Identifying Greener Electronics
Electronic products provide many benefits to our lives, from staying connected with family and friends at a distance, democratizing access to information and educational resources, unlocking creativity and spurring innovation, to enabling mobility. However, the manufacture, use, and disposal of electronics can negatively impact public health and the environment. This webpage provides some resources to help you choose a safer and greener option.
- Reduced climate impacts within the product supply chain
- Energy efficient
- Reduction/elimination of environmentally sensitive materials
- Contains recycled content
- Designed for longevity, reuse, recyclability, and repair (e.g. battery replacement)
- Extended product life, upgradeable
- Environmentally sound take-back and recycling options
- Reduced and/or recyclable packaging
- The Green Electronics Council Exit(GEC) manages the EPEAT ecolabel. EPEAT registered productsExitmeet environmental performance criteria that reduces the environmental impacts of the product across its life cycle.
- ENERGYSTAR qualified products. These products are energy efficient, helping users to save money.
- GSA's Green Procurement Compilation (GPC) is a comprehensive green purchasing resource designed for federal contracting personnel and program managers.
- This tool also offers basic sample solicitation/contract language to help buyers specify ENERGYSTAR certified, FEMP designated, and EPEAT registered products.
- Federal Print Management Template for shaping a print management policy, directive, memorandum, or guidance.
- U.S. Government’s National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship, which provides a roadmap for how the federal government can use its authorities and leverage resources to improve the design of electronic products and enhance our management of used or discarded electronics.
- EPA's Supply Chain Sector Spotlight - Center for Corporate Climate Leadership to learn about flat panel display suppliers' efforts to reduce F-GHG emissions in flat panel manufacturing.
- EPA’s Safer Choice Program’s Flame Retardants in Printed Circuit Boards Partnership.
- The State Electronics Challenge Exitencourages state, tribal, regional, and local governments, including schools and other public entities, to responsibly manage office equipment.