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TCO Certified launches sustainability certification for tablet PCs

Clare Hobby (email) October 27, 2011

Samsung SLATE PC Series 7 is first to meet demanding criteria for image performance, environmental design and social responsibility. 

Stockholm, Sweden. TCO Certified, the worldwide third party sustainability label for IT products, today launched TCO Certified Tablets , the program’s first sustainability certification for tablet PCs. The TCO Certified Tablets label offers IT buyers a way to more easily identify tablets designed to help them meet sustainability demands while not compromising the user experience. The launch coincides with the announcement that the Samsung SLATE PC Series 7 is the first tablet to meet the label’s demanding criteria for environmental design, ergonomics and social responsibility.

Sören Enholm, CEO of TCO Development, the organization behind TCO Certified, comments on the launch: ”The tablet is rapidly becoming part of our personal and business PC environment. Expanding TCO Certified to include tablets is a natural step, considering our almost 20 years of experience certifying PCs and displays. As users, we should demand that all our IT products feature good image performance, environmental design and that they are manufactured under socially responsible conditions. This is the assurance that a TCO Certified tablet delivers to the user. We congratulate Samsung on the certification of the SLATE PC Series 7”.

“Samsung Electronics is proud to fulfill TCO Certified for the SLATE PC Series 7 and it meets our goals towards sustainable development”, says Kyuho Uhm, Senior Vice President of the IT Solutions Business at Samsung Electronics.

In keeping with TCO Certified requirements for PCs and displays, criteria for TCO Certified Tablets cover multiple attributes, including minimal use of hazardous materials, energy efficiency, visual and workload ergonomics, design for recycling as well as corporate social responsibility in the production phase. Product models carrying the TCO Certified label meet all requirements and are rigorously tested and verified in an accredited third party laboratory.
Tablets PC:s are currently among the fastest growing trends in electronics. Growth estimates put the tablet market from an estimated 10.3 million consumers in 2010 to 208 million users by 2014. While tablets have been primarily marketed to consumers, professional users or “prosumers” are expected to adopt tablet technology in greater numbers in the next few years, particularly in retail, health care, finance and education settings. In 2011 an estimated 25% of tablets will be purchased for business use, double the amount seen in 2010. This number is expected to rise dramatically along with continued growth in the consumer segment.

Soren Enholm concludes: “We at TCO Development see our role as a catalyst for moving IT in a more sustainable direction. As awareness of sustainable development and social responsibility grows in the IT industry, so does our engagement with key stakeholders in making progress towards remaining targets in the product lifecycle. Issues such as e-waste, energy consumption, material content and worker conditions will continue to drive our efforts towards a more sustainable IT environment”.

About TCO Development
TCO Certified is a world­wide third party eco-label program dedicated to the sustainable development of IT products and is a registered trademark of TCO Development. Since 1992, the TCO certification program has significantly influenced the design of IT products in a more sustainable direction while ensuring maximum usability, ergonomic and environmental design along with social responsibility. Product areas include computers (desktops, notebooks, all in one PCs), displays, tablets, phone headsets and projectors. All products carrying TCO Certified are rigorously tested and verified to meet all criteria by an accredited, independent test laboratory.

Purchasers and users worldwide reference TCO Certified as an instrument to support their sustainability goals. TCO Development is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, with regional representation in Asia and North America.

For more information, please contact TCO Development

Mr Soren Enholm, CEO
mobile: mobile +46 70 240 79 15

Mr Niclas Rydell, Product and Certification Director,
mobile: +46 70 588 92 71

Mrs Anna Pramborg, Director, Communications,
mobile: +46 70 667 64 04

Mrs Clare Hobby, Regional Manager, North America,
mobile: +1 310 801 8769

Twitter: @beyondgreenit / @itsustainable

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