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IEEE 1680 Certifications

Purchasers are demanding more environmentally friendly electronics and appliances. UL Environment can help by delivering sustainable product certifications to the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) 1680 standards.

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Overview

Developed by the IEEE, IEEE 1680 is the umbrella sustainability standard for the environmental assessment of electronic products. The specific standards within IEEE 1680 measure environmental performance criteria for a variety of products:

  • IEEE 1680.1 Computers and laptops
  • IEEE 1680.2 Print devices, copiers, fax machines
  • IEEE 1680.3 Televisions, television monitors and assemblies
IEEE 1680.1

IEEE 1680.1 is a product-specific standard for the environmental assessment of personal computer products, including notebook personal computers, desktop personal computers and personal computer monitors.

This is a tiered standard, with 28 possible points divided into the following eight categories:

  • Reduction/elimination of environmentally sensitive materials: 8 points
  • Materials selection: 3 points
  • Design for end of life: 5 points
  • Product longevity/life cycle extension: 2 points
  • Energy conservation: 3 points
  • End-of-life management: 1point
  • Corporate performance: 2 points
  • Packaging: 4 points

Certification is awarded when 22 mandatory criteria are satisfied and the required amount of optional points is achieved. There are three levels of certification, and their points requirements are:

  • Bronze — All required criteria
  • Silver — All required criteria and a minimum of 50 percent of available optional criteria points
  • Gold — All required criteria and a minimum of 75 percent of available optional criteria points
IEEE 1680.2

IEEE 1680.2 is a product-specific standard for environmental assessment of imaging equipment, including copiers, digital duplicators, fax machines, multifunction devices, printers and mailing machines, and scanners.

IEEE 1680.2 is a tiered standard and is divided into 10 categories:

  • Reduction/elimination of environmentally sensitive materials
  • Materials selection
  • Design for end of life
  • Product longevity/life cycle extension
  • Energy conservation
  • End-of-life management
  • Corporate performance
  • Packaging
  • Consumables
  • Indoor air quality.

Certification is awarded when mandatory criteria are satisfied, and the required amount of optional points is achieved.

  • Bronze — All required criteria
  • Silver — All required criteria and a minimum of 50 percent of available optional criteria points
  • Gold — All required criteria and a minimum of 75 percent of available optional criteria points
IEEE 1680.3

IEEE 1680.3 is a product-specific standard for the environmental assessment of televisions, including televisions, television combination units and component television units.

IEEE 1680.3 is a tiered standard and is divided into eight categories:

  • Environmentally sensitive materials
  • Materials selection
  • Design for end of life
  • Product longevity/life cycle extension
  • Energy conservation
  • End-of-life management
  • Corporate performance
  • Packaging.

Certification is awarded when mandatory criteria are satisfied, and the required amount of optional points is achieved.

  • Bronze — All required criteria
  • Silver — All required criteria and a minimum of 50 percent of available optional criteria points
  • Gold — All required criteria and a minimum of 75 percent of available optional criteria points

Benefits

For manufacturers pursuing Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) registration, UL Environment can offer a full scope of services, including readiness assessment, testing and certification to IEEE 1680 Standards. UL Environment is one of the only organizations in the world selected as a Product Registration Entity (PRE) for EPEAT. As a PRE, UL Environment assists manufacturers with registering their products to the central EPEAT registry referenced by government purchasers.

UL Environment provides scientific expertise in assessing and auditing the wide range of environmental criteria required to meet the IEEE 1680 standards. Certifications are awarded on a tiered point system:  Bronze, Silver or Gold.

Products that have achieved third-party certification to IEEE 1680 standards from UL Environment will be listed in UL SPOT Sustainable Product Guide, where they can be easily identified by product category, company name, product name, or type of claim.

Why UL

UL Environment is one of the only organizations in the world selected as a PRE for EPEAT. As a PRE, UL Environment assists manufacturers with registering their products to the central EPEAT registry referenced by government purchasers.

Related standards

  • UL 110 Standard for Sustainability for Mobile Phones
  • UL 2785 Standard for Sustainability for Printing Cartridges (formerly CCD 39)
  • UL 2801 Standard for Sustainability for Printing Inks (formerly CCD 40)
  • UL 2803 Standard for Sustainability for Lithographic Printing Services/Digital Printing (formerly CCD 041/141)
  • UL 2819 UL GREENGUARD® Certification Program for Chemical and Particle Emissions for Electronic Equipment
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