Announcements
(Webinars)

Overview of EPEAT Announcements

The Global Electronics Council recognizes the tremendous value of stakeholder engagement in the EPEAT Program. Please view the below announcements and we welcome you to engage. As a global organization, we especially appreciate the engagement of stakeholders from across the globe and we specifically seek engagement by small and medium organizations.

Latest Announcements

Webinars

2022 EPEAT Program COVID-19 Policy Modifications: Webinar Recording Available

In April 2020, the Global Electronics Council (GEC) authorized the EPEAT Program to address COVID-19 related disruptions and modify existing conformity assurance requirements and outlined these in addenda to EPEAT’s Policy Manual (P65) and the EPEAT Conformity Assurance Implementation Manual (P66). Since the release of the initial modifications, GEC continued to monitor COVID-19 related disruptions and has been responding accordingly. To continue balancing the credibility of EPEAT with the reality of continuing global impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, GEC authorized the EPEAT Program to withdraw the existing temporary modifications on January 1, 2022, and replace them with new temporary modifications.

These new 2022 modifications and the associated policy addenda are identified in an updated version of the EPEAT Policy Manual (P65). Additional resources, including the EPEAT Conformity Assurance Implementation Manual (P66), a Frequently Asked Questions and Implementation Guidance (2022) companion document, and templates for implementation of several modifications are available through an EPEAT Registry account under “Resources”, or upon request.

On January 13, 2022, the EPEAT Program held three stakeholder information sessions to provide further details on the new modifications and associated requirements. The same information was presented in all sessions, which were held at various times to accommodate different time zones. The information session presentation materials, as well as a recording of the session, are now available.   

Please direct any questions about the COVID-19 modifications to EPEAT@gec.org

Wearables Public Comment Webinars

Upcoming Webinar and Public Comment on Draft Criteria for Wearable Electronic Devices

GEC is launching a new EPEAT product category for Health and Wellness Wearable Electronic Devices, including fitness trackers, smartwatches, and the diverse wearables used to remotely monitor patient and employee health.

Join our webinar on January 13, 2022, 11:00 to 12:30 pm U.S. Eastern Time to learn about this new EPEAT category, the scope of products covered, and the draft criteria. Criteria cover chemical substances in the product, design for reuse and recycling, responsible end of life management, and data privacy. Register for this webinar using the following REGISTRATION LINK.

A 60-day public comment period on the draft criteria will begin on 12 January 2022. The public comment period, open for 60 days, is an opportunity for all interested stakeholders to provide feedback on the draft criteria. A notice will appear in these EPEAT Announcements and in the GEC Newsletter when the public comment period opens. The January webinar will also explain the process for submitting public comments.

For questions about this new product category, the webinar, or draft criteria please contact Criteria@globalelectronicscouncil.org.

Public Comment Webinars

Reminder: Public Stakeholder Comment Period for proposed revisions to EPEAT Policy Manual, EPEAT Conformity Assurance Implementation Manual, and GEC Criteria Development Process underway + Webinar Recording available

The EPEAT Program makes policy and procedural updates on an annual basis and is proposing revisions to the EPEAT Policy Manual (P65), EPEAT Conformity Assurance Implementation Manual (P66), and GEC Criteria Development Process (P74).

Stakeholder feedback and insights are an essential part of the Global Electronics Council’s (GEC) management of the EPEAT Program. As a result, GEC is holding a 60-day comment period and welcomes stakeholder feedback on the October 2021 proposed revisions to the EPEAT Policy Manual, the EPEAT Conformity Assurance Implementation Manual, and GEC Criteria Development Process. Please use the links above when accessing these three consultation documents, as they direct to versions of the documents that contain “tracked changes” which highlight deletions and insertions.

To facilitate the review of these documents, GEC held three informational sessions for stakeholders on November 18, 2021, to highlight key changes and answer any questions. Three sessions were held throughout the day to accommodate worldwide locations, and each session covered the same topics. A recording of the webinar, as well as the presentation materials, are now available.   

As a reminder, the comment period is open from October 18 through December 17, 2021. Comments must be documented using the EPEAT Public Comment Form and submitted electronically to EPEAT@globalelectronicscouncil.org. All comments received will be made publicly available in a stakeholder comment report, summarizing comments received and attributing the comments directly to the submitter.

GEC reserves the right to not consider comments received after 11:59 pm North America Pacific Time on December 17, 2021.

Please direct any questions about this public comment period to EPEAT@globalelectronicscouncil.org.

Computers & Displays Imaging Equipment Mobile Phones Photovoltaic Modules and Inverters Servers TVs Wearables Webinars

2022 EPEAT Program Policy Modifications to Address Continued COVID-19 Challenges

In April 2020, the Global Electronics Council (GEC) authorized the EPEAT Program to address COVID-19 related disruptions and modify existing conformity assurance requirements and outlined these in addenda to EPEAT’s Policy Manual (P65) and the EPEAT Conformity Assurance Implementation Manual (P66).

Since the release of the initial modifications, GEC continued to monitor COVID-19 related disruptions and has been responding accordingly. In September and October 2021, GEC engaged with stakeholders to solicit feedback and identify current and future anticipated COVID-related EPEAT Program challenges. To continue balancing the credibility of EPEAT with the reality of continuing global impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, GEC authorized the EPEAT Program to withdraw the existing temporary modifications on January 1, 2022, and replace them with new temporary modifications.

These new 2022 modifications and the associated policy addenda are identified in an updated version of the EPEAT Policy Manual (P65). Additional resources, including the EPEAT Conformity Assurance Implementation Manual (P66), a Frequently Asked Questions and Implementation Guidance (2022) companion document, and templates for implementation of several modifications are available through an EPEAT Registry account under “Resources” or upon request.

The Frequently Asked Questions and Implementation Guidance (2022) document outlines the implementation requirements and responsibilities associated with the use of these new temporary conformity assurance modifications. It also identifies the steps that must be taken regarding the withdrawal of the old (2021) modifications. Participating Manufacturers and GEC-approved Conformity Assurance Bodies are responsible for reviewing this document and ensuring all required actions are taken.

To provide Purchasers with additional transparency, the EPEAT Program will also publish a monthly trend report on the use of the temporary conformity assurance modifications by Participating Manufacturers. These reports will not disclose the name of Participating Manufacturers or EPEAT-registered products and instead will present aggregated data.

GEC invites all stakeholders to participate in an information session in January 2022 which will provide further details on the new modifications and associated requirements. To accommodate worldwide locations, we have scheduled three times for this call – note that the same topics will be discussed in each call.

If you or your colleagues are interested in participating in one of these calls, please use the registration links below. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing details for joining the call. 

Information Session #15am Pacific Time on January 13, 2022
8am Eastern Time on January 13, 2022
2pm Central European Time on January 13, 2022
9pm Beijing Time on January 13, 2022
Registration link for Call #1
Information Session #211am Pacific Time on January 13, 2022
2pm Eastern Time on January 13, 2022
8pm Central European Time on January 13, 2022
2am Beijing Time on January 14, 2022
Registration link for Call #2
Information Session #35pm Pacific Time on January 13, 2022
8pm Eastern Time on January 13, 2022
2am Central European Time on January 14, 2022
9am Beijing Time on January 14, 2022
Registration link for Call #3

If you have any questions, please email us at EPEAT@GlobalElectronicsCouncil.org

Public Comment Webinars

Public Stakeholder Comment Period Launches for proposed revisions to EPEAT Policy Manual, EPEAT Conformity Assurance Implementation Manual, and GEC Criteria Development Process

The EPEAT Program makes policy and procedural updates on an annual basis and is proposing revisions to the EPEAT Policy Manual (P65), EPEAT Conformity Assurance Implementation Manual (P66), and GEC Criteria Development Process (P74).

 The EPEAT Policy Manual identifies the underlying policies that govern and support EPEAT programmatic activities. The EPEAT Conformity Assurance Implementation Manual defines the specific requirements and expectations of EPEAT-approved Conformity Assurance Bodies (CABs), and of manufacturers or brands that have active EPEAT-registered products or are in the process of confirming that their products conform with EPEAT Criteria. GEC Criteria Development Process (P74) identifies the process followed by the Global Electronics Council to develop, revise, and evaluate criteria for use in the EPEAT Program.

 Stakeholder feedback and insights are an essential part of the Global Electronics Council’s (GEC) management of the EPEAT Program. As such, GEC is holding a 60-day comment period and welcomes stakeholder feedback on the October 2021 proposed revisions to the EPEAT Policy Manual, the EPEAT Conformity Assurance Implementation Manual, and GEC Criteria Development Process.  

 The comment period is open from October 18 through December 17, 2021. Comments must be documented using the EPEAT Public Comment Form and submitted electronically to EPEAT@globalelectronicscouncil.org. All comments received will be made publicly available in a stakeholder comment report, summarizing comments received and attributing the comments directly to the submitter.

 GEC reserves the right to not consider comments received after 11:59 pm North America Pacific Time on December 17, 2021.

 To facilitate the review of these documents, GEC is holding three informational sessions for stakeholders to highlight key changes and answer any questions. To accommodate worldwide locations, we have scheduled three times for this call – note that the same topics will be discussed in each call.

 GEC will not be accepting feedback from participants during these sessions; all feedback must be submitted electronically using the EPEAT Public Comment Form provided. If you or your colleagues are interested in participating in one of these calls, please use the registration links below.

Informational Call #1

 

Register in advance for Call #1

6am North America Pacific time on November 18, 2021

9am North America Eastern time on November 18, 2021

3pm Central European time on November 18, 2021

10pm Beijing time on November 18, 2021

Informational Call #2

Register in advance for Call #2

10am North America Pacific time on November 18, 2021

1pm North America Eastern time on November 18, 2021

7pm Central European time on November 18, 2021

2am Beijing time on November 19, 2021

Informational Call #3

Register in advance for Call #3

5pm North America Pacific time on November 18, 2021

8pm North America Eastern time on November 18, 2021

2am Central European time on November 19, 2021

9am Beijing time on November 19, 2021

 GEC proposes to publish the revised documents on February 15, 2022. Unless otherwise identified in the documents, new policy changes are proposed to become effective as of July 1, 2022. Participating Manufacturers and EPEAT-approved CABs will be responsible for conforming with the new requirements as of this date.

 Please direct any questions about this public comment period to EPEAT@globalelectronicscouncil.org

Webinars

Proposed 2022 EPEAT Program COVID-19 Policy Modifications

In April 2020, GEC authorized the EPEAT Program to address COVID-19 related disruptions and modify existing conformity assurance requirements and outlined these in addenda to EPEAT Policy Manual (P65) and EPEAT Conformity Assurance Implementation Manual (P66), and in the accompanying special document: “EPEAT Program COVID-19 Response – Frequently Asked Questions and Implementation Guidance".

Since the release of the initial modifications in April 2020, GEC continued to monitor COVID-19 related disruptions and has been responding accordingly. GEC seeks to engage stakeholders as we develop a balanced approach for 2022.  

GEC invites all stakeholders to participate in a multi-stakeholder session on October 28, 2021, where we will provide further details on proposed COVID-19 policy modifications for 2022. To accommodate worldwide locations, we have scheduled three times for this call – note that the same topics will be discussed in each call.

If you or your colleagues are interested in participating in a session, please use the registration links below. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing details for joining the call.

Information Session #15 am Pacific Time on October 28, 2021
8 am Eastern Time on October 28, 2021
2 pm Central European Time on October 28, 2021
9 pm Beijing Time on October 28, 2021
Registration link for session #1
Information Session #211 am Pacific Time on October 28, 2021
2 pm Eastern Time on October 28, 2021
8 pm Central European Time on October 28, 2021
2 am Beijing Time on October 29, 2021
Registration link for session #2
Information Session #35 pm Pacific Time on October 28, 2021
8 pm Eastern Time on October 28, 2021
2 am Central European Time on October 28, 2021
9 am Beijing Time on October 29, 2021
Registration link for session #3

If you have any questions, please email us at EPEAT@globalelectronicscouncil.org.

Computers & Displays Servers Webinars

Webinar Recording Available: Implementation of 2019 Servers and 2020 Computers and Displays Criteria Amendments

The EPEAT Program held a webinar on September 22, 2021 to review the 2019 Servers and 2020 Computers and Displays amendment changes with Participating Manufacturers and CABs. Thank you to all who attended. A copy of the slides can be found on our website here, and a copy of the webinar recording can be found here. Please contact Cara Beatty if you have questions.

Public Comment Technical Committee Webinars Climate Change

Climate Change Mitigation Criteria Updates

 
Coming Soon: Public Comment on Draft Climate Change Mitigation Criteria

GEC’s draft Climate Change Mitigation criteria will be released for public comment in the first week of October. The public comment period, open for 60 days, is an opportunity for all interested stakeholders to provide feedback on the draft criteria.  A notice will appear in these EPEAT Announcements and in the GEC Newsletter when the public comment period opens.

 
Upcoming Webinar: Draft Criteria on Climate Change Mitigation

Join this webinar on October 13, 11:00 am -12:30 pm Eastern for an overview of the draft criteria for Climate Change Mitigation, including the rationale for the criteria and the requirements. The webinar also will review the process for submitting public comments on the criteria.  REGISTRATION LINK

 
Climate Change Mitigation Technical Committee

NSF International, the partner GEC selected to manage the voluntary consensus process for its sustainability impact modules, released the roster for the Technical Committee for Climate Change Mitigation. The Technical Committee serves as the voluntary consensus body in the GEC Dynamic Criteria Development Process. GEC’s process requires balanced stakeholder representation including manufacturers, purchasers, government policy and sustainability advocates, and other industry in the electronics supply chain, as well as geographic and product representation. 

For more information on the Climate Change Mitigation criteria, see the overview of Criteria Modules by Sustainability Impact. Please contact Criteria@globalelectronicscouncil.org with questions.