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Seminar on Impact of US E-Waste Management on China | December 2007


E Waste Management Seminar

On December 7, the Policy Research Center of the State Environmental Protection Agency hosted a seminar in Beijing on the Impact of US E-Waste Management on China. Participants from China in addition to SEPA included the National Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Information Industry, the China Household Electrical Appliance Research Institute, the Standards Center for the China Research Academy of Environmental Sciences and Beijing Normal University. The China US Center for Sustainable Development and the Green Electronics Council represented the US.

The seminar introduced EPEAT – the US and growing international system to help purchasers in the public and private sectors evaluate, compare and select desktop computers, notebooks and monitors based on their environmental attributes. Federal Acquisition Regulations require federal agencies to purchase at least 95% EPEAT-registered products in all relevant electronic product categories. EPEAT is managed by the Green Electronics Council.

The seminar agenda included a focus on the process of developing the EPEAT standard in the US, the importance of the IEEE 1680 standard in driving the greener design of electronics and the environmental benefits of EPEAT in its first year. Chinese presenters introduced the process and administration of eco standards in China and the growing policy support for expanding and managing these standards.

For further information, please contact the Center at info@chinauscenter.org.