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R-ICT Resource Centre

Planet

In the CSR debate, Planet refers to sustainable environmental practices. Within the ICT sector, the debate on managing the environmental footprint covers ICT companies` premises and production processes and the larger impact on our cities and households.

What are the environmental impacts of the ICT sector? What positive effects will arise from the application and use of CSR in ICT? How innovative ICT can be used for more efficient environmental management? How can ICT goods and services actively help to improve sustainability?

Within this category, R-ICT supports debate on the environmental footprint of ICT businesses.

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| Code of conduct/guidelines/standard/certification | Design/Product | Der Blaue Engel

The Blue Angel guarantees that a product or service meets high standards when it comes to its environmental, health and performance characteristics. In the process, these products and services are always evaluated across their entire life cycle. Criteria are developed for each individual product group that must be fulfilled by those products and services awarded with the Blue Angel. And in order to reflect technological advances, the Federal Environmental Agency reviews these criteria every three to four years. This process requires companies to constantly improve the environmental friendliness of their products over time.
The Blue Angel is a label initiated by the German government and awarded by an independent Jury to products that are environmentally friendlier than others serving the same use. It is to assist consumers in their purchase decisions.

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| Code of conduct/guidelines/standard/certification | Design/Product | ENERGY Star

The Green Grid’s mission is to drive accountable, effective, resource-efficient, end-to-end ICT ecosystems. They do this by: establishing metrics; driving an understanding of risk; proactively engaging governments to influence effective policy; and providing frameworks for organizations to realize operational efficiency and maturity across the ICT infrastructure. Thus enabling their members to: improve operations – reduce costs, increase efficiency, improve bottom-line results; mitigate risk – stay abreast of emerging regulations and trends; enhance thought leadership – raise brand awareness, drive industry-leading conversations; and strengthen the value chain – collaboratively identify mutually beneficial systems and processes related to energy/asset recovery and resource efficiency.

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| Code of conduct/guidelines/standard/certification | Design/Product | Indicator set/monitoring system | EU Ecolabel

The EU Ecolabel helps identify products and services that have a reduced environmental impact throughout their life cycle, from the extraction of raw material through to production, use and disposal. The EU Ecolabel scheme is a commitment to environmental sustainability. The criteria have been developed and agreed upon by scientists, NGOs and stakeholders to create a credible and reliable way to make environmentally responsible choices.
From the raw materials to manufacturing, packaging, distribution and disposal, EU Ecolabel products are evaluated by independent experts to ensure they meet criteria that reduce their environmental impact. The life cycle of a product begins with extraction – the mining or cultivation of the raw materials, such as cotton (for textiles) or wood (for paper products). It continues with manufacturing and packaging, distribution, use and finally the “end of life” stage, when the product is disposed of or recycled. When developing EU Ecolabel criteria for products, the focus is on the stages where the product has the highest environmental impact, and this differs from product to product.

Criteria are developed and revised in a transparent way by a group of experts and stakeholders. For more information on the development of EU Ecolabel criteria, visit the Criteria development and revision section.

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| Application/Platform | Design/Product | G.EN.ESI

EU-funded researchers of the project G.EN.ESI have developed an online software platform to help household appliance designers make their products more energy efficient.
Energy consumption has become a key consideration for product manufacturers. The residential/domestic sector makes up about 20 % of global energy consumption, with greenhouse gas emissions from the sector exceeding 35 %. Household appliances contribute greatly to this energy consumption.
The project’s software platform helps product designers make ecological design choices without losing sight of cost.

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| Code of conduct/guidelines/standard/certification | Design/Product | Nordic Ecolabel

The Nordic Ecolabel is the official Ecolabel of the Nordic countries and was established in 1989 by the Nordic Council of Ministers with the purpose of providing an environmental labelling scheme that would contribute to a sustainable consumption. It is a voluntary, positive Ecolabelling of products and services. The Nordic Ecolabel was also initiated as a practical tool for consumers to help them actively choose environmentally-sound products. It is an ISO 14024 type 1 Ecolabelling system and is a third-party control organ.
Today there are over 60 product groups,  and companies who have products within these groups and who meet the criteria requirements, can apply for a Nordic Ecolabel licence.
Each Nordic country has local national offices with the responsibility for criteria development, licensing,marketing and audits. In Denmark Nordic Ecolabel is administered by Ecolabelling Denmark at Danish Standards Foundation, in Sweden by Ecolabelling Sweden AB, in Finland by Finnish Standards, in Norway by The Foundation for Ecolabelling, and in Iceland by The Environment Agency that operates under the direction of the Ministry for the Environment.

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