Announcements
(Photovoltaic Modules and Inverters)

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

Photovoltaic Modules and Inverters Public Comment

Deadline Extended: Public Comment on Ultra-Low Carbon Solar Criterion

The public comment period for GEC’s draft Ultra-Low Carbon Solar (ULCS) Criterion is extended until February 15, 2022. This Criterion will be added to the EPEAT Photovoltaic Module and Inverter (PVMI) product category, allowing purchasers to identify PV modules with an ultra-low carbon footprint. The ULCS Criterion establishes a standardized methodology for calculating low-embodied carbon PV modules and a consensus-based performance threshold.

Comments on any aspect of the criterion are welcome. There are also several topics in the criterion document where specific feedback is requested. All comments must be submitted by 11:59 PM EST on February 15, 2022 using this Public Comment form. Comments should be sent to Skye Lei at Anthesis (skye.lei@anthesisgroup.com).  

GEC is partnering with Anthesis, an organization with extensive expertise in life cycle analysis, to convene and manage the ULCS criteria development process. Any questions on the technical content of the criterion should be directed to Skye Lei at Anthesis (skye.lei@anthesisgroup.com). Questions about EPEAT and the application of the ULCS criterion should be directed to Criteria@globalelectronicscouncil.org.

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Rebranding of EPEAT-Registered Products: Product Level Criteria with Disclosure Requirements

The EPEAT Program allows for a Participating Manufacturer to rebrand another Participating Manufacturer’s active EPEAT-registered products and register these under its own brand, through amended Documentation Review and Continuous Monitoring activities. The Rebranding Participating Manufacturer must complete Initial Documentation Review and Continuous Monitoring activities for product level Criteria that have disclosure requirements. The EPEAT Program maintains a list of applicable Criteria for each product category. This policy guidance document Rebranding of EPEAT-Registered Products: Product Level Criteria with Disclosure Requirements (P82 Issue 1 Rev 0), is now available through an EPEAT Registry account under “Resources” or upon request. Full details of the rebranding process can be found in EPEAT Policy Manual (P65) and EPEAT Conformity Assurance Implementation Manual (P66), both of which are available through an EPEAT Registry account under “Resources” or upon request.

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SPECIAL NOTIFICATION: Deadline Extended to APR 1, 2022: Unique Product Identifiers for Active EPEAT-Registered Products

To provide EPEAT Participating Manufacturers with more time to meet the unique product identifier requirement, the deadline for submission of unique product identifiers has been extended to 11:59pm Eastern Time on April 1, 2022.

GEC thanks the EPEAT Participating Manufacturers that have already submitted their UPI EPEAT Active Registered Products Forms.

Updated Important Dates and Deadlines

MAR 29

 

Training Webinars (Sessions 1, 2 and 3) on Unique Product Identifier Implementation.

 

MAR 30 - 31

 

Participating Manufacturer Beta Testing Period for Unique Product Identifier functionality. Register to become an EPEAT Registry Beta Tester here.

 

APR 1

 

Participating Manufacturer return completed UPI EPEAT Active Registered-Products Form to GEC.

 

APR 8

 

Unique Product Identifiers appear on the public EPEAT Registry.

 

APR 11Unique Product Identifier functionality by product record and /or bulk upload available in EPEAT Registry. All active EPEAT products must have at least one unique product identifier. If products do not have a unique product identifier, Participating Manufacturers will be required to attest to this, and the product will not be included in EPEAT API.

 Training on Unique Product Identifier Implementation

GEC will provide training on the new functionality improvements that allow the upload of unique product identifiers for EPEAT-registered products. If interested in attending a training webinar, please use the below registration link(s). All training webinars will cover the same information.

All existing training webinar registrations will convert to the new date on March 29, 2022, at the session time originally selected.

 

Webinar Session #1

6am Pacific Time on March 29, 2022

9am Eastern Time on March 29, 2022

3pm Central European Time on March 29, 2022

10pm Beijing Time on March 29, 2022

Webinar Session 1 Registration Link
Webinar Session #2

10am Pacific Time on March 29, 2022

1pm Eastern Time on March 29, 2022

7pm Central European Time on March 29, 2022

2am Beijing Time on March 29, 2022

 

Webinar Session 2 Registration Link
Webinar Session #3

5pm Pacific Time on March 29, 2022

8pm Eastern Time on March 29, 2022

2am Central European Time on March 29, 2022

9am Beijing Time on March 29, 2022

Webinar Session 3 Registration Link

Updated Resources on the Unique Product Identifier Implementation

Please reference these updated resources that provide important information on the implementation of unique product identifiers on the EPEAT Registry.

Announcement on Unique Product Identifiers

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Questions or Comments? 
 
Please forward all questions or comments on the EPEAT Unique Product Identifier policy requirement to Susan Herbert (sherbert@gec.org).

Please contact Kim Hair (khair@gec.org) regarding technical questions on how to upload/add unique product identifying data.

 

 

 

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SPECIAL NOTIFICATION: Publication of Revised GEC Criteria Development Process to Add Observers

Today, the Global Electronics Council (GEC) published a revised version of the GEC Criteria Development Process (P74).
 
The Global Electronics Council (GEC) released a draft revised version of GEC Criteria Development Process (P74) to seek public comment on this document from October 18 through December 17, 2021. Stakeholder consultation in the form of a public comment period is a crucial element of Type 1 ecolabels, and an important component of the EPEAT Program. Stakeholders were invited to submit written feedback on the draft revised version of the document using the GEC provided stakeholder comment form. GEC also held a series of virtual informational sessions for stakeholders to highlight and provide clarity on key proposed revisions.
 
GEC thanks all stakeholders for the constructive and thoughtful feedback provided during the October 18 through December 17, 2021 public comment period. We appreciate the time and effort stakeholders took to review the draft revised document and provide comments. GEC believes that transparency strengthens the EPEAT Program in an important way. GEC received more than 20 written comments from different stakeholder groups.
 
The final revisions in this issue of GEC Criteria Development Process (P74) only address the addition of Observers to the Technical Committee found in Sections 2.5.1, 2.5.1.1, 2.5.1.2 and 2.5.1.3. GEC considered these revisions important to increase transparency in the voluntary consensus process and committed to expedite these revisions given the major initiative underway to develop criteria by sustainability impact modules. GEC will consider the full set of public comments and release another issue of GEC Criteria Development Process (P74) on February 15, 2022 according to EPEAT’s annual revision schedule.

The revisions in this issue of GEC Criteria Development Process (P74) take effect today, January 14, 2022. A Comment Summary report addressed the revisions in this issuance of P74.

Please direct any questions about these documents to EPEAT@GlobalElectronicsCouncil.org

Photovoltaic Modules and Inverters Public Comment

Public Comment Open: Ultra-Low Carbon Solar Criterion

Today GEC releases its draft Ultra-Low Carbon Solar (ULCS) Criterion for public comment. The ULCS Criterion is developed based on the principle that low-embodied carbon in photovoltaic (PV) modules is critical for achieving net-zero emissions with renewable energy. The ULCS Criterion establishes a standardized methodology for calculating low-embodied carbon in PV modules and a consensus-based performance threshold. This Criterion will be added to the EPEAT PV product category, allowing purchasers to identify PV modules with an ultra-low carbon footprint.

The public comment period -- open for 60 days -- is an opportunity for all interested stakeholders to provide technical comments on the draft criteria. Comments on any aspect of the criterion are welcome. There are also several topics in the criterion document where specific feedback is requested. All comments must be submitted by 11:59 PM North American Pacific Time on January 31, 2022 using this Public Comment form. Comments should be sent to Skye Lei at Anthesis (skye.lei@anthesisgroup.com).  

GEC is partnering with Anthesis, an organization with extensive expertise in life cycle analysis, to convene and manage the ULCS criteria development process. Any questions on the technical content of the criterion should be directed to Skye Lei at Anthesis (skye.lei@anthesisgroup.com). Questions about EPEAT and the application of the ULCS criterion should be directed to Criteria@globalelectronicscouncil.org.

 

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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

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Unique Product Identifiers Required for Active EPEAT-registered Products beginning February 1, 2022

To facilitate the reliable and efficient identification of EPEAT-registered products in the global marketplace, GEC is requiring EPEAT Participating Manufacturers to provide unique product identifying information for their active EPEAT-registered products.

GEC does not require Participating Manufactures to place the EPEAT trademark on active EPEAT-registered products. Instead, a product that is listed on the EPEAT Registry is considered to carry the EPEAT Mark. GEC is requiring Participating Manufacturers to provide unique product identifiers for their products listed on the EPEAT Registry to assist purchasers in locating the same product elsewhere. With the rise of online purchasing on 3rd party platforms and electronic catalogues, GEC seeks to increase the confidence of purchasers seeking to identify EPEAT-registered products on other platforms after initially finding them on the EPEAT Registry.

A Frequently Asked Questions document is available to answer commonly asked questions about unique product identifiers in the EPEAT Registry. 

On February 1, 2022, GEC is requiring that EPEAT Participating Manufacturers provide unique product identifier(s) for all active EPEAT-registered products.

EPEAT Participating Manufacturers will be required to provide at least one unique product identifier for each active EPEAT-registered product. Unique product identifiers ensure reliable identification of EPEAT products by purchasers, as well as facilitate the reliable transmission of EPEAT product data through the EPEAT API.

GEC requires that at least one unique product identifier from the list below be provided for each active EPEAT-registered product publicly viewable on the EPEAT Registry. While GEC prefers that Participating Manufacturers provide Global Trade Item Numbers (GTINs), since they are globally applicable, any unique product identifier is acceptable. Participating Manufacturers are required to provide at least one unique product identifier but are welcome to provide as many unique product identifiers, per product, as possible.

1. Global Trade Item Number (GTIN): Describes a family of codes that use up to 14-digits to identify products. Primary GTINs are GTIN-12, GTIN-13, GTIN-8, and GTIN-14, which are also referred to under the terminology UPC, EAN, EAN-8, and EAN/UCC-14, respectively. 

2. Universal Product Code (UPC): A 12-digit code used primarily in North America. Also referenced as GTIN-12.

3. European Article Number (EAN): A 13-digit code used primarily outside North America. Also referenced as GTIN-13.

4. Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): An alphanumeric code with up to 17 digits set by a product’s manufacturer to identify and differentiate that product. 

5. Additional Unique Product Identifier: A specific unique product identifier not already listed that is primarily used in specific marketplaces. An example is the Amazon Standard Identification Number (ASIN).

What happens if a Participating Manufacturer does not provide unique product identifying information?

Providing unique product identifying information is an EPEAT program requirement beginning February 1, 2022.  GEC reserves the right to not list product(s) on the EPEAT Registry that are missing unique product identifying information.  GEC understands that there may be instances where a Participating Manufacturer is unable to provide unique product identifying information and will review those instances on a case-by-case basis.  Please note that products missing unique product identifier information will not be included in the EPEAT API shared with GEC approved third-party platforms. 

Participating Manufacturers can provide unique product identifier information in two ways:  

1. Batch upload using GEC provided “UPI EPEAT Active Registered-Products Form”

On November 22, 2021, GEC will email to EPEAT Participating Manufacturer Administrators a form that lists all active EPEAT registered products as of November 1, 2021. The form will contain fields in which unique product identifier(s) can be inserted. Each manufacturer organization is required to return the forms containing unique product identifier information to GEC by February 1, 2022. Instructions will be provided on inserting unique product identifying information into the UPI EPEAT Active Registered-Products Form. GEC will upload the unique product identifier data submitted by Participating Manufacturers into the EPEAT Registry. The unique product data provided by the February 1, 2022 deadline is expected to be publicly viewable on the Registry by February 7, 2022.

GEC is also developing Registry functionality to allow Participating Manufacturers to download an UPI EPEAT Active Registered-Products Form, edit/add unique product identifying information and then upload this data. The unique product identifiers uploaded via the UPI EPEAT Active Registered-Products Form will be automatically validated for correctness and EPEAT Participating Manufacturers performing the upload will be required to attest to the veracity of the unique product identifier data provided. If there are products without a unique product identifier, Participating Manufacturers will have to confirm, using the appropriate field on the form, that a unique product identifier is not provided. This new Registry backend functionality is expected to be available for use on February 10, 2022. This functionality improvement will be available for beta testing ahead of release on the EPEAT Registry. If interested in beta testing this functionality, please register here.

2. Adding unique product identifier information in existing/new individual product records

On February 10, 2022, GEC will release a new backend Registry functionality that enables EPEAT Participating Manufacturers to manually enter unique product identifiers in existing and/or new product records. All unique product identifiers provided will be automatically validated for correctness and EPEAT Participating Manufacturers will be required to attest the data is correct to the best of their knowledge before the data is made publicly viewable on the EPEAT Registry. If a product does not have a unique product identifier, Participating Manufacturers will have to check a box confirming that a unique product identifier is not provided. This functionality improvement will be available for beta testing ahead of release on the EPEAT Registry. If interested in beta testing this functionality, please register here.
 
How Will the EPEAT Registry Display Unique Product Identifiers?
 
Unique product identifiers provided for active EPEAT-registered products will be reflected on the public facing EPEAT Registry by February 7, 2022. Unique product identifiers will appear on the Product Summary page for any products returned in a search. Please note that only the first ten (10) unique product identifiers provided in each predesignated or fill-in field will be listed on the page. If more than ten (10) unique product identifiers are listed, they will appear in a pop-up box on the same screen. All unique product identifiers listed for products on the public facing EPEAT Registry will be available for export and download.
 
Training on Unique Product Identifier Implementation
 
GEC will provide training on the new functionality improvements that allow the upload of unique product identifiers for EPEAT-registered products. If interested in attending a webinar, please use the below registration link(s). All webinars will cover the same information.

Webinar Session #1         
6am Pacific Time on January 26, 2022
9am Eastern Time on January 26, 2022
3pm Central European Time on January 26, 2022
10pm Beijing Time on January 26, 2022
Webinar Session 1 Registration Link

 Webinar Session #2         
10am Pacific Time on January 26, 2022
1pm Eastern Time on January 26, 2022
7pm Central European Time on January 26, 2022
2am Beijing Time on January 26, 2022
Webinar Session 2 Registration Link

 Webinar Session #3         
5pm Pacific Time on January 26, 2022
8pm Eastern Time on January 26, 2022
2am Central European Time on January 26, 2022
9am Beijing Time on January 26, 2022
 Webinar Session 3 Registration Link
 
Important Dates and Timeline for Unique Product Identifiers Required in the EPEAT Registry

November 22, 2021: GEC will provide UPI EPEAT Active Registered-Products Form to EPEAT Participating Manufacturer Administrators. Instructions to complete the form will be provided along with the form.

January 26, 2021: Training Webinars (Sessions 1, 2 and 3) on Unique Product Identifier Implementation.

February 1, 2022: Participating Manufacturer return completed UPI EPEAT Active Registered-Products Form to GEC.

February 7, 2022: Unique Product Identifiers appear on the public EPEAT Registry.

February 10, 2022: Unique Product Identifier functionality by product record and /or bulk upload available in EPEAT Registry. All active EPEAT products must have at least one unique product identifier. If products do not have a unique product identifier, EPEAT Participating Manufacturers will be required to attest to this, and the product will not be included in EPEAT API.

Questions or Comments?
 
GEC looks forward to working with EPEAT Participating Manufacturers to foster increased efficiency and reliability in promoting the identification and purchase of EPEAT products.
 
Please forward all questions or comments on the EPEAT Unique Product Identifier policy requirement to Susan Herbert (sherbert@globalelectronicscouncil.org). 

 Please contact Kim Hair (khair@globalelectronicscouncil.org) regarding technical questions on how to upload/add unique product identifying data.

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Outcomes Reports Published for Continuous Monitoring Rounds: Photovoltaic Modules and Inverters, Servers, and Televisions

The EPEAT program ensures the ongoing conformance of EPEAT-registered products through a surveillance process known as Continuous Monitoring. Continuous Monitoring activities, which must be implemented by GEC-approved Conformity Assurance Bodies (CABs), occur throughout the year and test the ability of Participating Manufacturers to prove conformance with EPEAT Criteria on an ongoing basis. Some Continuous Monitoring activities require that investigation be conducted in discrete timeframes called Rounds. For each Round, the EPEAT Program specifies the products and EPEAT Criteria to be investigated, the specific timeframe for investigative activities, and the method of investigation that CABs must use.

To maintain the level of transparency relied on by purchasers, the EPEAT Program publishes an Outcomes Report at the conclusion of each Round to summarize the activities conducted and to identify the products and Participating Manufacturers that received major nonconformances and the actions taken to restore the accuracy of the EPEAT Registry.

The Outcomes Reports for Continuous Monitoring Rounds PVMI-2021-01, SV-2021-02, and TV-2021-02 are now available on the EPEAT Registry.

Continuous Monitoring Rounds for Photovoltaic Modules and Inverters (PVMI-2021-01), Servers (SV-2021-02), and Televisions (TV-2021-02) all involved Level 1 Investigations, which require CABs to review documentary evidence provided by Participating Manufacturers to demonstrate conformance.

Additional details about each Round including the total number of investigations completed, the number of nonconformances found and a breakdown of nonconformances by type and by Criterion are available in each respective Outcomes Report.

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Publication of 2022 Schedule of EPEAT Continuous Monitoring Rounds

The 2022 Schedule of EPEAT Continuous Monitoring Rounds is now publicly available on the EPEAT Registry.

The EPEAT program ensures the veracity of EPEAT-registered products through an ongoing surveillance process known as Continuous Monitoring. Continuous Monitoring activities occur throughout the year and test the ability of Participating Manufacturers to prove conformance with EPEAT Criteria on an ongoing basis. All EPEAT-registered products in all product categories and all Participating Manufacturers are subject to Continuous Monitoring.

Continuous Monitoring activities include Investigations planned by the EPEAT Program and implemented by GEC-approved Conformity Assurance Bodies (CABs) within discrete timeframes (called Continuous Monitoring Rounds). Participating Manufacturers are responsible for participating in these Rounds, cooperating with their CABs, and providing the necessary documentation to show conformance with EPEAT Criteria.

GEC is committed to transparency, and to this end, the 2022 EPEAT Continuous Monitoring Schedule and the subsequent results of each Round are made publicly available. The annual schedule is also made available to both Participating Manufacturers and GEC-approved CABs to facilitate their resource planning for the year.

Please note that the 2021 Schedule of EPEAT Continuous Monitoring Rounds will remain available until the completion of the 2021 Continuous Monitoring Rounds.

Please direct any questions about this 2022 Schedule of EPEAT Continuous Monitoring Rounds to EPEAT@globalelectronicscouncil.org.

Photovoltaic Modules and Inverters Technical Committee

Call for Participation: Technical Committee on Ultra-Low Carbon Criteria for Photovoltaic Modules

The Global Electronics Council (GEC) is developing criteria for its EPEAT ecolabel to calculate and identify low embodied carbon solar panels. This Call for Participation is to notify stakeholders of the opportunity to participate on the multi-stakeholder Technical Committee that will evaluate and reach consensus on these leadership criteria. GEC is partnering with Anthesis, an organization with extensive expertise in life cycle analysis, to convene and manage the Technical Committee. The State of Sustainability Report on Ultra Low Carbon Solar provides the scientific-basis and background documentation for criteria development.

The Technical Committee is the consensus body in the GEC criteria development process. The Technical Committee on ultra-low carbon solar criteria is expected to begin its work in October 2021 and continue for up to 4 months. Technical Committee meetings will occur monthly via teleconference. See the Call for Participation for more information on the role of the Technical Committee and how to apply for membership. Applications for Technical Committee membership are due by midnight ET on September 11, 2021

For questions about this initiative, please contact: Criteria@GlobalElectronicsCouncil.org.

 

Photovoltaic Modules and Inverters Public Comment

Public Comment Open: State of Sustainability Research for Ultra Low-Carbon Photovoltaic

GEC invites stakeholders to provide comments on the draft State of Sustainability Research for ultra low-carbon solar photovoltaic modules. The State of Sustainability Research provides the rationale and science-based foundation for developing EPEAT criteria, along with a conceptual framework for drafting the ultra low-carbon solar criteria.

Comments must be submitted no later than May 7, 2021 using the SOSR Public Comment Form. Comments should be sent to CRITERIA@globalelectronicscouncil.org.

Read more about the ULCS criteria proposed for EPEAT.