Advancing Sustainable Electronics

by leveraging the power of the purchaser.

Purchaser Guide for Addressing Labor & Human Rights Impacts in Technology Procurements

This guide provides purchasers with a concise set of labor and human rights procurement questions that could be clearly understood by technology companies, and by identifying credible supporting documentation that technology companies could provide purchasers in response.

State of Sustainability Research for Climate Change Mitigation

The State of Sustainability Research for Climate Change Mitigation Identifies priority contributors to climate change across the life cycle of ICT products and strategies to reduce these impacts. This State of Sustainability Research serves as the evidenced-based scientific foundation for EPEAT criteria development.

Resources

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.

Purchaser Guides

Purchasers globally are being asked to leverage their procurement process to address a broad number of sustainability 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. The Guide on Circular Procurements will be available in October 2021.

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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.

Ecolabels

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.

Case Studies

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.

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Introducing the Global Electronics Council

Introducing the Global Electronics Council

Nancy Gillis, CEO, Global Electronics Council The Global Electronics Council is proud of our more than decade-long history supporting large-scale purchasers, both public and private sectors, in their sustainable procurement activities. As purchasers globally demand...

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