Expanding into new product categories

We are designing sustainability criteria for data centers

Certification tackles growing sustainability issues of data centres

The environmental impact of data usage is growing fast. To help tackle the problem, the sustainability certification TCO Certified will be expanded to include network equipment, data storage products and servers.

As more of us use mobile devices, streaming services and cloud-based solutions, the number of energy-guzzling data centers is growing rapidly. As with other IT products, data center products also have an adverse effect on human health throughout the supply chain, from health and safety concerns to human rights violations.

To promote more sustainable practices, TCO Development is now developing new criteria for data center products to meet the growing demand from purchasers to take a more holistic view of their sustainable IT focus.

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Data center package

The data center package, including network equipment, data storage and servers, will be part of TCO Certified, generation 8. The majority of the criteria is the same as the current product categories. TCO Certified drives responsibility and transparency in the supply chain, and reduces or eliminates the use of hazardous substances in IT products. Certified products must be energy efficient and circular solutions are enabled through criteria focusing on product repairability. TCO Certified also helps purchasing organizations contribute to national and global sustainability goals.

TCO Certified, generation 8, for network equipment, data products and servers will be published in December 2019. From the release date, brand owners can apply for product certification.

Network equipment

Devices that pass Internet Protocol traffic among various network interfaces/ports.

Data storage

Data storage systems that supplies data storage services to clients and devices.


Computers providing services and manages networked resources for client devices.


Two opportunities to comment

1. Pre-draft (1 Jul – 12 Aug, 2019)
On July 1, the pre-drafts for network equipment, data storage products and servers are released — giving you an opportunity to present feedback at an early stage. The pre-drafts include the mandates of the intended criteria and clarifications. At this stage of the process, larger changes are possible.

2. Draft (12 Sep – 12 Nov, 2019)
The next step is that the official drafts for the three product categories are released for comments on September 12. In addition to criteria, they also include the chapters for references, test methods and forms and signatures. At this stage of the process, no new criteria will be added and only small changes can be made.


Comment on the drafts

Unfortunately, both comment periods have ended.

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