TCO Development helps organizations integrate sustainable IT as part of an overall sustainability strategy. We are the organization behind the TCO Certified sustainability certification for IT products, offering businesses and organizations a way to reduce their environmental impact and improve their work environments and efficiency.
For over 20 years, our international dialog with multiple stakeholders; users, buyers, industry, independent experts, NGOs has allowed us to help drive more sustainable development in IT throughout the life cycle phases; manufacturing, use and end of life. We work internationally and are owned by TCO, a non-profit organization based in Stockholm, Sweden.
Sustainable IT is defined by three elements: using IT as an aspect of a sustainability strategy, making the organization’s IT systems more sustainable, and including sustainability criteria when buying IT products.
Buyers: Choose Sustainable IT Products
Choosing TCO Certified IT products is an easy way to make sure the IT products you buy help meet your sustainability goals.
Manufacturers: Certify your products
Certifying your products gives you greater access to purchasing contracts and third party sustainability verification.
We can help:
- Your organization to include and verify sustainability criteria when buying IT products.
- Your organization work toward reduced negative social and environmental effects of IT products, during their manufacture, use and end of life.
- IT-manufacturers to meet current and future sustainability demands.
- Provide a platform for your organization to achieve concrete sustainability outcomes.
Is your organization’s sustainable IT strategy helping you achieve the outcomes you want? Maybe you’ve just started working with sustainable IT or don't have any strategy at all! Either way, a structured plan with measurable goals is essential in helping you reach your sustainability targets with the help of IT.
TCO Certified criteria are typically reviewed and updated every two years. As criteria are updated, we also phase out older versions of TCO Certified. We have several criteria documents that will expire this year.
TCO Development will be on site at the IFA electronics trade show in Berlin September 5-10 and this year we are also proud to support the 2014 IFA DisplaySearch Business Conference - Improving Today’s Displays and Creating the Next Generation of Devices.
New EU public purchasing directive calls for more emphasis on social and environmental considerations in public contract requirements.
At the beginning of 2014 the EU Parliament adopted a new public procurement directive, making it easier for purchasing contracts – including those for IT products - to include requirements for social and environmental responsibility.
Friday 4 July the German newspaper DW (Deusche Wellen) published an interview where Niclas Rydell, Product and Certification Director at TCO Development answered questions about the sustainable IT certification TCO Certified and its benefits.
In April sustainability certification TCO Certified introduced a new requirement for a minimum 85 percent recycled plastics in the TCO Certified Edge program. On June 18 we invite you to a webinar where we will present the new TCO Certified Edge program along with the advantages of recycled plastics in IT products.