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    Historically, regulations governing chemical use have often focused on widely used chemicals and acute human health effects of exposure to them, as well as their potential to cause cancer and other adverse health effects. As scientific...
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    Introduction 1. CRMD Background The Canadian Raw Materials Database (CRMD) is a voluntary project involving a cross-section of Canadian materials industries to develop a database profiling the environmental inputs and outputs...
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    CMLCA is a software tool that supports the calculation of:
    • life cycle assessment (LCA), including social life cycle assessment (SLCA) and life cycle sustainability assessment (LCSA)
    • input-output analysis (IOA), including...
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    The emerging category of "green" electronics has captured consumers' attention in the past year. They are beginning to understand the various environmental and health impacts of the plethora of devices they interact with on a daily basis,...
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    The E3IOT database contains a high resolution, environmentally extended input output table for Europe which covers production, consumption and waste management sectors.
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    The Economic Input-Output Life Cycle Assessment (EIO-LCA) method estimates the materials and energy resources required for, and the environmental emissions resulting from, activities in our economy. The EIO-LCA method was theorized and...
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    The Eco-Patent Commons is an initiative to create a collection of patents on technology that directly or indirectly protects the environment. The patents will be pledged by companies and other intellectual property rights holders and made...
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    With its ergonomic interface, sectoral databases and low cost, Bureau Veritas CODDE's EIME - Environmental Improvement Made Easy has popularised environmental analysis. EIME is more than a software programme, it is a referential that lets...
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    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has launched a tool to allow 28 industrial sectors to submit their 2010 greenhouse gas pollution data electronically. More than 1,000 stakeholders, including industry associations, states and...
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    EPEAT is a procurement tool to help institutional purchasers in the public and private sectors evaluate, compare and select desktop computers, notebooks and monitors based on their environmental attributes. EPEAT also provides a clear and...
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    This fact sheet provides brief definitions for terms often encountered when considering e-waste legislation and directives. Definitions include links to further information. PDF Format (Length: 2 pages)
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    This online primer provides background information on pollution prevention information related to electronic waste and references to essential pollution prevention resources. This primer is intended for technical assistance providers,...
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    The Electronics Environmental Benefits Calculator is intended to assist institutional purchasers, including Federal Electronic Challenge (FEC) program participants, in quantifying the benefits of environmentally sound management of...
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    This report from BSR looks at the Chinese supply chains of 10 electronics manufacturers and offers tips for companies that want to get a grasp on how their suppliers are impacting the environment overseas.
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    This page lists databases for your search or chosen category. Click on the name of the database to see the description of the database
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    You can show the sub-categories by clicking on the + sign on the left of the category entry. To list all ELCD data sets of a shown sub-category, just click on the name of the sub-category. By clicking on an individual data set, it opens...
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    This portion of the Federal Facilities Environmental Stewardship & Compliance Assistance Center (FedCenter) web site provides resources related to the electronics stewardship program area. This program area addresses the life-cycle...
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    This report update describes which of the 10 Recommendations from the "Final Report of the Governor's Task Force on Waste Materials Recovery and Disposal" either complete, in progress, or work remains to be done.
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    This report summarizes available information obtained from the literature, Internet sources, and through conversations with manufacturers, recyclers, and others about: dominant flat panel display technologies that are used in televisions,...
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    Written by Jinglei Yu, Eric Williams, Meiting Ju and Yan Yang. Electronic waste (e-waste) has emerged as a new policy priority around the world. Motivations to address e-waste include rapidly growing waste streams, concern over the...
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    PE INTERNATIONAL offers strategic consulting and leading software solutions to help you improve your corporate and product sustainability.

    We provide conscientious companies with cutting-edge tools, in-depth knowledge and an...
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    The Consumer Goods Forum, a global trade organization that includes both brands and retailers, has unveiled its Global Protocol on Packaging Sustainability. The aim of the protocol, formulated with support from the packaging industry, is...
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    GLOBOX is an executable software model for deriving the global multimedia fate, exposure, and effects of emissions as a function of characteristics of substances (e.g. Kow), of the environment (e.g. average temperature), and of human...
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    This portion of the Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable (GLRPPR) web site provides links to online and hardcopy information related to electronic waste management, as well as relevant events, funding opportunities, expert...
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    This portion of the GLRPPR web site provides links to documents, web sites, events, funding opportunities, expert contacts, and archived GLRPPR Help Desk questions and answers related to recycling and waste exchange. Various subsections...
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    This portion of the Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable (GLRPPR) web site provides links to online and hardcopy information related to sustainable product design, as well as relevant events, funding opportunities, expert...
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    This manual provides state agencies and technical assistance providers with tools and resources to better serve their clients who are looking for information and to support greening their operations, supply chains, processes, and products.
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    Green chemistry encompasses a broad area of endeavor. It is not covered by a narrow definition and does not offer a "silver bullet" type solution because it is essentially a reaction to a complex variety of issues. Ranging from dangerous...
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    Green Seal bases its work on thorough, state-of-the-art scientific evaluations using internationally accepted methodologies. Product evaluations are conducted using a life-cycle approach to ensure that all significant environmental impacts...
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    Articles on greener computing available on the GreenBiz website.
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    In its 18th edition, the Guide evaluates leading consumer electronics companies based on their commitment and progress in three environmental criteria: Energy and Climate, Greener Products, and Sustainable Operations.
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    For more than fifteen years, green chemistry and design for environment have been used successfully to benefit both the environment and the economy. In an effort to further entrench these approaches as the fundamental bedrock of industry...
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    The signing of H.B. 1589 makes Indiana the 19th state in the country to implement electronics waste regulations in the absence of a federal standard. The Indiana e-waste law forces manufacturers to take responsibility for the collection...
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    Indiana law signed 5/13/09. Manufacturers of video display devices, such as TVs, computer monitors and laptops, must recycle 60 percent by weight of their sales of those products. They are required to register with the state by April 2010...
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    The Electronics Environmental Benefits Calculator is intended to assist institutional purchasers, including Federal Electronic Challenge (FEC) program participants, in quantifying the benefits of environmentally sound management of...
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    Begun more than 25 years ago, the Design for Recycling Award is ISRI's highest award that is given annually to the most outstanding contribution to products designed with recycling in mind. It recognizes the proactive steps made by...
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    Making environmental sound decisions on products and processes requires comparing alternatives and scenario calculations by asking 'what if...?'-questions. The implications of such choices can be shown with user-friendly software. We...
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    This user friendly software can help your business assure environmental compliance while assuring sustained profitability. Also, LCAPIX can greatly aid your company in achieving the ISO 14000 certification, a must for any business that...
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    An objective method of assessing environmental impact by calculating the resources input (energy and material) and output (waste and pollutant) throughout the entire product life-cycle (raw material...
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    Look about halfway down this page for the link to this EPA publication. The LCA101 document, entitled "Life Cycle Assessment: Principles and Practice," provides an introductory overview of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and describes the...
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    This report was produced as part of the Australian Data Inventory Project, with financial support from Environment Australia, New South Wales Environment Protection Authority, Victorian Environment Protection Authority, South Australian...
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    Life cycle analysis (LCA) is the systematic approach of looking at a product's complete life cycle, from raw materials to final disposal of the product. It offers a "cradle to grave" look at a product or process, considering environmental...
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    The concept of conducting a detailed examination of the life cycle of a product or a process is a relatively recent one which emerged in response to increased environmental awareness on the part of the general public, industry and...
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    Life cycle analysis (LCA) is the systematic approach of looking at a product's complete life cycle, from raw materials to final disposal of the product. It offers a "cradle to grave" look at a product or process, considering environmental...
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    Welcome to the IDC Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Calculator that provides a simple way to assess the environmental impact of a product by calculating its energy input and carbon output from cradle to grave. The LCA Calculator developed by...
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    Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) models the complex interaction between a product and the environment from cradle to grave. It is also known as Life Cycle Analysis or Ecobalance. Download our SimaPro Introduction to LCA (PDF, 1MB) for an...
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    Impact Assessment The inventory table is the most objective result of a LCA study. However, a long list of substances is difficult to interpret. Life Cycle Impact Assessment (LCIA) is used for systematic evaluation of the impacts. ...
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    The basis of any LCA is the creation of a model, that contains the amounts of all inputs and outputs of processes that occur during the life cycle of a product. This includes the production phase, distribution, use and final disposal of...
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    Text of Michigan e-waste legislation, effective December 29, 2008.
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    Summary of House Bills 6714-6715 and Senate Bills 896-897 as reported by house committee, 12/3/08. "In general, this package of bill would add a new Part 173 (Electronics) to the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act to...
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    This is the text of the bill recently passed in Minnesota which requires electronics manufacturers to pay for collection and recycling of electronic waste from households. The bill requires each manufacturer that sells TVs, computer...
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    This press release from the Computer TakeBack Campaign describes producer responsibility legislation passed in Minnesota in 2007 which requires electronics manufacturers to pay for collection and recycling of electronic waste from...
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    The National Electronics Product Stewardship Initiative (NEPSI) was created to bring stakeholders together to develop solutions to the issue of electronic products management. NEPSI's main goal was the development of a system, including a...
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    The U.S. Life-Cycle Inventory (LCI) database contains data modules that quantify the material and energy flows into and out of the environment for common unit processes. A full product life-cycle assessment (LCA) requires the combination...
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    The "Tech Recycling Service" is available at all of Office Depot's 1,100-plus retail store locations in North America. The Office Depot program, which was piloted in 2006 in approximately 100 stores in the U.S., has already resulted in the...
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    Life Cycle Thinking (LCT) seeks to identify possible improvements to goods and services in the form of lower environmental impacts and reduced use of resources across all life cycle stages. This begins with raw material extraction and...
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    Written by Laurie Case, this Illinois Waste Management and Research Center classroom activity guide is designed for grades 7-12, and describes what a Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) is and its three basic components. Also included is an...
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    The R2:2013 Standard is the latest version of R2, the electronics recycling industry's leading certification. Each provision of the R2 Standard is designed to help ensure the quality, transparency, and environmental and social...
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    The aim of this study is to explore the literature surrounding the environmental impact of mobile phones and the implications of moving from the current business model of selling, using and discarding phones to a product service system...
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    The DfE Computer Display Partnership, along with the electronics industry, evaluated the life-cycle environmental impacts, performance, and cost of technologies that are used in desktop computer monitors--namely, cathode ray tubes (CRT)...
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    The DfE Printed Wiring Board (PWB) Partnership encouraged the use of technologies that improve both environmental performance and competitiveness of the PWB industry. The Partnership website includes project background information,...
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    SimaPro is the most widely used LCA software. It offers ultimate flexibility, parameterized modelling, interactive results analysis and comes with a large database included.
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    with a product over its life cycle. The most important applications are: • Analysis of the contribution of the life cycle stages to the overall environmental load, usually with the aim to prioritise improvements on products or...
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    Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS), the world's largest office products company, has announced that it now makes it easy to recycle used computers and other office technology at any Staples store nationwide, becoming the first national retailer...
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    The State Electronics Challenge (SEC) is a voluntary program that encourages state, regional, and local governments, including schools and other public entities, to: purchase greener electronic products; reduce the impacts of electronic...
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    Stewardship Ontario is a private, not-for-profit organization that develops, funds and operates Ontario's recycling programs for printed paper and packaging (Blue Box) and household hazardous and special waste (Orange Drop). They collect...
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    TCAce software integrates environmental life cycle assessment and scenario-based risk analysis to provide a complete understanding of all potential environmental and health related costs associated with a process or product. With...
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    The mission of the Chemical Footprint Project is to transform global chemical use by measuring and disclosing data on business progress to safer chemicals. It provides a tool for benchmarking companies as they select safer alternatives and...
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    Paper written by a group of Microsoft researchers suggesting that servers be deployed to homes and office buildings and used as a primary heat source, instead of the traditional set up where equipment is installed to cool the servers at...
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    This poster depicts the life cycle of a CD or DVD from obtaining raw materials through manufacture, packaging, distribution, useful life, and disposal. It explains the importance of life cycle management and encourages reuse and...
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    This poster shows the life cycle of a cell phone from obtaining raw materials through manufacture, packaging, distribution, useful life, and disposal. It explains the importance of life cycle management and encourages reuse and recycling....
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    Well, now that the switch to digital television has taken place, the question arises: What, besides use it for a doorstop, does one do with the old, faithful analog television if one didn't buy a converter box for it, or simply decided to...
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    Statutes relating to: the sale, disposal, collection, and recycling of electronic devices, granting rule?making authority, making an appropriation, and providing penalties.
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