By actually using the standards, they can harmonize requirements that will assist with business advancement. The key element here is achieving the circularity of materials so we don’t have to keep using new materials. This will decrease emissions and waste. To do this, we need to use less hazardous materials by incorporating the three Rs: reducing is best, reusing second, and recycling third. There are several standards that help track and gather information to find ways to recycle hazardous materials. Companies can use this information to lessen their impact and promote a circular economy.
IEC/TC 111 also has an eco-design standard that outlines how to improve environmental performance of products through design and is working on a guidance document on how to improve material circularity in EEE products. Eco-design needs a systematic approach, especially when trade-offs arise between environmental improvement measures, product safety and product performance. The committee also has a number of standards on how to test for hazardous substances. Harmonized test methods were an early priority for TC 111 given discrepancies in test results between suppliers, customers, and enforcement authorities. Applying these International standards can really help make products more sustainable, and ensure products can be reused, refurbished and remanufactured, recycled etc.