 am Pacific Time on October 28, 2021
2 pm Eastern Time on October 28, 2021
8 pm Central European Time on October 28, 2021
2 am Beijing Time on October 29, 2021
Registration link for session #2
Information Session #35 pm Pacific Time on October 28, 2021
8 pm Eastern Time on October 28, 2021
2 am Central European Time on October 28, 2021
9 am Beijing Time on October 29, 2021
Registration link for session #3

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

Public Comment Climate Change

Public Comment Open: Climate Change Mitigation Criteria

Today GEC releases its draft Climate Change Mitigation 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 Climate Change Mitigation 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 December 6, 2021 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 October 13, 11 am - 12:30 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 Climate Change Mitigation criteria, see the overview of Criteria Modules by Sustainability Impact. Please contact Criteria@globalelectronicscouncil.org with questions.

 

Computers & Displays Servers Webinars

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.

Public Comment Technical Committee Webinars Climate Change

Climate Change Mitigation Criteria Updates

 
Coming Soon: Public Comment on Draft Climate Change Mitigation Criteria

GEC’s draft Climate Change Mitigation criteria will be released for public comment in the first week of October. 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 these EPEAT Announcements and in the GEC Newsletter when the public comment period opens.

 
Upcoming Webinar: Draft Criteria on Climate Change Mitigation

Join this webinar on October 13, 11:00 am -12:30 pm Eastern for an overview of the draft criteria for Climate Change Mitigation, 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

 
Climate Change Mitigation 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 Climate Change Mitigation. 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. 

For more information on the Climate Change Mitigation criteria, see the overview of Criteria Modules by Sustainability Impact. Please contact Criteria@globalelectronicscouncil.org with questions.

 

Expert Ad Hoc Sustainable Use of Resources

Call for Participation: Expert Ad Hoc Groups for Sustainable Use of Resources

GEC invites stakeholders to participate in the review and drafting of criteria for the upcoming EPEAT sustainability impact module for Sustainable Use of Resources.

Below is a list of Expert Ad Hoc Groups that GEC is currently forming and the criteria topics they will address.

1.     Materials selection – Selecting lower impact materials (metals/plastics) and use of recycled content.

2.     Critical minerals – Focus on recovery and recycling of critical minerals and rare earth elements (REEs).

3.     Product longevity

a)    Design for durability, repairability and recycling and provision of product service and spare parts. Some specific topics include longer life batteries, product durability testing, utilization of repairability indices, component part failure rates and availability of spare parts, part markings and information for recyclers to facilitate safe handling.   

b)    Business practices to incentivize circularity – how to incentivize and recognize transformative business practices to enable a more circular economy.

c)     Secure data deletion – Best practices to ensure data is securely removed from end-of-life equipment, such that it can be reused or repurposed.

4.    Packaging design – Promoting material efficiency and use of recycled and responsibly sourced renewable content.

5.    End-of-life – Addressing take-back (collection and recovery mechanisms), environmentally responsible processing, capacity building for developing markets, and reporting on recovery and recycling achievements.  

6.    Water resources – Assessing and reporting water use in the electronic product value chain.  

Expert Ad Hoc Groups will provide technical feedback on draft criteria and definitions. The work of the Expert Ad Hoc Groups will start in November 2021 and is expected to continue for 2-4 months depending on the topic. The Expert Ad Hocs 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 October 13, 2021. 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.

Public Comment Sustainable Use of Resources

Public Comment Open: State of Sustainability Research on Sustainable Use of Resources

Today GEC releases its draft State of Sustainability Research on Sustainable Use of Resources for a 30-day public comment period. This Research examines environmental impacts associated with materials used in and to produce ICT products and e-waste, then takes a systematic look at how to reduce these impacts through strategies that extend the useful life of products, increase product collection and repurposing, and target the recovery of valuable and critical materials.

The purpose of GEC’s State of Sustainability Research is to identify priority impacts and best practices for mitigating these impacts and serve as the science and evidence-based foundation for developing criteria for the EPEAT ecolabel.  GEC welcomes stakeholder review of this State of Sustainability Research and submission of comments, including:

·       Identification of additional life cycle analyses and pertinent data on the sustainable use of resources;

·       Mitigation strategies and best practices leading to demonstrable impact reductions;

·       Errors and omissions in the analyses and criteria recommendations; and

·       Affirmative feedback (e.g., if priority sustainability impacts are identified and adequately addressed). 

Please submit comments, by completing the SOSR Public Comment Form and submitting it via e-mail to CRITERIA@globalelectronicscouncil.org no later than 11:59 PST on October 13, 2021.

GEC is updating EPEAT criteria, focusing on 4 sustainability impact areas, including Sustainable Use of Resources.  See the overview of Criteria Modules by Sustainability Impact for more details on GEC’s criteria development process and anticipated schedule.

Questions regarding this notice may be directed to the project lead, Erica Logan, Senior Manager Technology Assessment and Resource Development; elogan@globalelectronicscouncil.org.

Public Comment Expert Ad Hoc Technical Committee Climate Change Sustainable Use of Resources Reduction of Chemicals ESG Performance

Update: Status of Criteria Development for EPEAT Sustainability Impact Modules

Earlier this year, GEC launched a multi-year initiative to revise its EPEAT criteria to align with sustainability impacts of electronic products and their supply chains, including Climate Change Mitigation, Sustainable Use of Resources (or Circularity), Reduction of Chemicals of Concern, and Corporate ESG Performance. When complete, these “modular” criteria will be applied across all EPEAT product categories, including computers and displays, mobile phones, imaging equipment, servers, televisions and network equipment. This GEC Criteria Modules by Sustainability Impacts Overview includes a summary of the criteria development process, opportunities to engage, and an update on the anticipated project implementation schedule. Stakeholders are encouraged to send questions to CRITERIA@globalelectronicscouncil.org.

 

Photovoltaic Modules and Inverters Technical Committee

Call for Participation: Technical Committee on Ultra-Low Carbon Criteria for Photovoltaic Modules

The Global Electronics Council (GEC) is developing criteria for its EPEAT ecolabel to calculate and identify low embodied carbon solar panels. 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 these leadership criteria. GEC is partnering with Anthesis, an organization with extensive expertise in life cycle analysis, to convene and manage the Technical Committee. The State of Sustainability Report on Ultra Low Carbon Solar provides the scientific-basis and background documentation for criteria development.

The Technical Committee is the consensus body in the GEC criteria development process. The Technical Committee on ultra-low carbon solar criteria is expected to begin its work in October 2021 and continue for up to 4 months. Technical Committee meetings will occur monthly via teleconference. See the Call for Participation for more information on the role of the Technical Committee and how to apply for membership. Applications for Technical Committee membership are due by midnight ET on September 11, 2021

For questions about this initiative, please contact: Criteria@GlobalElectronicsCouncil.org.

 

Technical Committee

Technical Conformity Assurance Committee (T-CAC) Meeting Issue Papers and Slides Available

GEC facilitated a Technical Conformity Assurance Committee (T-CAC) meeting on June 29, 2021. The purpose of the T-CAC 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. During this meeting, the following agenda items were discussed:

1.      Servers 2019 and Computers and Displays 2020 amendments

2.      Testing plastic parts vs plastic pellets

3.      Definition of electronic components

4.      Definition of product end-of-life and product no longer available for sale

GEC would like to thank all stakeholders who participated and provided feedback. Please contact Cara Beatty if you would like to receive a copy of the issue papers and slides reviewed during the meeting.

EPEAT Program Modifications to Address COVID-19 Constraints Extended to December 31, 2021

In April 2020, GEC authorized the EPEAT Program to address COVID-19 related disruptions and modify existing conformity assurance requirements and outlined these in addenda to EPEAT Policy Manual, and EPEAT Conformity Assurance Implementation Manual and the accompanying special document: “EPEAT Program COVID-19 Response - Frequently Asked Questions and Implementation Guidance”.

Since the release of the initial modification in April 2020, GEC has been monitoring COVID-19 related disruptions. GEC continues to see impacts to EPEAT Program activities arising from the pandemic and recent global surges. As a result, GEC has authorized the EPEAT Program to extend the current modifications to December 31, 2021.

These modifications are outlined in the June 11, 2021 addenda to the EPEAT Policy Manual (P65) that becomes effective starting July 1, 2021. Additional resources, including the EPEAT Conformity Assurance Implementation Manual (P66), a Frequently Asked Questions and Implementation Guidance companion document, and templates for implementation of the Force Majeure concept for supplier changes and component changes are available through an EPEAT Registry account under “Resources” or upon request. These additional resources provide details to help EPEAT Participating Manufacturers and GEC-approved Conformity Assurance Bodies (CABs) implement the modified conformity assurance requirements.

If you have any questions or would like the EPEAT Program to hold an information session about these policy modifications with your organization, please email us at EPEAT@globalelectronicscouncil.org.

Technical Committee Climate Change

Call for Participation: GEC Climate Change Mitigation Criteria

Technical Committee launching for Climate Change Mitigation criteria for EPEAT ecolabel – now is your opportunity to get involved!

The Global Electronics Council (GEC) is developing criteria to address climate change impacts throughout the life cycle of electronic products. These criteria will initially be leveraged across  EPEAT ICT product categories, 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 reduce climate change impacts. 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 climate change impacts, inclusive of criteria to address embodied carbon in the supply chain through manufacturing energy efficiency and renewable electricity sourcing, product energy efficiency, reduction of high global warming potential chemicals in manufacturing, carbon footprint analysis to identify product-specific hot spots, and manufacturer carbon reduction goals aligned with climate science.

See the Call for Participation for information on how to participate in the Technical Committee. Applications for Technical Committee membership are due by midnight ET on July 16, 2021

If you have questions about the Climate Change criteria or the criteria development process, please send an email to: Criteria@GlobalElectronicsCouncil.org.

 

Wearables Technical Committee

Call for Participation: GEC Health and Wellness Wearable Electronic Devices Criteria

Technical Committee launching for Health and Wellness Wearable Electronic Devices criteria for the EPEAT ecolabel – now is your opportunity to get involved!

The Global Electronics Council (GEC) is developing criteria to address the life cycle environmental and social impacts of Health and Wellness Wearable Electronic Devices. 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 reduce these impacts. GEC is partnering with NSF International, an organization with extensive expertise in managing voluntary consensus processes, to convene and manage the Technical Committee.

The Technical Committee will consider criteria for wearables covering data privacy and information security; chemicals of concern; chemicals alternatives assessment; skin sensitizers; design for reuse, repair, and recycling; recycled content; and end-of-life management. This product category will also leverage the Climate Change criteria currently in development.

See the Call for Participation  for information on the scope of criteria and how to participate in the Technical Committee. Applications for Technical Committee membership are due by midnight ET on July 16, 2021

If you have questions about the Health and Wellness Wearable Electronic Devices product category or the criteria development process, please send an email to: Criteria@GlobalElectronicsCouncil.org.

Technical Committee

Upcoming Technical Conformity Assurance Committee (T-CAC) Meeting

GEC will be facilitating a Technical Conformity Assurance Committee (T-CAC) meeting on June 29, 2021 at 9am Eastern Time North America / 3pm Central European Time / 9pm China Standard Time.

The T-CAC is open to all stakeholders including Participating Manufacturers, GEC-approved CABs, and Purchasers. The T-CAC is not a standing committee and there are no standing members.

As a reminder, the EPEAT Program seeks technical guidance and expertise from the T-CAC. The purpose of the T-CAC 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. Because participants must be prepared to discuss and provide feedback on technical issues, the EPEAT Program requests that participants be technical experts themselves or have access to relevant technical resources.

GEC anticipates that the following agenda items will be reviewed during the June 29, 2021 meeting:

1.      Servers 2019 and Computers and Displays 2020 amendments

2.      Testing plastic parts vs plastic pellets

3.      Definition of electronic components

4.      Definition of product end-of-life

 If you are interested in attending the upcoming meeting, please email Cara Beatty to be added to the meeting invitation and distribution list. Attendees will receive an issue paper for each agenda item. Issue papers provide a background, any reference material, and specific questions we are seeking input on. 

Climate Change Sustainable Use of Resources

Now Available -- Final State of Sustainability Research for Climate Change Mitigation

GEC is pleased to release its final State of Sustainability Research for Climate Change Mitigation, 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 identifies priority contributors to climate change across the life cycle of ICT products and strategies to reduce these impacts. It critically analyzes greenhouse gas emissions resulting from component and manufacturing processes, as well as the contributions of product use for diverse electronic devices. Given the drivers of greenhouse gas emissions, the research proposes strategies to reduce emissions, which translate into proposed performance criteria.

GEC is now convening Expert Ad Hoc Groups to review and draft criteria for climate change mitigation. Stakeholders interested in participating in criteria development are encouraged to contact Criteria@globalelectronicscouncil.org.

The State of Sustainability Research for Climate Change Mitigation is the first of four analyses supporting GEC’s initiative to develop modular criteria that will apply across all EPEAT product categories. In 2021 GEC will release additional State of Sustainability Research to support modular criteria for its three other priority impact areas: sustainable use of resources, reduction of chemicals of concern, and corporate environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance.

Please contact Erica Logan (elogan@globalelectronicscouncil.org) with any questions.  

 

Expert Ad Hoc Climate Change

Climate Change Mitigation Criteria - Request for Additional Experts

On setting carbon reduction goals in alignment with the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi)

GEC thanks stakeholders for providing comments on our State of Sustainability Research (SOSR) report for Climate Change Mitigation. As a result of comments received, GEC would like to convene experts to develop criteria on setting SBTi-based carbon reduction goals for manufacturers and their supply chains. SBTi criteria development will either be added to an existing Expert Ad Hoc Group or an additional group formed.

Stakeholders interested in providing expert input on setting SBTi aligned goals are asked to notify GEC by sending an email to CRITERIA@globalelectronicscouncil.org by June 2, 2021.

Stakeholders who previously expressed interest in participating in Expert Ad Hoc Groups for Climate Change Mitigation will receive meeting scheduling information soon.

Please contact Erica Logan (elogan@globalelectronicscouncil.org) with any questions.

 

Wearables Expert Ad Hoc Sustainable Use of Resources

Now Available – Final State of Sustainability Research for Health and Wellbeing Wearable Electronic Devices

GEC is excited to announce the availability of the final State of Sustainability Research for Health and Wellbeing Wearable Electronic Devices (HWWED) – covering fitness trackers, smartwatches, and wearable medical devices. This research includes a dedicated chapter on data privacy concerns, prepared by the Future Privacy Forum, and strategies to protect sensitive personal data.

This final State of Sustainability Research incorporates comments submitted by stakeholders during the public consultation process. GEC thanks the stakeholders whose substantive feedback helps ensure that this document represents the best currently available data on sustainability impacts and reduction strategies for wearable technology.

Leveraging the science and information in the State of Sustainability Research, GEC is forming Expert Ad Hoc Groups as the next step in criteria development for the HWWED EPEAT category. Stakeholders with relevant expertise are invited to express interest in participating in these groups, which are focused on clusters of closely related criteria. Ad Hocs will start work in June, and are expected to continue for 8-10 weeks. We are currently forming the following Expert Ad Hoc Groups:

  • Scoping and Definition of HWWED Product Category
  • Data Privacy and Information Security for wearable devices
  • Chemicals of Concern: Substances in Product, Alternatives Assessment, and Skin Sensitizers
  • Design for Reuse, Repair, and Recycling; and Recycled Content
  • End-of-Life Management
  • Corporate ESG Performance

If you have expertise in any of these topics and would like to participate, please contact the project lead, Ben Levin (BLevin@GlobalElectronicsCouncil.org) by May 19, 2021. Please identify the Ad Hoc Group(s) that you are interested in from the above list and provide a brief summary of your background and experience on the topic.

Read more about the review and drafting of criteria for the upcoming EPEAT category for Health and Wellbeing Wearable Electronic Devices.

Now Available – Process Documentation for GEC’s Dynamic Criteria Development Process

GEC develops criteria for the EPEAT ecolabel in accordance with its Dynamic Criteria Development Process. With its Dynamic Criteria Development Process, GEC develops criteria based on sustainability impacts and in voluntary consensus processes that encourages broad and balanced stakeholder participation. Documentation of the GEC Criteria Development Process (P74) and how stakeholders can engage in the process is now available for download.

For additional information on GEC criteria development and stakeholder engagement, view the recording of GEC’s March 2021 webinar -- Developing EPEAT Criteria Using GEC’s Dynamic Criteria Development Process.

If you have questions about the process or how to participate, contact Criteria@GlobalElectronicsCouncil.org

Networking Equipment

Now Available: Network Equipment Category Intake Screens Open to Participating Manufacturers and CABs

The Global Electronics Council (GEC) is pleased to announce that the intake screens for the Network Equipment Category are now available on the EPEAT Registry.

Beginning May 3, 2021, Participating Manufacturers can begin working with their Conformity Assurance Bodies (CABs) to register their network equipment.

Participating Manufacturers are encouraged to contact EPEAT@GlobalElectronicsCouncil.org for more information on participation and to schedule an individualized demo session of the new intake screens.

Products covered by the new EPEAT Network Equipment category include switches and routers for data centers and other enterprise applications, as well as customer-premise routers.

The new Network Equipment criteria address the life cycle impacts of equipment, from raw material extraction to component and product manufacturing and end of life, across four sustainability impact areas:

  • Climate change mitigation
  • Reduction of chemicals of concern
  • Sustainable use of resources, or circularity
  • Corporate environment, social and governance performance

GEC expects the Network Equipment Category to be available on the public-facing EPEAT Registry in Summer 2021.

Purchasers interested in specifying or buying EPEAT-registered Network Equipment should also contact EPEAT@GlobalElectronicsCouncil.org for information on getting started.

Wearables Expert Ad Hoc

Deadline Extended for Joining Expert Ad Hoc Groups for Drafting Wearables Criteria

The deadline for expressing interest in participating in Expert Ad Hoc Groups for the Health and Wellbeing Wearable Electronic Devices (HWWED) EPEAT category has been extended to May 19, 2021. Ad Hocs will start work in June, and are expected to continue for 8-10 weeks.

As a reminder, we are currently inviting stakeholders to participate in the following Ad Hoc Groups:

  • Scoping and Definition of HWWEDs
  • Data Privacy and Information Security
  • Chemicals of Concern: Substances in Product, Alternatives Assessment, and Skin Sensitizers
  • Design for Reuse, Repair, and Recycling; and Recycled Content
  • End-of-Life Management
  • Corporate ESG Performance

In particular, we continue to look for experts in Data Privacy and Information Security to support the Wearables criteria development.

If you are interested, please contact Ben Levin (BLevin@GlobalElectronicsCouncil.org), indicate the Ad Hoc Group(s), and provide a brief background of your expertise.

Read more about the review and drafting of criteria for the upcoming EPEAT category for Health and Wellbeing Wearable Electronic Devices.

Expert Ad Hoc Climate Change

Call for Participation: Expert Ad-Hoc Groups for Climate Change Mitigation

GEC invites stakeholders to participate in the review and drafting of criteria for the upcoming EPEAT sustainability impact module for Climate Change Mitigation.

Below is a list of Ad Hoc Groups that GEC is currently forming:

  • Conducting life cycle GHG emission assessments;
  • Implementing energy efficiency measures in product and component manufacturing to reduce embodied carbon;
  • Sourcing electricity from renewable energy sources for manufacture of product and components to reduce embodied carbon;
  • Reducing use of high global warming potential chemicals in component manufacturing; and
  • Product energy efficiency.

Ad Hoc Groups will review, provide feedback, and make recommendations on draft criteria and definitions. The work of the Ad Hoc Groups will start in June 2021 and are expected to continue for 8-10 weeks. The Groups will meet by teleconference and provide offline review and comment on drafts. Stakeholders with expertise in the Ad Hoc 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 have expertise in any of these topics and haven’t already notified us of your interest in participating, please send an email to CRITERIA@globalelectronicscouncil.org by May 19, 2021. Please identify the 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.

Networking Equipment

Criteria Now Available: Sustainability Assessment of Network Equipment

GEC is pleased to announce the publication of criteria for the Sustainability Assessment of Network Equipment and the launch of its new EPEAT product category. Products covered by the new EPEAT Network Equipment category include switches and routers for data centers and other enterprise applications, as well as customer premise routers.

The new Network Equipment criteria address the life cycle impacts of equipment, from raw material extraction to component and product manufacturing and end of life, across four sustainability impact areas:

  • Climate change mitigation
  • Reduction of chemicals of concern
  • Sustainable use of resources, or circularity
  • Corporate environment, social and governance performance

GEC expects this new product category to be available through the EPEAT Registry in Summer 2021. The Registry will be available to Participating Manufacturers on May 3, 2021 - Participating Manufacturers can begin working with their CABs to register their network equipment and are encouraged to contact EPEAT@GlobalElectronicsCouncil.org for more information.

Purchasers interested in specifying or buying EPEAT-registered Network Equipment should contact EPEAT@GlobalElectronicsCouncil.org for information on getting started.

Photovoltaic Modules and Inverters Public Comment

Public Comment Open: State of Sustainability Research for Ultra Low-Carbon Photovoltaic

GEC invites stakeholders to provide comments on the draft State of Sustainability Research for ultra low-carbon solar photovoltaic modules. The State of Sustainability Research provides the rationale and science-based foundation for developing EPEAT criteria, along with a conceptual framework for drafting the ultra low-carbon solar criteria.

Comments must be submitted no later than May 7, 2021 using the SOSR Public Comment Form. Comments should be sent to CRITERIA@globalelectronicscouncil.org.

Read more about the ULCS criteria proposed for EPEAT.

Public Comment Climate Change

Public Comment Open: State of Sustainability Research on Climate Change Mitigation

GEC invites stakeholders to comment on its State of Sustainability Research on Climate Change Mitigation for ICT products, including:

  • Identification of additional lifecycle analyses and data on climate change impacts;
  • Mitigation strategies and best practices leading to demonstrable impact reduction;
  • Errors, omissions, and affirmative feedback (e.g., if priority sustainability impacts are adequately addressed)

This SOSR will serve as the scientific basis for development of EPEAT sustainability performance criteria.

Comments must be submitted by May 7, 2021 using the attached SOSR Public Comment Form and submitting it via e-mail to CRITERIA@globalelectronicscouncil.org by May 7, 2021 .

Read more about climate change criteria development.

Wearables Expert Ad Hoc

Call for Participation: Health & Wellbeing Wearable Electronic Devices

GEC Invites stakeholders to participate in the review and drafting of criteria for the upcoming EPEAT category for Health and Wellbeing Wearable Electronic Devices (HWWED), including fitness trackers, smartwatches, and wearable medical devices. Below is a list of Ad Hoc Groups that GEC is currently forming:

  • Scoping and Definition of HWWED Product Category
  • Data Privacy and Information Security
  • Chemicals of Concern: Substances in Product, Alternatives Assessment, and Skin Sensitizers
  • Design for Reuse, Repair, and Recycling; and Recycled Content
  • End-of-Life Management
  • Corporate ESG Performance

If you have expertise in any of these topics and would like to participate, please contact the project lead, Ben Levin (mailto:BLevin@GlobalElectronicsCouncil.org) by April 15, 2021.

Read more about the review and drafting of criteria for the upcoming EPEAT category for Health and Wellbeing Wearable Electronic Devices.