Chinese electronics industry eyes EPEAT

Chinese electronics industry eyes EPEAT

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

More Chinese manufacturers could begin to use the EPEAT green electronics rating system, according to attendees at a recent summit between the Green Electronics Council, which administers the EPEAT system, and a delegation from China.

The Chinese Electronics Standards Institute (CESI), which represents electronics manufacturers, certifying bodies and recycling firms, met for three days with Green Electronics Council representatives, as well as representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Energy Star program and the U.S. General Services Administration [Disclosure: Jerry Powell, president of E-Scrap News' parent company Resource Recycling, Inc., presented findings at the meeting]. Topics discussed included strategies for collection and recycling, how to establish and enforce environmental standards, product design, and other subjects.

The move was part of the Chinese government and CESI's ongoing interest in improving environmental oversight and implementing a green purchasing system.

"All the members of this delegation and the People’s Republic of China are dedicated to improving environmental outcomes from our fast-growing electronics industries," said CESI director and senior engineer Hongru Song, who led the delegation. "Our policies focus on international cooperation, access to markets and business incentives for improved environmental performance. The EPEAT system of standards is our chosen path to pursue these goals in international markets."

Both the Green Electronics Council and CESI are planning a follow-up meeting, tentatively planned for October of this year in Beijing.

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