During our recent event, Circular IT management in a linear world, Andreas Nobell, Development Manager, at TCO Development presented findings from our study: How to manage notebooks in a circular way. He got lots of questions and only had time to answer a few. In this article, he addresses the rest.

What do the TCO Certified criteria cover today?

The certification includes criteria with a circular approach and covers the whole lifecycle of a product, all the way from material sourcing and manufacturing, through the use phase and to the recovery phase/end of life. Compliance with all criteria is verified by independent verification organizations that specialize in IT products, social responsibility, or other sustainability issues.

How will TCO Certified be developed going forward in terms of re-use, repair, and resell?

We’re currently working on the first draft of criteria for TCO Certified, generation 9. In this generation, the focus on circularity will be even stronger, and criteria will support the re-use, repair, and resell of products in new and better ways. Some ideas we’re working on are product specific, such as encouraging the industry to use better quality batteries in their products or making more durable products that can have a longer service life. Other ideas have more of a systems perspective.

Many organizations are shifting from desktop computers to notebooks. Can notebooks have the same life length as desktops?

We believe that for the vast majority of users, they can. However, they need to be handled correctly and be designed and made for professional use, be durable, and possible to upgrade and repair.

How does TCO Certified work to prolong product life in terms of software?