The Green Electronics Council (GEC) spearheads multiple programs to prompt the design, manufacture, use and recyclability of sustainable electronics. These programs have been established to address current sustainability challenges in the electronics sector. You can learn more about each program by browsing the tabs on the left.
GEC meets our mission by:
- Catalyzing: We actively engage relevant stakeholders to identify, discuss and decide on a plan of action to move forward on a challenge facing the electronics sector;
- Prompting commitment: We develop thought leadership that stimulates commitment by relevant stakeholders to adopt more sustainable electronics policies, manufacturing processes and purchasing preferences;
- Embedding action: We assist organizations in the evolution of their processes, policies and/or activities toward improved design, manufacture, use, and recyclability of sustainable electronics.
To incentivize companies to design and manufacture more sustainable electronics, there have to be purchasers who want to buy sustainable electronics. GEC’ actively assists in explaining what constitutes a sustainable product, and we work to stimulate market demand for those products. We understand how essential it is to maintain this manufacturer/purchaser balance and are proud of how our flagship program, EPEAT, and our Assurance Services department help to maintain that balance.
In today’s hyper-connected world, electronics are a core component of larger sustainable systems. This is why GEC is exploring the role of electronics in sustainable cities with a focus on defining, deploying and addressing end of life (EoL) issues of “sustainable” sensors.
Modern electronics and their components are comprised of more than 1,000 materials, from chlorinated solvents and brominated flame retardants, to PVC and heavy metals. The use of such materials needs to be dramatically reduced, if not totally eliminated. Understanding the role of chemical substitution and how to improve e-recyclability throughout the electronics value chain are two initiatives GEC is pursuing.
Whereas the focus of sustainable electronics has been predominantly environmental, the electronics sector will not be truly sustainable if it does not address social issues in the electronics supply chain. GEC has therefore initiated a program in this area.