Price will no longer be the key driver in determining what public purchasers buy in the EU, following the passing of new directives this week in the European Parliament. Municipalities and agencies throughout the region will now be able to freely add environmental and social requirements to their purchasing specifications.
TCO Certified celebrates 20th anniversary. Continues to move IT industry in a more sustainable direction.
In a landmark achievement for the advancement of Sustainable IT, TCO Development today marks the 20th Anniversary of TCO Certified, the international sustainability certification for IT products.
Now IT purchasers can choose computer displays that meet new TCO Certified criteria for socially responsible manufacturing. TCO Development today announced the first displays to meet the latest TCO Certified sustainability certification, which includes CSR factors along with environmental and usability requirements.
The fact that Apple is leaving the EPEAT register because their products can’t be recycled in a way that is environmentally acceptable is one example. Nevertheless the IT-industry needs to take measures. To produce one computer uses about 1.500 kg of water, human rights are violated in the production, the level and handling of the world’s e-waste can’t be neglected. It is a good sign that Apple is sincere and withdraws the products from the EPEAT registration when they can’t meet the standards.
IT purchasers in Brazil will now have more TCO Certified products to choose from, following the announcement that the leading local PC brand, Positivo Informatica, has introduced its first TCO Certified display – the Positivo FIT 8510 - to the market.
The first IT products to achieve the new generation TCO Certified sustainability certification are out. Focusing on environmental, social and economic responsibility, TCO Certified is the first program of it’s kind to enhance its environmental certification with requirements for corporate social responsibility – CSR - in production facilities for IT products.
Results from Devoteam’s 2011 Green IT Survey, conducted among 350 organizations in 22 European countries, reveal that the use of environmental criteria in professional IT purchasing has increased significantly compared with 2010.
Among the notable trends is the increased use of third party certifications in IT purchasing, which grew from 45% in 2010 to 68% in