For the period of January-March this year, a total of 14 working group review meetings and three Review Committee meetings were held. During these meetings, 359 Green Mark applications were reviewed with 349 approvals and 10 rejects. After on-site audits, 7 product registrations were added or revised.
This year, the approved applications are still mostly information technology products, including desktop computer systems, multifunction devices, notebook computers, monitors, printers, and printer toner cartridges, etc. In addition, there are also a number of household air conditioners, recycled bricks and some recycled building materials approved for usage of Green Mark. This result clearly reflects that current government green procurement activities remain the main driving force for manufacturers’ applications of Green Mark usage, as most of the applications are centered on the designated mandatory preferential green purchasing product categories, especially the IT products. As for the manufacturers of building materials, motorcycles and passenger cars, their recent interests in applying for Green Mark come from the new requirements on green procurement for public construction projects and that recycling, clearance and disposal fees have adopted the green preferential rate scheme.
When compared with the past three years, this year the reasons for rejects of applications are less complicated. Unlike past years, the issues with illegal factory, cleaning products containing hazardous substances, or poor quality testing reports have lessened, as about 90% of the rejects are due to products not meeting the requirements of product specifications. The Q1 2011 (Jan-March) statistics show that the average application processing time is 115 days (from submissions of applications to reject or confirmation to use Green mark); average time for manufacturers to submit additional documents is 53 days; average processing time of applications by EDF is 14 days (including document review, review of additional documents, arrange and carry out on-site audits); and the average time from submission of reviewed applications by EDF to EPA and completion of review by the Green Mark Review Committee is 48 days.