Electronic-equipment designers face an ill-defined future when the European Union goes "green" this summer.
What is in this article?:
- Weather forecast for Europe: Hazy but green
- Material declaration and testing standards
- First WEEE offender fined
- New York City to go "green" in 2008
- Green is green: Getting a payback from "green" initiative
Material declaration and testing standards
There are a number of draft documents for material declaration and testing standards. These documents may be a useful resource to help OEMs determine if BOM scrubbing, material content declaration documentation, and other requirements for compliance to current and impending environmental legislation can be reasonably done in-house. They include:
- The Guidelines for the management of chemical substances in products from the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association, (www.jeita.or.jp/english/). It is currently available at http://188.8.131.52/jeita_eps/green/greendata/Chemical20050927/050927_ma nage.gl.ver1.eng_.pdf
- The Jedec Standard, Marking, symbols, and labels for identification of lead (Pb) free assemblies, components, and devices comes from The Solid State Technology Association (www.jedec.org) the semiconductor engineering standardization body of the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA). It is available at www.jedec.org/download/search/jesd97.pdf.
- IEC 62321, Procedures for the determination of levels of six regulated substances (lead, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls, polybrominated biphenyl ether) in electrotechnical products comes from the International Electrotechnical Commission (Technical Committee 111) (iec.org). A draft of the standard is available on Hewlett-Packard's Web site (members.ipc.org/committee/drafts/D0WNL0AD_1751.htm).
- TC111, Environmental standardization of electronic products and systems, was created to address a gap in international standards for emerging environmental legislation of electronic equipment. Standards development is underway for Materials Declaration, Environmentally Conscious Design, and Declaration of Environmental information and Test Methods.
And on the Electronics Manufacturing Initiative Web site (www.inemi.org) there are also links to the following standards:
- The IPC-1751, Generic requirements for declaration process management
- The IPC-1752, Materials declaration management Both standards can be downloaded as zip files at members.ipc.org/committee/drafts/D0WNL0AD_1751.htm. From the Department of Defense come a number of documents.
- PESHE, Stryker programmatic environmental safety and health evaluation (aec.army.mil/usaec/acquisition/peshe01.pdf)
- Department of Defense Green procurement strategy (GPP), Promoting environmental stewardship throughout the Department of Defense (www.denix.osd.mil/denix/Public/ES-Programs/Pollution/Procurement/GPP/gppintro.html)
More information on the green procurement practices, products, and contractors for the DoD can be found on the Defense Logistic Agency Web site (www.dlis.dla.mil/green).