The manufacturing of electronic products can have a significant impact on the environment. From the use of rare materials to energy and water demands of manufacturing processes, there is a clear need for electronics companies to employ and promote environmentally responsible practices in the electronics supply chain.
The EICC seeks to better understand the environmental impact of the supply chain and advance responsible practices. While there are many environmental issues that we could prioritize, our initial focus has been on helping EICC members and their suppliers track their energy and water footprints as that is an area of significant concern to members.
The EICC created a standard approach to measuring and reporting carbon emissions in the global electronics supply chain. Based on global standards such as the WRI Greenhouse Gas Protocol and Carbon Disclosure Project, we launched the EICC Carbon Reporting System. Using this tool, companies can measure and share emissions data with their customers in a standardized template. The platform integrated a standardized questionnaire for gathering quantitative carbon emissions and energy data, as well as qualitative information on carbon and energy management practices. See more information on the Environmental Reporting Initiative in the Tools and Resources section of the website. We have also published summary reports on the results of tool usage. Those reports can be found on the Reports section of the website.
Besides our initial focus on carbon footprinting, we are also keeping an eye toward expanding our focus to other environmental impacts, such as water. In 2010, we included water-related questions in the Carbon Reporting System. We plan to continue to consult recognized environmental assessment protocols and to identify indicators and performance standards that can be integrated into the assessment and monitoring tools, such as the Self-Assessment Questionnaire.
(Last updated November 20, 2012)
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