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Greening Gadgets: Lifecycle Considerations for Smaller Electronics . FEC Partner Teleconference December 6, 2007. What are “smaller” electronics?. Personal or mobile electronics, “gadgets” Cellular/mobile phones, SmartPhones Personal digital assistants (PDAs)

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Greening Gadgets: Lifecycle Considerations for Smaller Electronics

FEC Partner Teleconference

December 6, 2007


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What are “smaller” electronics?

  • Personal or mobile electronics, “gadgets”

    • Cellular/mobile phones, SmartPhones

    • Personal digital assistants (PDAs)

  • Includes devices less frequently purchased by the federal government

    • Digital cameras and camcorders

    • Digital music players

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Does the FEC address smaller electronics?

  • Yes!

  • Why?

    • Smaller electronics may contain the same toxic constituents as larger electronics

    • Smaller electronics use energy

    • Smaller electronics have an even shorter lifespan than larger electronics: 1.5 years

  • Federal partners can improve their life-cycle management of smaller electronics

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Acquisition and Procurement

  • Incorporate FEC’s Key Environmental Attributes for Electronics Acquisition into procurement specifications

  • Require ENERGY STAR® qualified battery charging systems and external power adapters

  • Consider environmental standards

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Key Environmental Attributes

  • Reduced toxics constituents

    • Batteries

    • Circuit board

    • Liquid crystal display

    • Plastic housing

  • Increased recycled or biobased content

    • Plastic housing

  • Energy efficiency or alternative energy sources

    • No ENERGY STAR® standard for mobile devices

    • Solar powered

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Key Environmental Attributes(continued)

  • Reduced materials use

    • Less of an issue with smaller electronics

    • Buy what you need

  • Extendable product life

    • Removable/replaceable memory cards

    • Firmware/software updates available

    • Extended warranties

  • Designed for upgrade and recycling

    • Easily disassembled into component parts

    • Reduced number of plastic types

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Key Environmental Attributes(continued)

  • Take back options

    • Manufacturer take-back programs

    • Follow due diligence processes

  • Environmentally Preferable Packaging

    • No or reduced toxic constituents

    • Reusable

    • Recycled or biobased content

    • Recyclable

    • Bundling or multipacks

  • Positive Corporate Environmental Policy

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Battery Chargers and Power adapters

  • ENERGY STAR does have standards for:

    • Battery charging systems

    • External power adapters

  • Require included peripherals to be ENERGY STAR qualified

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Standards for Mobile Devices

  • Existing

    • Blue Angel (Germany)

    • TCO (Sweden)

  • Future

    • EPEAT standard to be developed Summer or Fall 2009

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Operations and Maintenance

  • Follow manufacturer instructions for charging the battery

  • Unplug charged devices

  • Keep firmware/software updated

    • Many providers can wirelessly deliver upgrades

  • Handle with care!

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End-of-Life

  • Smaller electronics are just like larger electronics

  • Reuse

    • Internal reuse

    • External refurbishment

    • Donation

      • Not eligible for Computers for Learning

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End-of-Life(continued)

  • Recycle

    • Obsolete or broken small electronics should be recycled

    • Use the same guidance as larger electronics

  • Always follow property management procedures

    • Take-back and donation

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Data Security and Media Sanitization

  • Smaller electronics may contain memory which may contain sensitive data

  • Follow your agency or facility media sanitization procedures

  • ReCellular hosts a database of cell phone data eraser instructions at http://www.recellular.com/recycling/data_eraser/default.asp

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References

  • FEC’s Key Environmental Attributes for Electronics Acquisition

    http://www.federalelectronicschallenge.net/resources/docs/topenv.pdf

  • FEC’s Understanding Eco-labels

    http://www.federalelectronicschallenge.net/resources/docs/ecolabel.pdf

  • ENERGY STAR Battery Charging Systems

    http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=battery_chargers.pr_battery_chargers

  • ENERGY STAR External Power Adapters

    http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=ext_power_supplies.power_supplies_consumers

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Contact Information

  • FEC Champions

    • https://db2.erg.com/fec/champions.asp

  • Partner E-mail

    • [email protected]

  • Cate Berard

    • [email protected]

    • 202-564-8847

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