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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

Greening Gadgets: Lifecycle Considerations for Smaller Electronics

FEC Partner Teleconference

December 6, 2007

what are smaller electronics
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
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
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
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
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 continued7
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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