Electronics Industry EuP Integration Service Platform Construction Plan

Background

The European Union (EU) always leads the rest of the world in the pace of environmental protection and is a key region for the Taiwan electronics industry export. After launching the WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronics Equipment) and RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) directives in 2005 and 2006, the EU again rules that all electronics products sold to the EU need to conform to the requirements of high recycle rate and nonhazardous substance, causing the Taiwan electronics industry to launch a new wave of green industry innovation movement. After that, a more influential move is the Energy-using Products (EuP) policy that was launched in August 2007, pushing the product design concept forward to an all-encompassing “from cradle to tomb” environmental protection thinking. The impact on the cost pressure for Taiwan’s electronics industry will be much greater than that from WEEE and RoHS.

The problems that the electronics makers will face are as follows:

  • With the complex supply chain and massive corresponding component types, the companies must thoroughly inspect the details according to the product environment characteristics of themselves and related companies along the supply chain. As well, they will need to offer ecological profiles (Eco-profiles). This will be a very complicated and professional task, which requires not only a significant budget, but also professional assistance. As such, this is not easy for a single company to independently deal with.
  • It will also be difficult to prove the offered Eco-profile is correct and can represent itself.
  • There is no fixed format in the investigation of the Eco-profile of each of the company’s suppliers. For the suppliers, it will be a heavy task if different customers have different checking-list formats. Therefore, the unification of the format will help lowering costs.
  • If the proffered Eco-profile adheres to the global standard and has independent verification proof, the customers will be more satisfied and convinced of the company’s capability. Otherwise, industry players will be short-handed if each company uses its own format.
  • The companies also have to consider whether the presentation of every data has a globally- recognized standard, most important of which are the certification of Product Category Rule (PCR) and product lifecycle data verification.
  • With the various common traits for the obtained or announced data among various companies, it is better that the companies have a single format for the same industry, with the help of a shared platform via the assistance of the government. Thereby, the companies can lower their costs and improve their competitiveness.

If the aforementioned problems can be jointly considered using a collective mechanism to build a shared PCR, thereby making the Eco-profiles universal and able to pass the verification, future obstacles when facing the requirements of EU countries can be reduced while costs stemming from various formats and methods adopted by OEMs or suppliers can be saved. A green supply chain that conforms to the EuP directive and meets the requirements of the electronics companies will help the industry significantly.


Content

The plan expects to use a shared single information platform while combing the professional institutions from various fields to solve the problems of the electronics makers.

Platform Name

Electronics Industry EuP Integration Service Platform

Service Target

Based on the Taiwanese members of the Taiwan Electrical and Electronic Manufacturer’s Association (TEEMA) and will eventually expand the scope to any companies in need of the service

Plan Goal

  1. Establish the Eco-profile database for the electronics industry that complies with the EuP directive
  2. Establish the examination and directing procedures for the lifecycle of the electronics industry (ISO14044:2006)
  3. Establish the PCR models of local PC, TV, power supply, refrigeration equipment and wash machine
  4. Establish PCR cooperation agreement with Japan and South Korea
  5. Establish Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) structure that follows the international schedule

Operational Model

  1. Establish the Electronics Industry EuP Integration Service Platform for the basic platform of service and future exchanges
  2. Cooperate with foreign players to establish EPD and PCR regulations; win international recognition and import the results to the platform data base for the platform users
  3. Arrange the Eco-profile, related regulations for the inspection and testing of product energy consumption of the EuP-related directive and establish a operational standard for the platform users
  4. Launch lifecycle inspection for specific products selected by the electronics industry; besides setting up a standard procedure, the inspected data can also serve as the basic data for the platform and for the platform users to use either for free or requiring payments
  5. In the future, the data generated from the platform will be implemented in the database not only for additional references for the platform users but also can be used as exchange information for companies that have their own product lifecycle inspection data.
  6. The platform users are members that are served according to their levels.
  7. The costs of using the platform service should be lower than that if the users are self-constructing its own format. The total sum of the saved budget should be more than the subsidy offered by the government for the plan.
  8. The platform initially focuses on service and not so much on exchange. After the term of the plan, the platform will focus on both.

Service Content

EuP Data Service

  1. Eco-profile data service
  2. Eco-profile data exchange
  3. Eco-profile information system calculation software service
  4. PCR database
  5. EPD database
  6. Energy consumption database

Technical Consultancy

  1. LCI inspection
  2. LCI Data Quality(verify)
  3. LCI Data Quality(Eco-profile)
  4. Environment impact assessment
  5. EuP environment design
  6. EuP management system direction
  7. PCR assistance
  8. EPD inspection and verification
  9. Third-kind environment announcement
  10. Energy consumption testing
  11. CE verification
  12. WEEE registration

Educational Training

  1. LCI inspection
  2. LCA software promotion
  3. Compliance announcement
  4. EuP management system direction
  5. EuP environment design
  6. Energy consumption design
  7. Global environment protection trend
  8. Green management strategy and successful experience
  9. Green management construction and successful experience
  10. ISO 9000/ISO 14000 system integration and audit
  11. Green product design purchase and successful experience
  12. Green product testing, audit and case study
  13. Green product replacement technology application and successful experience
  14. Green product break-down and recycle design
  15. Green electronics information platform implementation and successful experience
  16. Environment protection law class and testing

Others

  1. Member recruitment
  2. Platform advertisements
  3. Cooperation with related software companies
  4. Help functions: User manual, FAQ, Site Map, On-line Discussion Zone

Reference:http://www.eup.org.tw/