Wednesday, 12 November 2008

FCS Green IT Label

Fujitsu Siemens Computers (soon to be divorced from Siemens) has launched a Green IT label intended to give customers an immediate indication of how products perform in terms of energy efficiency and environmental impact throughout their life cycle. The company said that it had reviewed existing eco-labeling systems and found they were not stringent enough for its needs.

The labels use a three-level approach, from one star up to three star, the highest rating. The company apparently uses a stringent set of criteria and the three star rating requires products to meet a comprehensive list of criteria relating to materials used, recycling and power consumption. The labels will appear first on FCS' PCs and notebooks, starting with those manufacturer this month, whilst the criteria for servers and storage are still being finalised.

The company is publishing the qualification criteria and inviting industry partners to join the programme.

This looks like a challenge to the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) from the Green Electronics Council in the US. EPEAT has a lot of weight because federal acquisition regulations in the US require federal agencies to purchase at least 95% EPEAT-registered products in relevant categories. The standards are also becoming more widely adopted outside US government purchases and starting to be looked at by public sector buyers in the UK and elsewhere in Europe. It would appear that FCS doesn't think the standard is high enough (and/or thinks Europe should have its own). But the company does say that it would be happy to adopt a 'suitable' industry-standard labeling system.

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