Caution: Green Zone Ahead

If you have gotten past the headline of this article, you are either a diehard environmentalist who will read anything about “going green,” or someone like me who is hoping to hear something different about this whole green movement. Green is good. I don't think anyone would disagree. I think it is time to get…

This Month on Velocity: Green Compliance

Velocity, the supply-chain-focused section of EBN sponsored by {complink 577|Avnet Inc.}, is a mere three weeks old, but it is already drawing kudos from observers for helping to direct attention to critical issues affecting all companies involved in the design, manufacture, sales, and support of electronic equipment. In July, writers and contributors to Velocity explored…

Before Shipping Your Electronic Wastes to India

I'm on my way to Bangalore, India, to participate in a workshop and seminar for India environmental professionals. One of my duties will be to give a presentation on the electronic waste (e-waste) problem and the reasons for India's new restriction of hazardous substances (RoHS) and waste electrical and electronic waste (WEEE) rules. Consumer electronics…

How Apple Can Use Its Power

{complink 379|Apple Inc.} has created yet another public policy stir, this time by dropping out of an environmental registry called the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT). EPEAT breaks down electronics products and assigns them a green rating. Apple hasn't disclosed why it has asked EPEAT to stop rating its products. Apple's move has raised…

US Missing on REACH & Other Green Rules

After writing a number of articles about the European Union's Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) and other regulatory compliance issues, I have become increasingly aware that Europe is at least 10 years ahead of the United States in demonstrating and mandating concern for the safety and health of its people. I also…

7 Essential Services for Environmental Compliance

For those of you who have been following these REACH Best-Practices articles, I have been doing my best to be as comprehensive as possible in the overviews. Recently, I met with the staff of GreenSoft Technology and was treated to a demonstration of its services and software product, GreenData Manager. GreenSoft specializes in environmental compliance…

China RoHS, US EPA Regulations Move Forward

Two environmental mandates that have a significant impact on the electronics industry advanced forward this week. In China, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) published the latest proposals on the so-called “China RoHS” rule. Similar to the EU's Restriction on Hazardous Substances, China RoHS regulates the use and disposal of certain hazardous materials…

Medical to Fall Under RoHS Scope in 2014

If you think RoHS is in your rear-view mirror, think again. A significant electronics market is going to feel the impact of RoHS within the next few years and may be caught unprepared. Medical devices will fall under the RoHS scope starting in 2014, according to Gary Nevison of Newark/element14. Medical devices have so far…

An Updated Primer on WEEE & RoHS, Part 2

The European Parliament, in its Resolution of 14 November 1996 (7), asked the European Commission to present proposals for directives on a number of priority waste streams, including electrical and electronic waste, and to base such proposals on the principle of producer responsibility. The European Parliament, in the same resolution, requests the Council and the…

REACH Scrubbing? Try Total Parts Plus

Achieving compliance with the EU's Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemical Substances regulation, otherwise known as REACH, can be onerous, but harried electronics equipment makers and suppliers can more easily scale this hurdle by partnering with companies specialized in components verifications and scrubbing. One of these is Total Parts Plus (TPP), a Florida-based company…