Fujitsu Siemens says the ‘Green IT’ label (pictured) will help flag up the green credentials of its computer products for customers.
The new green IT label appears on products manufactured from November 2008 and uses a three-tier system – ranging from one star through to the highest, three-star accolade.
Fujitsu says the three-star label recognises products that exceed current green IT legislation around material, recycling and power consumption.
For example, a three-star business PC must use halogen-free material, its manuals must be made from chlorine-free paper, disassembly must be possible by a single person using commonly available tools, and all plastic components weighing more than 25g must be marked according to the ISO 11469:2000 standard, for easier identification when recycling.
It’s admirable that Fujitsu Siemens is aiming to introduce some transparency around the use of ‘green tags’ for IT products but if every technology company goes down this route it’s not hard to see what a complete mess that’s going to be and how much more confusing it will be for businesses and consumers – just look at the whole row around food labelling as an example.
So why has Fujitsu gone down this route? The company says it couldn’t find a suitable partner “whose criteria were as far-reaching as we were hoping for, and who could create the label in the timeframe we had set ourselves”.
The company says industry partners are welcome to join its programme and adds a caveat that it would be happy to adopt a suitable industry-standard green IT labellling system if one is introduced in the future.
Fujitsu Siemens chief technology officer Dr Joseph Reger said:
“We reviewed and rated all existing eco-labelling systems but found that they were not far-reaching or stringent enough for our needs.”
What this really needs is co-operation across the IT industry to introduce transparent green IT labelling, but Greenbang’s not holding its breath.