Large amounts of natural resources and energy are used to manufacture IT products. This consumption can lead to soil, water and air pollution, as well as large greenhouse gas emissions. To reduce environmental risk, TCO Certified ensures that the environmental impact is measured, and that environmental and energy management systems are implemented.

Several environmental hazards occur throughout the IT product life cycle. The manufacturing process is a large risk. Harmful substances that are not handled safely risk ending up in nature. Life cycle assessments confirm that a typical IT product consumes more energy during its manufacture than during its entire usable life, resulting in large greenhouse gas emissions which impacts our climate. Another risk is the extensive use of natural resources in manufacturing, leading to a high energy consumption and the loss of valuable, finite resources.