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.
Criteria in TCO Certified are routinely updated every three years, in line with new technologies and sustainability challenges. In 2015 we are planning to launch the next generation of TCO Certified. Preliminary work has begun to assess potential criteria and structural updates.
Curved displays are widely talked about as the next big thing in display and TV technology. Most major brands are now offering products featuring a curved display – whether desktop displays for work or gaming, as well as TVs and public signage products.
In part 1 of the four-part series Behind TCO Certified we will look at the criteria in TCO Certified - what they are, how we develop the criteria, and why we choose the focus area that are included. TCO Certified criteria are designed as a tool for IT users, buyers and purchasers to help solve sustainability challenges connected to our manufacturing, use and end of life handling of electronics.
European IT buyers now have more choices in sustainably designed and made IT products. We’re pleased to welcome two European brands – MLS and VECOM – to TCO Certified. During October both brands certified their first product models in the notebook computer and display categories.
15 Swedish banks and insurance companies have joined together to call for more sustainability options in the IT products they choose. The Banking and Insurance Network for Sustainable IT Purchasing plans to use their collective voice to communicate the growing demand for sustainably designed and made computer products to the IT industry.
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.