Our facilitation experts have managed multi-stakeholder processes resulting in some of their respective sector’s most successful standards. With more than 15 years of standards-development experience, we can facilitate any organization’s definitional exercise. GEC’s primary goals are to have a forward-looking process that’s inclusive and efficient with stakeholders’ time, produces true leadership standards in current and new areas, and encourages broad and global participation in the standards-setting process.
For much of the past decade, GEC staff have been engaged in the development of standards for the EPEAT Registry, which requires a voluntary, multi-stakeholder consensus processes. To qualify for inclusion in EPEAT, a standard must have been developed through a process that is balanced, open and transparent, allowing all interested stakeholders to provide input and review. The Green Electronic Council’s Policy on Qualification of Standards for the EPEAT Registry and Guidance for Evaluation of Qualification Factors for the EPEAT Registry outline the protocols and considerations that guide the decision to implement a new or revised standard on the Registry.
GEC is currently working with stakeholders to complete an innovative shared-ownership standard for environmental leadership for Servers, as well as an update to the 1680.1 PC/Display standard. We are also supporting development of a standard for photovoltaic modules and completion of a standard for mobile phones. Information about, and access to, these processes is available below.
Standards In Development
- Standard for Environmental Leadership Assessment of Servers – Joint process between IEEE 1680.4 and NSF 426
- Sustainability Leadership Standard for Photovoltaic Modules – NSF 457
- Standard for Environmental Assessment of Personal Computer Products, Including Notebook Personal Computers, Desktop Personal Computers, Slate/Tablets, Small Scale Servers, Signage Displays and Personal Computer Monitors – Revision of IEEE 1680.1
Qualification of Standards for the EPEAT Registry
The Green Electronics Council (GEC) assists standards development organizations (SDOs) in their development of IT sustainability standards for use in EPEAT. For GEC to consider the use of a standard in EPEAT, the standard is evaluated to ensure it was developed through a voluntary consensus process and that the standard represents environmental leadership. If the standard being considered meets GEC’s requirements on the standard development process and on standard content, GEC seeks input from affected stakeholders regarding implementing the standard in EPEAT.
GEC is excited for the potential to add a mobile phone product category to the EPEAT Registry by implementing the UL 110 Standard for Sustainability of Mobile Phones. GEC’s evaluation report on the qualifications of the UL110 Standard for Sustainability of Mobile Phones against our requirements on standard development and standard content is available here. GEC welcomes any comments, particularly advice on how GEC can raise purchaser awareness and spur preference for products in this new product category. Comments may be emailed to Melanie Bower, EPEAT Program Director.
Please note that this is not an opportunity to provide comments on the content of the standard. Comments on the content of the UL 110 Standard for Sustainability of Mobile Phones should be addressed to UL through their process for revising the standard. The full text of the UL 110 standard is available on UL’s website.
Photovoltaic Modules Standard Development
NSF International, in collaboration with the Green Electronics Council, is developing a sustainable leadership standard for photovoltaic modules. The Joint Committee (the NSF consensus body) voting membership includes a balanced representation among industry, public health and regulatory, and product users. The process launched in the fall of 2015.
Research has been conducted to support the development of this standard.
- Primer on environmental sustainability research on photovoltaic (PV) modules (Phase 2). Prepared by Dr. Michael Spielmann, Managing Director Germany, Quantis & Lettemieke Mulder, Independent Consultant.
- Options and Recommendation on PV Module Product Scope. Prepared by Dr. Michael Spielmann, Managing Director Germany, Quantis & Lettemieke Mulder, Independent Consultant.
- Photovoltaic (PV) Industry Primer Phase 1: Overview of PV manufacturers, technologies, supply chains, performance standards & certifications. Prepared by Dustin Mulvaney, Assistance Professor, Department of Environmental Studies, San Jose State University
- Greening Photovoltaics: An Overview of the Silicon Valley Toxic Coalition’s Solar Scorecard and Industry Trends. Prepared by Dustin Mulvaney, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Studies, San Jose State University
Server Standard Development
NSF International, in collaboration with the Green Electronics Council, is developing an environmental leadership standard for servers. The standard will include blade, multi-node, rack-mounted, and pedestal form factor computer servers and will address multiple attributes and environmental performance areas including reduction of substances of concern, preferable materials use, energy efficiency, design for end of life, product packaging, product longevity, responsible end of life management, and corporate responsibility.
Represented in the standard development process are server manufacturers, suppliers, and recyclers, as well as federal and state government, non-governmental organizations, and purchasers, including large financial institutions and data center operators. The Joint Committee (the NSF consensus body) voting membership includes a balanced representation among industry, public health and regulatory, and product users. The process is on target to complete work in mid-2015.
Research has been conducted to support the development of this standard. Prior to the launch of the Joint Committee, two documents were developed:
- Server Primer: Understanding the Current State of the Industry by the Golisano Institute of Sustainability at Rochester Institute for Technology
- Server Supplemental Background Information for the Development of Environmental Performance Criteria, developed using input from the Server Technical Committee
Additional research is being conducted during the process to address specific issues identified by stakeholders for the advancement of the collective knowledge of the consensus body:
In late 2013, the Green Electronics Council launched an initiative to develop a better understanding of the slates/tablets product segment and environmental performance. The initiative included two key elements – a report and a workshop.
An Introduction to Slate and Tablet Computers: Technology, Markets and Environmental Considerations
This report is a collation of information presented and discussed at the workshop on the environmental issues and opportunities of slate and tablet computers co-convened by the Green Electronics Council (GEC) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) (see below). The purpose of the report is to summarize and augment the information shared at the workshop. This document is intended to provide a foundation for future environmental standards development work by building a body of knowledge and better understanding of the slate and tablet computer product segment and environmental performance. This report is not intended to be a definitive reference on this product class, and does not include research beyond that presented or referenced at the GEC/DOE Workshop, or additional analyses or recommendations
The topics covered in the report include:
- Markets and trends
- Overview of the supply chain
- Component and material composition
- Lifecycle analysis & carbon footprint
- Environmentally sensitive substances/materials
- Energy efficiency
- Repair, Refurbishment and End of Life
Workshop Co-Convened by Green Electronics Council and U.S. Department of Energy
The U.S. Department of Energy and Green Electronics Council co-convened a two day workshop in December 2013, bringing together 39 stakeholders to develop a better understanding of the slates/tablets product segment and environmental performance. Topics included materials content and trends; tablet supply chain; energy consumption in production and use; market research (purchasing trends, end user characteristics); life expectancy and repair; life cycle analysis and carbon footprinting; current and future design and resource recovery strategies. The workshop is part of a broader process through which GEC is gathering information on the product lifecycle of slates/tablets and their design and markets through a literature review and surveys soliciting information from a broad pool of stakeholders.
Fraunhofer Institute: Ultrathins, Slates and Tablets
This collaborative effort involves Fraunhofer researchers disassembling slates, recording their disassembly difficulty and interviewing recyclers to determine how the recyclability of these devices may impact their business.
Timelines for Implementing New and Revised Standards in EPEAT
Visit this page for an outline of GEC’s general process and timeline for implementing new and revised standards in EPEAT. It also provides anticipated timelines specific to the UL 110 Standard for Mobile Phones, the Server Standard, and the IEEE 1680.1 Revision for Computers and Laptops.