We care about greener electronics. Below are some of the certifications that Getac fulfills.
- RoHS Directive
- REACH Regulation
- Battery Directive
- Packaging Directive
- ENERGY STAR
Earning the ENERGY STAR®
ENERGY STAR® is a US government program that offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions, making it easy to save money while protecting the environment for future generations. Please reference ENERGY STAR® related information from www.energystar.gov.
As an ENERGY STAR® Partner, Getac Technology Corporation has determined that this product meets the ENERGY STAR® guidelines for energy efficiency.
An ENERGY STAR® qualified computer uses 70% less electricity than computers without enabled power management features.
Earning the ENERGY STAR®
When every home office is powered by equipment that has earned the ENERGY STAR®, the change will keep over 289 billion pounds of greenhouse gases out of the air. If left inactive, ENERGY STAR® qualified computers enter a low-power mode and may use 15 watts or less. New chip technologies make power management features more reliable, dependable, and user-friendly than even just a few years ago.
Spending a large portion of time in low-power mode not only saves energy, but helps equipment run cooler and last longer. Businesses that use ENERGY STAR® enabled office equipment may realize additional savings on air conditioning and maintenance. Over its lifetime, ENERGY STAR® qualified equipment in a single home office (e.g., computer, monitor, printer, and fax) can save enough electricity to light an entire home for more than 4 years. Power management (“sleep settings”) on computers and monitors can result in significant energy savings.
Remember, saving energy prevents pollution
Because most computer equipment is left on 24 hours a day, power management features are important for saving energy and are an easy way to reduce air pollution. By using less energy, these products help lower consumers’ utility bills, and prevent greenhouse gas emissions.
Getac Statement against Use of “Conflict Minerals”
Getac has always respected international human rights and continuously practiced the idea of being a world citizen. In response to Bill H.R. 4173 Dodd-Franck Act signed by U.S. President Obama in July 2010, Getac specifically states its prohibition against the use of Conflict Minerals.
Although Getac does not directly purchase metal raw materials, we strongly express that we do not support and do not use any metal mineral such as cobalt (Co), stannum (Sn), palladium (Pd), tantalum (Ta), wolfram (W) or gold (Au) extracted from mining fields with armed conflict, illegal exploitation, or shoddy work environment in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and its neighboring countries.
In order to avoid the use of metal from illegal exploitation among raw materials and during the production process, Getac requires suppliers to refuse the use of any “Conflict Minerals” from conflict areas and to verify the source of the mineral. It also requires suppliers to communicate this requirement to its upstream suppliers to fulfill the responsibilities of enterprise citizens together.Note 1: One article in the bill of the Dodd-Frank Act require es the Securities Exchange Commission to stipulate that any person trading or using any conflict mineral duly trace the source of the mineral, including Coltan, Cassiterite, Gold and Wolframite.Note 2: “Conflict Mineral” – certain metal minerals that have become the major financial source for organizations of armed insurrection in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and its neighboring countries to serve the purpose of arms trafficking, extending bloody conflicts with their government, ravaging local civilians, and drafting child soldiers and mineral workers by force, causing continuous international dispute.
ErP Lot3 Declarations
Getac provides ecodesign information about products is a responsibility that all international corporations must assume. The primary objective is to keep consumers informed about ecodesign information regarding the products they purchase.
In 2005, the EU government announced a framework for the setting of ecodesign requirements for energy-using products (2005/32/EC), known as the EuP Directive which requires the energy-using products have to comply with ecodesign requirements in order to be sold in EU. Furthermore, in 2009, the competent body announced 2009/125/EC Directive which extends the scope from energy-using products (EuP) to energy-related products (ErP).
In 2013, EU published COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) No 617/2013 of 26 June 2013 implementing Directive 2009/125/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to ecodesign requirements for computers and computer servers. Since 1st July 2014, the COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) No 617/2013 stipulate manufacturers of computers and computer servers, falling into its product scope, to provide technical documentation and make publicly available on free-access websites for the following information:
- Products shall comply with the requirements for power consumption and power management.
- Power supply shall comply with the energy efficiency requirements.
- Manufacturer shall provide the product information, including power demand, power management, noise level, and so on.
To comply with the requirement of point 7, INFORMATION TO BE PROVIDED BY MANUFACTURERS, of Annex II of COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) No 617/2013, Getac provides technical documentation on free-access local website for all notebook and tablet PCs subject to the regulatory product scope for European market.