Ecolabels

Ecolabels Overview

The Global Electronics Council manages ecolabels to assist purchasers in identifying credible sustainable technology products and services.

GEC’s EPEAT ecolabel is the leading Type 1 ecolabel covering products and services from the technology sector. It offers purchasers access to more products from a broader range of manufacturers than any other comparable ecolabel.

Products meeting EPEAT criteria are listed on the EPEAT online registry. Among the hundreds of environmental labels in the marketplace today, Type 1 ecolabels are recognized by the United Nations Environment Programme as the most reliable. Thousands of businesses, schools, hospitals and governments worldwide trust EPEAT to inform and streamline their purchase of sustainable technology products.

GEC believes there are important reasons why Type 1 ecolabels are considered the most reliable for public and private sector institutional purchasers.

Coming soon, the Global Electronics Council will launch an ecolabel covering electronic components.

Ecolabel Policies

The Global Electronics Council maintains policies, conformity assurance requirements, and internal procedures to support and govern programmatic activities for its ecolabels. These documents ensure GEC’s ecolabels continue to exceed the requirements of ISO 14024, the internationally recognized standard necessary for managing Type 1 ecolabels. The detailed policies for the EPEAT program are available here.

GEC has been audited by ANAB and received formal recognition for meeting the requirements of ISO 14024, the internationally-recognized standard for Type 1 ecolabels.

Registering Products

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Manufacturers and/or brands interested in getting their products registered under one of GEC’s ecolabels first need to sign a contract with GEC, confirming that they will meet relevant policies. They must also choose a Conformity Assurance Body (CAB). CABs are third-party organizations that work with manufacturers to verify that their products meet the EPEAT criteria as claimed. Manufacturers interested in registering sustainable IT products and services through GEC ecolabels may choose to work with any existing CABs that work with their product categories. 

Download the GEC Participating Manufacturer Contract for EPEAT.

Further details on the EPEAT ecolabel’s verification process are available in the short education video below:

The Conformity Assurance Bodies providing third party verification services are experienced testing and certification organizations that must meet ISO/IEC 17020 Conformity assessment – Requirements for the operation of various types of bodies performing inspection or ISO/IEC 17065 Conformity assessment – Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services. GEC staff manage the CABs, making sure they maintain their required certifications, are trained on ecolabel criteria, and meet both technical and service performance requirements set by GEC.

Review the Conformity Assurance Bodies (CABs) currently supporting GEC ecolabels.

To find out more about joining the EPEAT ecolabel, please visit the EPEAT Registry.

Conformity Assurance Bodies

Conformity Assurance Bodies (CABs) are experienced testing and certification organizations that work with manufacturers/brands to verify their product claims against ecolabel criteria. GEC staff manage the CABs, making sure they maintain their required certifications, are trained on ecolabel criteria, and meet both technical and service performance requirements set by GEC.

Manufacturers interested in registering sustainable IT products and services through GEC ecolabels may choose to work with any existing CABs that work with their product categories.

Companies interested in joining the network of GEC approved CABs, please contact us.

Global Electronics Council

Portland, Oregon, United States

The Global Electronics Council‘s Assurance Services department has supported manufacturers since 2006 with their global EPEAT product declarations. To learn more about engaging the GEC’s Assurance Services department contact Beverly Kennedy at GECCAB@globalelectronicscouncil.org

Click here to learn more about GEC’s Conformity Assurance Services.

CESI

Beijing, China

As a leading certification and evaluation body in electronics & IT, CESI Certification Co., Ltd. (CESI Certification) is an authoritative certification body under China Electronics Standardization Institute (CESI), approved by CNCA, and accredited by CNAS and ANAB. Taking standardization as the core, CESI Certification has long been devoted to the research and services in the field of energy conservation and green manufacturing to support the implementation of China’s green manufacturing projects. CESI has gradually formed the green manufacturing service capability of the whole chain, including consultation-evaluation-certification-standardized service, and has actively carried out public welfare policy publicity and promotion and energy-saving diagnosis service.

Contact:

Sandy Huang: 0086-10-64102686, huangmy@cesi.cn

Website: http://www.cc.cesi.cn

CTC

Beijing, China

CTC, founded in 1984, is a leader in independent testing, inspection and certification services in China,with five major business platforms of testing, inspection and certification, safety services, instrument R&D, and extension services. Its services cover areas such as quality, safety, environmental protection, PVs, building materials and construction projects, and it has provided certification for nearly 7,000 customers, issued a total of over 30,000 certificates, and accumulated more than 10,000 evaluation and verification reports and 500,000 annual testing reports.

Visit www.ctc.ac.cn for more information

Contact: Paul Xiao

DEKRA
Stuttgart, Germany – Guangzhou, China – Concord, California, United States

DEKRA SE currently operates in more than 50 countries, with over 28,000 employees committed to ensuring long-term safety, quality and environmental protection. The DEKRA Business Units “Automotive”, “Industrial” and “Personnel” provide services in the fields of vehicle inspections, expert appraisals, international claims management, consulting, industrial testing, product testing, certification, environmental protection, qualification, and temporary work. In 2012 DEKRA generated sales totaling over 2 billion Euros.

Visit www.dekra-consulting.com for more information.

Contacts: Christina Bocher, Americas and Europe; & Stan Zurkiewicz, Asia

SGS

Shanghai, China

SGS is a world-leading inspection, verification, testing, and certification company. With more than 89,000
employees, SGS operates a network of over 2,600 offices and laboratories around the world. SGS has been
recognized for quality and integrity, including on the Forbes Global 2000, Dow Jones Sustainability Index and
FTSE4 Good Index. SGS provides specialized business solutions that improve quality, safety, and
productivity, reduce risk, and help customers navigate an increasingly regulated world.

Contact: Chelsea.liang@sgs.com

Website: http://www.sgs.com/

TüV Rheinland
Cologne, Germany — Beijing, China — Boxborough, Massachusetts, United States

TüV Rheinland, founded in 1872, is a global leader in independent testing, inspection and certification services. The Group maintains a presence at around 500 locations in 66 countries with 19,320 employees. The independent experts stand for quality and safety for people, the environment, and technology in nearly all aspects of life. TüV Rheinland inspects technical equipment, products and services, oversees projects and helps to shape processes for companies. Its experts train people in a wide range of careers and industries. TüV Rheinland employs a global network of approved labs, testing and education centres. Since 2006, TüV Rheinland has been a member of the United Nations Global Compact to promote sustainability and combat corruption.

Visit www.tuv.com for more information.

Contact: Fallight Xu

UL Environment

Northbrook, Illinois, United States

UL Environment, a business unit of UL, works to advance global sustainability, environmental health, and safety by supporting the growth and development of environmentally preferable products, services and organizations. UL Environment helps companies achieve their sustainability goals – and help purchasers, specifiers, retailers, governments, and consumers find products they can trust. UL Environment offers environmental claim validations, multi-attribute product certifications, environmental product declarations, indoor air quality certification, product emissions testing, organizational sustainability certification, and consulting.

Visit www.ul.com/environment for more information.

Contact:
Wade Stout
Wade.stout@ul.com
T 1+678.444.4046

VDE Institute
Offenbach am Main, Germany

VDE (Verband der Elektrotechnik, Elektronik, Informationstechnik e.V) Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies based in Germany operates the VDE Testing and Certification Institute as a well-known testing and certification body, internationally active for over 90 years, and accredited by multiple organizations worldwide. The VDE Institute provides premium services regarding safety, usability as well as EMC and operates a chemical lab, to cover environmental regulatory material requirements and the sustainability aspects of electronic products.

Download VDE’s PRE services presentation and visit www.vde.com for more information.

Contact: Michael Riess

GEC CAB

The GEC CAB has supported EPEAT-participating manufacturers since 2006 and maintains rigorous accreditation to ISO/IEC 17020. It is particularly helpful to companies just joining EPEAT, as well as to small and medium companies with limited resources.

Click here for more information.

Criteria Development

The Global Electronics Council is committed to developing lifecycle-based criteria through a balanced voluntary consensus process using an innovative process developed by GEC called the Dynamic Criteria Development Process (DCDP). The DCDP contains the five elements of a voluntary consensus process: openness, balance, due process, appeals process and consensus.

A summary of the DCDP and procedures governing the process are publicly available, as is the process GEC follows to select product categories.

Advisory Council

GEC’s EPEAT ecolabel works with the following Advisory Council to ensure that EPEAT best meets the needs of both purchasers and manufacturers.

The EPEAT Advisory Council is a non-fiduciary body formed to provide input and advice to EPEAT management. The Green Electronics Council manages the EPEAT system. The EPEAT Advisory Council draws volunteers from all of EPEAT’s stakeholder groups, including representatives of manufacturing, purchasing, environmental advocacy, recycling, government, research, retail and reseller interests. Members are nominated for three-year terms. Each Advisor’s term expires in December of the year indicated in parentheses shown.

The Advisory Council, whose members are shown here, meets twice annually in person and at least twice annually via teleconference. Subgroups of the Council also meet to discuss and develop proposals on specific issues as needed. The Council operates and makes decisions primarily through a consensus-based process. Nonmembers are welcome to attend meetings by invitation. Please contact EPEAT to make arrangements to attend a meeting.

Dave Asiello (2022)
Program Manager
U.S. Department of Defense

Blake Bennett (2022)
Coordinator, Oregon E-Cycles Program
Oregon DEQ

Jenni Chun (2023)
General Manager of Regulatory Affairs
Samsung

Jeff Deeney (2022)
Product Environmental Stewardship
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Karen Drozdiak (2023)
Manager of Sustainability Communications & Analysis
First Solar, Inc.

Charleen Fain-Keslar (2023)
Branch Chief, Procurement Division
State of California Department of General Services

Bill Hoffman (2023)
Senior Scientist
UL Environment

Stephanie H. Leclerc (2024)
Sustainable Procurement Project Manager
McGill University

Adam Rubinfield (2023)
Sustainability Manager, Corporate Procurement
World Bank Group

Nerea Ruiz (2023)
Senior Programme Manager
ECOS

Kyle Tafuri (2022)
Director of Sustainability
Hackensack Meridian

Lissa Wang (2022)
Compliance Manager
TPV/MMD

Fallight Xu (2022)
Manager Sustainability Services
TUV Rheinland