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Why do we have environmentally-labelled monitors?
In many countries, environmental labelling has become an established method for encouraging the adapta-
tion of goods and services to the environment.The main problem as far as monitors and other electronic
equipment are concerned is that environmentally harmful substances are used both in the products and dur-
ing their manufacture. Since it has not been possible so far for the majority of electronic equipment to be
recycled in a satisfactory way, most of these potentially damaging substances sooner or later enter Nature.
There are also other characteristics of a monitor, such as energy consumption levels, that are important from
both the working and natural environment viewpoints. Since all types of conventional electricity generation
have a negative effect on the environment (acidic and climate-influencing emissions, radioactive waste, etc.)
it is vital to conserve energy. Electronic equipment in offices consumes an enormous amount of energy, since
it is often routinely left running continuously.
What does labelling involve?
This product meets the requirements for the TCO'95 scheme, which provides for international environmental
labelling of monitors. The labelling scheme was developed as a joint effort by the TCO (The Swedish Confed-
eration of Professional Employees), Naturskyddsforeningen (The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation)
and NUTEK (The National Board for Industrial and Technical Development in Sweden).
The requirements cover a wide range of issues: environment, ergonomics, usability, emission of electrical
and magnetic fields, energy consumption and electrical and fire safety.
The environmental demands concern among other things restrictions on the presence and use of heavy met-
als, brominated and chlorinated flame retardants, CFCs (freons), and chlorinated solvents. The product must
be prepared for recycling and the manufacturer is obliged to have an environmental plan, which must be
adhered to in each country where the company conducts its operations policy. The energy requirements
include a demand that the monitor after a certain period of inactivity shall reduce its power consumption to a
lower level, in one or more stages. The length of time to reactivate the monitor shall be reasonable for the
user.
Labelled products must meet strict environmental demands, for example in respect of the reduction of elec-
tric and magnetic fields, along with physical and visual ergonomics and good usability.
TCO Development Unit 1996-11-29
On the page this folder you will find a brief summary of the environmental requirements met by this product.
The complere environmental criteria document may be ordered from:
TCO Development Unit
S-11494 Stockholm
Sweden
Fax: +46 8 782 92 07
E-mail (Internet): development@tco.se
Current information regarding TCO'95-approved and labelled products may also
be obtained via the Internet, using the address:
TCO'95 is a co-operative project between(3 logos)
Environmental Requirements
Brominated flame retardants are present in printed circuit boards, cables, wires, casings and housings. In
turn, they delay the spread of fire. Up to thirty percent of the plastic in a computer casing can consist of flame
retardant substances. These are related to another group of environmental toxins, PCBs, which are sus-
pected to give rise to similar harm, including reproductive damage in fish eating birds and mammals, due to
the bioaccumulative processes. Flame retardants have been found in human blood and researchers fear that
disturbances in foetus development may occur.
TCO'95 demand requires that plastic components weighing more than 25 grams must not contain organi-
cally bound chlorine and bromine.
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