The Global Electronics Council provides a number of free resources to help purchasers and manufacturers use our ecolabel registries and learn best practices on how to bring more sustainable IT products and services into the marketplace.
State of Sustainability Research
GEC’s State of Sustainability Research presents science-based evidence and data on the social and environmental impacts across the lifecycle of technology products and services, providing the foundation for the development and revision of its sustainability criteria. The research also identifies strategies to reduce sustainability impacts, including existing regulations and voluntary leadership programs, and foster harmonization with global best practices.
Purchasers globally are being asked to leverage their procurement process to address a broad number of sustainability challenges and to apply sustainability considerations to the procurement of various new technologies. To assist, GEC has launched the Purchaser Guide Series. The purpose of each guide is to provide purchasers specific procurement questions that can be used throughout the procurement process, and examples of documentation that should be provided in the response. When used as a procurement tool, the Guide can assist purchasers to leverage their purchasing power to address pressing sustainability impacts while meeting the primary goal of achieving a successful procurement. GEC currently offers two Purchaser Guides addressing Labor and Human Rights and Cloud Services. A Guide on Circular Procurements is currently in development.
Sustainability Impact Overviews
The EPEAT ecolabel empowers purchasers to meet their organizational sustainability goals through their purchasing decisions. These overview documents explain how EPEAT criteria address specific sustainability impacts including climate change, chemicals of concern, supply chain social impacts, plastics, and zero waste.
The Global Electronics Council (GEC) manages the EPEAT ecolabel. GEC has met the requirements of ISO 14024, which is necessary for managing a Type 1 ecolabel. GEC sets the policies for the EPEAT Program.
The EPEAT ecolabel is the leading global Type 1 ecolabel covering products and services from the technology sector. It identifies more products from a broader range of manufacturers than any other comparable ecolabel. Products currently meeting EPEAT criteria, known as “active” EPEAT-registered products, are listed on this Registry. View the criteria for each EPEAT product category here. Purchasers can search for products based on product category, manufacturer, where the product is expected to be used, or by EPEAT rating (Bronze/Silver/Gold). For information on how to best utilize the EPEAT Registry, please reference our EPEAT Registry FAQs .
Coming soon, the Global Electronics Council will launch an ecolabel covering electronic components.
The Global Electronics Council has worked with several EPEAT Purchaser Award winners to develop case studies to provide information on how other public/private sector organizations can leverage EPEAT as part of their sustainable procurement activities.
- Achieving Sustainability Goals with EPEAT and ICLEI ClearPath in Durango, CO
- Kaiser Permanente and EPEAT: Purchasing Environmentally Responsible Electronics
- New York State and EPEAT
GEC proudly hosts robust webinars that address innovative approaches to environmental and social sustainability.
Previously recorded webinars are available here to watch at your convenience.
- The Power of Federal Procurement
- Can Drones Help to Conserve the Planet’s Natural Resources
- Using Technology to Address Food Availability
- Developing EPEAT Criteria Using GEC’s Dynamic Criteria Development Process
- How Eavesdropping on Nature Can Keep the Planet Healthy
- Trends in Electronic Product Repairability
- Wearable Electronics for Health, Wellbeing, and a Sustainable Future
The GEC Purchaser Commitment is a multi-year global campaign that leverages the power of purchasing to mitigate climate change and reduce e-waste. The commitment asks organizations and/or individual purchasers to commit to purchasing sustainable and circular...
GEC launches revised Purchasers Guide for Addressing Labor & Human Rights in Technology Procurements
Catch up quick: In 2017, GEC released the original Purchaser Guide for Addressing Labor & Human Rights in Technology Procurements. GEC was prompted to develop the Guide by institutional purchasers, globally, who shared their challenges with assuring that the...