2 min readNEC Display Solutions Receive TCO Eco-Certificate for Its Projectors
Munich – The Swedish firm TCO Development sets international standards for the certification of monitors’ environmental compatibility and ergonomics. Now the firm has drawn up a similar catalogue of criteria for projectors and developed including a new measurement called “TCO Image Size”. This measurement facilitates the choice of the right projector for the customer. According to the press report, NEC Display Solutions is the world’s first manufacturer to receive a TCO certificate for projectors, mainly for its NEC NP215 and NP410 models.
“Projectors are becoming increasingly popular. Therefore it is important to build them as environmentally friendly as possible and to assist consumers in identifying a product with optimal image quality,” says Sören Enholm, Managing Director TCO Development. “We are very pleased that a leading brand as NEC appreciates the TCO certification and sets an example for the rest of the industry.”
Though, choosing a projector is not an easy task. The solution is TCO Image Size – the largest projected area tested in normal use situations that meet all the visual ergonomic criteria that TCO Development consider important for validating a high quality picture. Furthermore, in order to receive a TCO certification, a projector needs to satisfy strict criteria regarding ergonomics, energy consumption and the materials used for the product and its packaging.
The NEC NP215 and NP410 satisfied the TCO requirements thanks to their low power consumption of only 210W (NP215), respectively 195W (NP410), in Eco mode, making them particularly economical and eco-friendly. Eco mode also facilitates an extended lamp life of up to 5000 hours. An Auto Power Off function enables the projector to automatically turn off if no signal is received by any input device for a specified amount of time. In standby mode, the devices only consume 0.7 W.
Moreover, the projectors offer a Carbon Savings Meter. The tool calculates and totals the CO2 savings that are achieved when the device is being operated in Eco mode. An optional message at system startup encourages the user to select the energy-saving mode, which can be activated easily by pressing the green Eco button on the remote control. When shutting down the projectors, the user is informed about the savings of each session.
As well as environmental and ergonomic aspects, a TCO certificate also means that a manufacturer is discharging its social responsibility across the entire value creation chain – from manufacturing to disposal. “NEC’s Green Vision philosophy, just like TCO’s standards, takes account of the entire product life cycle,” explains Ulf Greiner, Product Line Manager for Business Projectors at NEC. “TCO certification for our projectors is both an affirmation and a further incentive to continue our efforts to achieve optimum environmental compatibility while at the same time delivering outstanding performance and cost effectiveness.”