New Report Highlights Slates, Tablets and Environmental Considerations

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The Green Electronics Council has released a compilation of research from a workshop attended by industry experts, researchers, manufacturers, business leaders and government.

The Green Electronics Council (GEC) today released a report highlighting some of the environmental issues and opportunities surrounding slate and tablet computers. The report, titled “An Introduction to Slate and Tablet Computers: Technology, Markets and Environmental Considerations,” is a compilation of materials from a workshop co-convened by the GEC and U.S. Department of Energy.

GEC brings focus to the special issues of electronics and sustainability and seeks constructive paths forward. This new report synthesizes information presented or referenced during the December 2013 workshop. It is one step in the organization’s mission to inspire and enable responsible environmental action in the design, purchase and recovery of electronic products.

The two-day workshop convened 39 stakeholders to develop a better understanding of the slates/tablets product segment and environmental performance. The workshop was part of a broader process through which GEC is gathering information from a broad pool of stakeholders about the product lifecycle of slates/tablets and their design and markets. Topics addressed at the workshop and included in this new report include:

  •     Markets and trends
  •     Overview of the supply chain
  •     Component and materials composition
  •     Lifecycle analysis and carbon footprint
  •     Environmentally sensitive substances and materials
  •     Energy efficiency
  •     Repair, refurbishment and end-of-life strategies

A copy of the report is available here.

The Green Electronics Council is a non-profit organization founded to inspire and create paths toward ever more sustainable electronics. The Council achieves this mission by supporting the production of consensus-based environmental leadership standards; by operating EPEAT, the definitive global rating system for greener electronics; and by convening global thought leaders in environmental design, strategy and marketing to envision more sustainable electronics design and delivery methods. These activities work to promote a world in which electronics, throughout their lifecycle, are key contributors to global sustainability. For more information, please visit

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