Participant: Michael Strömbäck ATEA, Ylva Svedenmark Contracting Authority, Thomas Hedin Lenovo, Theresa Hägglund Bodens Municipality, Björn Eriksson Municipality of Norrbotten, Sandra Ström Nordic Car, Bertil Frankkila Region Norrbotten, Tim Timborn North Sweden Energy Agency, Isabella Katsimenis North Sweden Energy Agency
ATEA launched the meeting to report on its sustainability work as last year was about producing a report in their Advisor Board that they handed over to GDP, a global industry organization that works for increased sustainability for the entire industry, both customers, retailers and manufacturers. In this work, ATEA has, together with its clients, produced a report called Transparency that they handed over to the trade association and which will be the basis for the development of the continued work. ATEA points out and requests higher / larger requirements for procurement and GPP. What becomes clear in the discussions is that municipalities often lack the internal resources in order to make demands and also make audits of the requirements they set.
The procurement authority then tells about different labels that can be used for procurement in order to make claims. Today, UHM also looks at new criteria for the field of computers and monitors and explains how there has been a change in recent years in the area. From being very focused on the energy consumption of the end user, the focus has now gone on to the product, due to the fact that technologies have been developed for very low energy consumption today. This will bring new demands on circular thinking that will be reflected in the new criteria through – Extended Lifetime of Products, Recyclability, Labeling, Disassembly, Hazardous Substances, Recycling and Recycling Services. The new environmental requirements are expected to be presented in March and the new requirements for social sustainability later in May-June.
Using any of the markings, such as Energy Star, is recommended by UHM as these labels can handle the entire chain of evidence, a good means of proof.
The municipality of Boden comments and says that we can appreciate that there are demands today and that demands are made but how do we follow up them? How do we follow up the requirements? Linked to follow-up evidence? Strategic and political tools are required.
Lenovo tells us about environmental certifications and that sustainability certified displays have been around for a long time. Manufacturers also certify computers and tiles today. They first used the Swan but they did not fit so they use TCO today. Their requirements focus more on sustainability and the IT sector. Lenovo points out that it is very important to keep in mind that if other demands are made on energy efficiency, in addition to international standards such as Energy Star, it is very important to keep in mind that the same configuration of models is compared to the same processors, same as performance, etc. . In order not to compare apples and pears. There are also templates to see how many charging cycles a battery can be charged for example, a standard can be approximately 750 times. In Lenovo products, these charging bikes can be controlled by setting how far the battery is charging.