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:
- all kinds of organizations to include and verify sustainability criteria when buying IT products.
- 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 your organization with a platform for successfully harnessing the potential to achieving concrete sustainability outcomes.
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.
On June 2, 2014 the new Energy Star 6.0 for computers for energy efficiency came into effect. Like TCO Certified, Energy Star updates requirements regularly in line with new technologies and user demands. This update will also be included in relevant TCO Certified criteria. So if you purchase a TCO Certified notebook, display, desktop or all-in-one PC you can be assured that it also is verified to meet the latest Energy Star requirements as well as all TCO Certified sustainability criteria. Buyers should make sure to request the latest version of TCO Certified in purchasing specifications.
Almost all IT products contain plastics. But, the use of new or “virgin oil” plastics is connected to a number of sustainability problems, including Co2 emissions, high resource use in manufacturing and the threat of hazardous petrochemicals affecting human health and the natural environment. Today only about 10% of plastics from durable goods is recycled, further adding to these threats and the global e-waste crisis. A new background report from TCO Development calls for an increase in the use of post consumer recycled plastics in IT products.
TCO Development is evaluating an update of the non-halogenated substances requirement in TCO Certified. Following a pre-study, we are now publishing a pre-draft for stakeholder comment. The purpose of the proposed update is to increase the knowledge of chemical substances with regards to their human and environmental impacts and to drive a shift towards less hazardous alternatives.
In a step forward for sustainable IT, product certification organization TCO Development announces the first products to meet a new certification for computer displays containing a minimum of 85% post consumer recycled plastics.
We want to hear from you!
Companies and organizations worldwide choose TCO Certified as a way of identifying sustainably designed and manufactured IT products. Periodically we survey IT purchasers to see how they are using TCO Certified as part of a sustainable IT program. We’ve put together a simple 3 minute survey and are asking for your input as part of our 2014 IT Buyer poll.
To the poll.