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Projector Brands Seek Sustainability Certification as AV Buyers Drive Social, Environmental Responsibility

Press Release  |  Aug 30, 2016
STOCKHOLM, Aug. 30, 2016 /CNW/ - To meet the growing demand for more sustainable AV products, projector brands are turning to the TCO Certified sustainability certification as proof of environmental and social responsibility. Casio now joins NEC and Acer in offering projectors that meet all TCO Certified life cycle criteria for socially responsible manufacturing, energy efficiency, picture quality and lower environmental impact. Buyers can now choose from 50 certified projector models.

Electronics are widely recognized as a risk category for human rights violations during their manufacture, which is almost impossible for buyers to assess themselves. Long used by IT purchasers for computer equipment, TCO Certified is also a useful tool for AV buyers to verify that the projectors they buy are manufactured under fair conditions. By specifying TCO Certified in purchasing contracts, they can also directly influence industry to improve their social and environmental responsibility track records.

To achieve TCO Certified, a projector must meet a broad set of life cycle criteria for social and environmental responsibility as well as picture quality and other performance factors. Compliance is verified by an independent third party. Niclas Rydell, Director of TCO Certified comments: "For purchasers, the built-in conformity assessment program in TCO Certified offers the reassurance that the product does in fact measure up to those specifications."

The latest certified projectors from Casio also use a laser light source, which offers a much longer lifetime and less maintenance compared to traditional, mercury-containing lamps that require frequent changing and specialized disposal.

"Our goal is to constantly drive the electronics industry to develop more sustainable products so that buyers can easily make responsible choices," continues Rydell. "With purchasing directives - such as those in the EU - now calling for greater emphasis on sustainability, projector buyers can use TCO Certified as a tool to help meet environmental and social goals, while not compromising the image performance they demand."

About TCO Certified
TCO Certified is an international sustainability certification for IT products, making it easier to choose computers and other electronics that help meet today's sustainability goals. TCO Certified includes a wide range of environmental and social responsibility criteria throughout the product life cycle: manufacturing, use and end of life. Product models and their manufacturing facilities are third party verified for compliance.