The Green Electronics Council (GEC) is a mission-driven 501c(4) non-profit that collaborates to achieve a world in which only sustainable IT products are designed, manufactured, and purchased. Founded initially to manage EPEAT, the leading global ecolabel for IT products, GEC advocates for sustainable IT by helping both manufacturers and large-scale purchasers to:
- Understand the challenges facing sustainable IT
- Commit to address those challenges
- Act to change internal operational, manufacturing and procurement behaviors
To incentivize global IT brands to design and manufacture sustainable IT products, there must be purchasers who want to buy sustainable IT products. Through EPEAT, GEC provides manufacturers sustainable product design criteria and provides purchasers access to a wide selection of high-performance, sustainable, and cost-competitive IT products. We are proud of how our flagship program, EPEAT, drives purchaser demand for sustainable IT and assists manufacturers in meeting that demand.
The IT sector today is not as sustainable as GEC envisions it can become. IT products continue to consume significant amounts of materials, chemicals, water and energy throughout their lifecycle. They are a large source of waste, which has varying levels of toxicity, and are not designed for end-of-life management. IT supply chains are not socially responsible and contain unacceptable risks to workers and communities. In addition to EPEAT, GEC manages other projects to seek solutions to these challenges.
for design, manufacturing, and purchasing practices that improve the health of the environment and the quality of life for people everywhere
to maintaining a credible and transparent rating system of sustainable IT products through EPEAT
in supporting institutional purchasers by addressing the challenges facing sustainable procurement of IT