Office Products Standards
Originally developed in the United States, Energy Star has become the most widely-recognised voluntary environmental standard. Energy Star power consumption criteria have been adopted by other labelling bodies as a benchmark for energy performance and by the EU in public sector procurement guidelines and some Energy Related Product directives.
Energy Star standards are regularly reviewed to ensure they remain challenging for manufacturers.
The Blue Angel is the oldest and most well-known eco-label worldwide and considered one of the most demanding. Established by the German federal government in 1978, its criteria are set by an independent jury and reviewed every 3 or 4 years. Over 12,000 products from more than 1,500 companies have been awarded Blue Angel Status.
Blue Angel award criteria have been set for most types of office equipment, as well as paper.
The EU Ecolabel was established by the European Commission in 1993 and covers a wide range of products. To qualify for the EU Ecolabel, products have to comply with a tough set of criteria that take the whole product life cycle into account - from the extraction of the raw materials, to production, packaging and transport, right through to use and disposal.
Criteria are developed and revised in a transparent way by a group of experts and stakeholders.
EPEAT® is a comprehensive environmental rating that helps identify greener computers and other electronic equipment. It was conceived and developed through the collaboration of stakeholders from the business, advocacy, government and academic arenas in the United States.
EPEAT certificates are country-specific as they take into account end of life disposal available in the territory. Products are rated bronze, silver or gold.
The Swan is the official Nordic ecolabel, introduced by the Nordic Council of Ministers. The Swan's mission is to contribute to reducing the consumer burden on the environment, using ecolabelling to guide purchasers in their desire to shop with a "green" conscience, and thus contribute to a better society.
Through ecolabelling, the Swan wants to encourage manufacturers to develop environmentally-friendly products and services
TCO is an independently verified quality and environmental labelling system, the purpose of which is to influence the development of ICT products to ensure optimum user-friendliness and minimum impact on the environment. The TCO labelling system makes it easy to choose IT and office equipment which is beneficial to both the user and the environment.
It covers eight product categories including displays, computers and mobile devices.