We will be publishing on-demand versions of the presentations from Sustainable IT Summit 2015 in 3 parts. In part 2, Dr. Mark Rossi from US-based Clean Production Action provides an overview of GreenScreen for Safer Chemicals
Learning how to drive social and environmental responsibility in the IT space was in focus when IT buyers, manufacturers and other stakeholders gathered in Stockholm on November 11 at TCO Development’s inaugural Sustainable IT Summit.
Beginning November 11, electronics brands and purchasers will be able to take the next step in sustainable IT. The new generation of TCO Certified has now launched and is open for brands to certify their products and for purchasers to choose products that help them reduce environmental and social risks commonly connected to IT hardware. First to certify product include displays from Eizo, Dell, Lenovo, LG and Samsung, headsets from Plantronics and a notebook from Lenovo.
Now that the pre-test period for the New Generation TCO Certified is open, many of you have asked how to apply. We're including some general information here that we hope you find helpful.
The pre-testing process allows industry and our independent verification partners to test products and apply for certification in advance of the official launch, which is scheduled for November 11. This is a great opportunity for you to be among the first to certify!
In this generation of TCO Certified, we're moving to a new approach to reducing the content of hazardous substances in the products we certify
Following a stakeholder comment period and draft review process, the new generation TCO Certified Displays 7 is now open for manufacturers to pre-test their products.
One of the major changes proposed in the new generation TCO Certified is a fresh approach to reducing hazardous substance content in computers, displays and other electronic devices. Moving away from focusing on banned substances alone, the draft proposes the addition of an Accepted Substances List, specifying substances that have been evaluated and declared as safer alternatives.
TCO Development is evaluating an update of the non-halogenated substances requirement in TCO Certified. Following a pre-study, we are now publishing a pre-draft for stakeholder comment. The purpose of the proposed update is to increase the knowledge of chemical substances with regards to their human and environmental impacts and to drive a shift towards less hazardous alternatives.
Criteria in TCO Certified are evaluated regularly and updated in line with legislation or important research developments in a given subject area. In our continuing effort to advance sustainability in IT design, we are currently evaluating our requirements for non-halogenated substances.