A total of four CASIO projectors that do not include mercury lamps have been awarded the TCO certificate. The TCO certificate is an independent, international verification of sustainability for IT products and is awarded by TCO Development — a Swedish non-profit organisation for the development of quality standards. The seal of approval is recognised worldwide and helps consumers to recognise high quality standards and environmental protection standards for IT equipment. It therefore promotes the distribution of sustainable methods of production and consumption. Every product that is submitted for certification must fulfil all of the sustainability requirements and is tested, checked and verified accordingly by independent third parties. After the seal has been awarded, TCO also regularly checks and monitors whether the manufacturer is still adhering to the sustainability requirements.
Advantages of TCO
- The most comprehensive independent certification of IT products worldwide
- A unique range of ecological and social requirements from a life cycle perspective
- It offers organisations the opportunity to check and verify their own sustainability requirements for IT products
- It enables transparency and control with regard to the consideration of ecological and social issues
“We are proud that our projectors and light sources do not contain any mercury. As a leading manufacturer of projectors with laser and LED hybrid light sources, we are conscious of our responsibility to reduce our environmental impact, which is why we avoid mercury in our products and are reducing our power consumption and CO2 emissions. At CASIO, we are continuing to optimise the light source technology for our projectors without lamps.”
Toshiyuki Iguchi, Executive Officer, Digital Signage Division, Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
What requirements need to be met in order to obtain TCO 2.0 certification?
Throughout their entire lifecycle, TCO-certified projectors must fulfil many different criteria relating to the environment, social responsibility, ergonomics and health and safety. One requirement for projector TCO certification is for the product to offer excellent image quality up to a specific maximum projected image size. The product also requires an Eco Mode — this means that the projector can be set to a lower light intensity, which reduces the energy consumption and noise level and increases the lifespan of the lamp.
In addition, a TCO 2.0-certified projector must offer high image quality and feature an energy-saving mode, which minimises energy consumption and the noise level. The projector, including all of its components and subcomponents, must be free of mercury and other harmful substances. If the manufacturer still uses mercury lamps, it must declare the amount of mercury present.In addition, a TCO 2.0-certified projector must offer high image quality and feature an energy-saving mode, which minimises energy consumption and the noise level. The projector, including all of its components and subcomponents, must be free of mercury and other harmful substances. If the manufacturer still uses mercury lamps, it must declare the amount of mercury present.
Overview of the requirements
The requirements are based on all phases of the product lifecycle, which means that sustainability requirements are specified for the production phase, the usage of the product and its disposal. The requirements incorporate aspects such as reduced environmental impact, social responsibility during production, ergonomics as well as health and safety:
Requirements in the production phase
Social responsibility during production, a certified environment management system, conflict minerals and sustainability information.
Requirements during usage of the product
Climate issues, ergonomics and working conditions, health, safety and emissions, lifespan and sustainability information (indication of energy consumption)
Requirements for disposal
Limiting the amount of dangerous substances and chemicals in the product and packaging, take-back of waste appliances, preparation for recycling and sustainability information (indication of total weight)
Sustainable perfection without mercury: Projectors from CASIO
CASIO began using laser and LED hybrid light sources in all of its projectors in 2010. This means it no longer uses lamps containing mercury. Four mercury-free projectors have been awarded the globally recognised TCO seal of approval, which means that they meet the new criteria for TCO certification 2.0.