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Transition Plan Finalized – New Code of Practices for R2v3 Released

SERI has released the final Transition Plan to migrate all R2:2013 Certified Facilities to the new R2v3 Standard by July 1, 2023.  To facilitate this move, a new Code of Practices (COP) has also been released.  The COP provides all the rules for the R2 Certification program.  Version 2.0 of the COP will apply specifically to the process Certification Bodies must follow to audit and certify facilities to R2v3.  (The first version of the COP will continue to apply to R2:2013 certifications.)

The new COP is much more comprehensive, reflecting lessons learned from 11 years of R2 Certification experience, and the feedback of the certification bodies and the accreditation body, ANAB.  While the COP applies directly to the Certification Bodies who audit and certify R2 facilities, the requirements of the COP also impact the certification process for R2 facilities.   

A significant impact to R2 facilities is required audit time.  SERI has taken a careful look at audit time and has run several scenarios to understand the impact of the minimum audit time requirements in the new COP.   New audit time calculations have been structured to be proportionate to the scope of certification.  The more processes that a facility performs–the more audit time that will be required. 

In reviewing audit times, SERI also discovered that a real driver of excessive audit time was the time mandated by some of the management system certifications.   As a result, SERI has identified specific areas in the R2v3 Standard where the requirements overlap with those of the more generic management system standard and is therefore permitting the integration of the auditing of these elements into the management system audits.  Essentially, this means that some of the mandated management system audit time can be used to audit the R2 requirements, allowing for an overall reduction in audit time and a more efficient audit.

While SERI has streamlined and reduced R2 audit time requirements to the extent possible while still ensuring  auditors have sufficient time to evaluate each facility for responsible practices, SERI will continue to look for ways to make audits more efficient.   Utilizing technology and remote auditing as part of the audit process will continue to be evaluated and incorporated into the audit process as is feasible. 

From a quality perspective, the new R2v3 Certification Program and COP have taken an innovative approach to auditing and certification.  Rigorous requirements for quality control by the Certification Body are incorporated.  And enhanced requirements for timely correction and verification of nonconformities will continue to improve the accountability of each R2 Certified facility.  The R2 Standard was restructured to be more flexible, scalable and adaptable to a rapidly changing industry.  And the new COP follows suit by streamlining the audit process, eliminating inefficiencies, and taking advantage of new technologies where it makes sense to do so.

The Transition Plan to R2v3 is located in Advisory 22 at https://sustainableelectronics.org/r2-standard/r2-document-library

The R2 Code of Practices v2.0 can be downloaded with the R2v3 Standard at https://serir2.org/document-library/

 

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Environmental Concerns Lead to Rise in Adaptive Reuse Projects

As concern over the environment grows in sprawling urban areas, adaptive reuse – in this case, the repurposing of old commercial buildings to apartments — is on the rise; in the past decade, nearly 800 factories, hotels and other buildings have been converted…

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Public Trust in Sustainability Reporting is Rising Sharply

Research across 27 markets has found that public trust in how companies communicate their sustainability performance has increased to a record 51% this year, with significant variations by country.

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10 Innovative and Informative Waste and Recycling Apps

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New Advisories to the R2 Code of Practices

SERI has released two new advisories to the R2 Code of Practices:

Advisory 21 – Recertification / Reassessment Remote Auditing during COVID-19 Pandemic

In March, SERI released Advisory 19–Alternate Auditing and Certification Procedures in an effort to ease disruptions in the audit process resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.   Since that time, we’ve been evaluating the benefits and risks of expanding the use of remote audits to include recertifications.  Because of the travels bans, quarantines and health precautions of the past months, many audits have been postponed, which has put the R2 certification of a number of facilities at risk.   To address this issue, SERI released a second advisory in response to the Pandemic:  Advisory 21- Recertification / Reassessment Remote Auditing during COVID-19 Pandemic.  A variety of auditors, certification bodies and R2 facilities participated in the testing of our remote audit pilot program.  After careful review, we think remote audits can be effective option, but they will require a very different approach and methodology.  Advisory 21 outlines the process to be followed if a Certification Body chooses to conduct a recertification audit remotely.  Download Advisory 21 to view the specific details.   

To help facilities prepare for remote audits, SERI also released  Facility Tips for Successful Remote Audits.

Advisory 22 – Transition Plan to R2v3 

This Advisory provides the timeline and audit process for transitioning from R2:2013 certification to R2v3 certification. Proactive and early transition of certification will be key to meeting the demands of the marketplace. Certification Bodies (CBs) are encouraged to start briefing and preparing their Candidate Facilities and R2 Certified Facilities for the transition. For more details, download Advisory 22.

 

 

 

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Majority of Washington Voters Support Full Transition to Electric Cars by 2030

A new poll from Yale University, George Mason University, and Climate Nexus, and commissioned by the nonprofit Coltura, finds 59% of Washington voters support a policy requiring new cars in Washington state to be electric starting in 2030.

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Business & Resilience: Facing COVID-19 Uncertainty

Business resilience is defined as the ability of an organization to adapt to disruptions, while maintaining business operations. In other words, when faced with a crisis or economic slowdown, resilient organizations are built to ride out that uncerta
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Call for members to serve on R2 TAC and R2 Consensus Body

With the recent release of the R2v3 Standard, SERI is currently looking for new members to fill open and soon expiring Consensus Body and TAC positions to aid the rollout and implementation of the Standard.  The R2 Standard establishes responsible reuse and recycling (R2) practices for the management and processing of used electronics globally.  By certifying to this Standard through an accredited third-party Certification Body, an R2 Facility can demonstrate that used electronic equipment is managed in an environmentally responsible manner, protective of the health and safety of workers and the public, and that all data on all devices is secure and effectively destroyed.

Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (SERI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the responsible reuse, repair, and recycling of electronic equipment.  Through its independent Board of Directors and staff, SERI promotes and provides oversight of the R2 Standard and Certification process.

In addition, the SERI Board of Directors appoints an R2 Consensus Body which is a balanced stakeholder group that approves change proposals to the R2 Standard, draft revisions to the standard, and approves any formal interpretations through a consensus process.  The Consensus Body is supported by another Board appointed stakeholder group, the R2 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC).  The role of the TAC is to provide technical insight and other guidance to the Consensus Body to aid in the development of the R2 Standard and supporting resources.

SERI is currently looking for new members to fill open and soon expiring Consensus Body and TAC positions.  Any individual that has a direct and material interest in electronics recycling and the R2 Standard can apply to be on the R2 Consensus Body and TAC.  All applications will be considered, and selection of members is the sole responsibility of the SERI Board to ensure balanced representation from the following interest categories:

  • Entities Covered by the Standard – which includes any organization that can be certified to the R2 Standard;
  • Customers of Entities Covered by the Standard – which includes customers of the services provided by R2 Certified electronics recyclers and refurbishers; and
  • Regulatory/Public Interest/Other Stakeholders – which includes representatives from international, national, state or local governments; and any other individual or organization that has an interest in, is materially affected by, or has special expertise regarding electronics recycling and the R2 Standard and does not fall under one of the other two interest categories.

Further information on the R2 Consensus Body, TAC and the R2 standards Development process can be found at:  https://sustainableelectronics.org/r2-standard/standards-development

Application for the R2 Consensus Body and TAC can be submitted online through the following form:  R2 TAC / Consensus Body Application 

While applications can be submitted anytime, deadline for submission for consideration in this round of review is November 6, 2020.

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New Climate Accounting Capability Platform Launched to Help Companies Measure Greenhouse Gas Emissions

KPMG announced a patent-pending blockchain-based capability, which is intended to help organizations more accurately measure, mitigate, report, and offset their greenhouse gas emissions.

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World’s Largest Craft Brewer to Make All Employees Carbon Negative

BrewDog, the world’s largest craft brewer, recently announced that it is the first employer in the world to ensure that all employees are carbon negative.

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