HP recently announced plans with The Sustainability Consortium to establish criteria to help customers identify “green” electronics. The consortium, which includes members from industry, retailers, government and non-government organizations, and academic partners, is focused on developing the science, data, and methodologies to support a framework for measuring and communicating sustainable attributes for consumer products.
All consumer products, not just electronics, will be part of the consortium’s scope in an effort to make it easier for consumers world-wide to identify a comprehensive range of “green” products. The criteria used to evaluate the products will be based on an open, transparent, and accessible database, making it more scientific and less subjective. The criteria for electronics will leverage existing standards and systems, such as EPEAT® and ENERGY STAR®, and will also include social aspects such as ethical sourcing.
This approach builds on HP’s legacy of transparency and environmental leadership. By collaborating with other electronics sector consortium members including Best Buy, Dell, Intel, Toshiba and Walmart, this work will not only benefit companies to make product environmental claims, but also allow for our customers to make educated buying decisions, by providing them with clear and consistent product information pertaining to social and environmental responsibility.