PC eco-label criteria target flame retardants and energy efficiency

Criteria for personal computers (PCs) being developed under the EC eco-labelling scheme may seek to exclude brominated flame retardants. But their main emphasis will be on energy efficiency, which could create confusing overlap with the European Commission's plans to introduce the US Energy Star label into the EC.

A life-cycle analysis (LCA) on PCs was presented in a report to an ad hoc working group meeting in Brussels in February.1 Detailed eco-label criteria will be produced and discussed at a further meeting at the end of March.

The LCA was conducted in accordance with guidelines produced by the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. The use phase of the PC's life cycle was set at three years, the period companies use for

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