The End of JGPSSI & JIG-101

Manufacturers will no longer have to suffer the Japanese Green Procurement Survey Standardization Initiative (JGPSSI) form, according to a note posted on the JGPSSI Webpage. Instead, JGPSSI will dissolve, and JIG-101 — a guide for consistent materials declaration — will no longer be updated and maintained. JIG-101 (the latest and final version is 4.1) is…

Apple’s EPEAT Fiasco

Just over a week ago, {complink 379|Apple Inc.} pulled out of EPEAT, the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool certification system. The system gives computers, notebooks, and monitors (and soon imaging equipment and TVs) bronze, silver, or gold ratings based on required and optional criteria. Apple took its registered products off the registry and dropped out…

Steps to REACH Compliance

In a previous blog, I observed that the requirements of the European Union regulation known as Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction on Chemical substances (REACH) are complex but noted that it represents a step in the right direction for the manufacturing industry as well as the global environment. (See: REACH Is Not Overreaching.) Since REACH…

REACH Is Not Overreaching

I read Douglas Alexander’s recent post on the European Union's Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction on Chemical substances (REACH) and the responses to it, and I felt I had to respond to perhaps add a little clarity to the conversation. Alexander's take on this seems to be that it's needed, but too late and too…