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Northern Micro Corporate Environmental Program

Introduction

Northern Micro, in an effort to become more environmentally conscious has embarked on a number of programs over the years that pertain to environmental stewardship and comply with applicable laws and restrictions. These programs guide the organization to develop products that safely reduce or eliminate environmentally hazardous materials, promote a “reuse and recycle” End of Life Management model and improve energy efficiency.

At Northern Micro we strive for continuous improvement of our environmental system by incorporating the best possible practices through our waste management and IT products recycling initiatives. The results of these initiatives can be reviewed and measured in our Corporate Responsibility Report.

We understand that the achievement of reducing the amount of pollution and waste into our natural environment must rely, to a large extent, on each individual member of the corporate team.  As such, all employees, with the full support of management, contribute to the goal of reducing, reusing and recycling our products and the waste we produce.

In this regard, Northern Micro also works with committed partners that exhibit a focus on Sustainable Development and Green procurement. The following are some organizations and programs that promote safe Environmental stewardship and in which Northern Micro participates as part of its overall commitment to our environmental policy.

  • Electronics Product Stewardship Canada (EPSC)

  • Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC)

  • EPEAT (a program of the Green Electronics Council)

  • Energy Star, Microsoft WHQL, 80+ and TCO Development.

   
Energy Star Partner
Call2recycle
Electronics Product Stewardship Canada
EPEAT
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ISO 9001: 2008
certified since 1993
ISO 14001: 2004
certified since 2006

 

 


Environmental policy

"Northern Micro is committed to continually reducing the amount of pollution created in its manufacturing plant by offering recycling solutions for IT equipment and by properly reducing, reusing and recycling its packaging material. Northern Micro maintains an Environmental Management system that it is proud of and one that complies with all of its legal and other defined environmental requirements."

Environmental Manual

ISO 14001

Northern Micro is dedicated to providing computer products and services that meet or exceed the quality, operational performance and life cycle cost requirements of our customers.  In an effort to continually improve our system we have implemented our Environmental Management System (EMS), which also meets the requirements of the ISO-14001 Environmental Management System. The Environmental Management System assures that NM computer products, their manufacturing, their delivery, and their recycling are processed under the control of the system. The System is designed to adhere to ISO 14001:2004 standard. The system assures conformance to legal and the company’s environmental policy and provides objective evidence of effective control.

Northern Micro attained its ISO 14001 certification in November 2006.

IEEE1680

The policy focuses on areas which address all stages of the product life cycle. IEEE 1680 is the first U.S. standard to supply environmental guidelines for institutional purchasing decisions involving desktop and laptop computers and monitors. It offers criteria in eight categories - materials selection, environmentally sensitive materials, design for end of life, end-of-life management, energy conservation, product longevity and life-cycle extension, packaging, and corporate performance. IEEE 1680 and its product registration and verification system are part of the Electronic Products Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT).

EPEAT

EPEAT is a program of the Green Electronics Council and provides a procurement tool to help institutional purchasers in the public and private sectors evaluate, compare and select desktop computers, notebooks and monitors based on their environmental attributes. EPEAT also provides a clear and consistent set of performance criteria for the design of products, and provides an opportunity for manufacturers to secure market recognition for efforts to reduce the environmental impact of its products. Northern Micro EPEAT certified products are listed on the EPEAT’s web site (http://www.epeat.net).

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RoHS

RoHS (Reduction of Hazardous Substances) - The reduction and/or elimination of environmentally sensitive materials and hazardous substances. As of July 31st 2005, all Northern Micro systems refreshed on the NMSO (National Master Standing Offer) utilize RoHS compliant components. These include the Motherboard, Chassis, Drives, Video Card, Memory and CPU.

Flame retardants and plasticizers - The elimination of intentionally added flame retardants and plasticizers in certain applications.

Recycled plastics content - Ensuring that the product contains post consumer recycled plastic < 5.0% by weight, measured as a percentage of total plastic (by weight) in each product or does not. This applies to all covered products that contain plastics, excluding PCB and packaging.

Renewable/bio based plastic materials - A declaration as to whether the product contains renewable/biobased plastic materials greater than 5.0 %, measured as a percentage of total plastic (by weight) in each product.

Toxics in packaging - Ensuring a reduction/elimination of intentionally added toxics in packaging.

Other Environmental practices employed by Northern Micro

Power Management - Ensuring maximum efficiency without sacrificing performance in product design.

Thermal Consideration - Ensuring the proper case/motherboard/CPU configuration is developed to maintain the required Thermal levels.

Acoustic Levels - Ensuring systems conform to ISO 9296 declaration methodology and employing the ISO 7779 test methodology for acoustic levels.

Energy Star, Microsoft WHQL and 80 PLUS

ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy to help save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices. Northern Micro is an active participant in the Energy Star and certifies its products as Energy Star compliant (as listed on their web site http://www.energystar.gov/ )

The Microsoft WHQL program is used to qualify products that conform to industry standards for computer and related equipment. Among the criteria being measured are Power Management features (Wake On-LAN, ACPI, Sleep/Suspend/Hibernate) which greatly enhance the longevity of key system components, reduce power requirements and offer overall improved efficiency and performance to the user and the environment.

The 80 PLUS program is one of the latest power conservation initiatives that promote the maximum operating efficiency of power supplies within computer equipment. The performance specification requires power supplies in computers and servers to be 80% or greater energy efficient at 20%, 50% and 100% of rated load with a true power factor of 0.9 or greater.

TCO Development ensures that certified products are tested to conform to standards developed by them and which create a better working environment for office users. Northern Micro uses TCO ’03 certified LCD monitor products from its partners.

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EPSC (Electronics Product Stewardship Canada) – www.epsc.ca

The EPSC (Electronics Product Stewardship Canada) is a not-for-profit organization and works with an array of partners and stakeholders to design, promote and implement sustainable solutions for Canada 's electronic waste problem. These industry leaders are aware of both the pressures on municipalities for landfill management and the environmental necessity to handle the potentially hazardous content of electronics products and reuse the valuable resources they contain. EPSC Canada was created to work with both industry and government to develop a flexible, workable Canadian solution. Northern Micro is an active member of the EPSC. The EPSC has recognized both Environment Canada’s ECO Logo and the corresponding US EPEAT programs as tools for developing environmentally friendly solutions.

RBRC (Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation) – www.rbrc.org

RBRC, (Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation) through their North American wide program recycles used portable rechargeable batteries and old cell phones typically found in cordless power tools, cellular and cordless phones, laptop computers, camcorders, digital cameras, and remote control toys. RBRC recycles the battery chemistries: Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd), Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH), Lithium Ion (Li-ion) and Small Sealed Lead* (Pb). RBRC is dedicated to keeping rechargeable batteries and cell phones out of our nation’s solid waste stream and preserving natural resources. Northern Micro participates in the RBRC program and offers this free service to its clients for all batteries meeting the above specifications regardless of when and through whom they were purchased as Northern Micro is also a collection center for this program.

Contacts

For more information on how to recycle your equipment please contact servicecalls@nmicro.ca or call 1-800-563-1007

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