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Zyxel's Green Policy Statement

Green Products

Hazardous-substance Free

For the environment, sustainable development, and customer health, Zyxel has a constant responsibility to manage hazardous substances conscientiously via Zyxel comprehensive specification, which complies with global regulations and prohibits the use of the relevant hazardous substances by suppliers. We will not only comply with regulations but plan to cease the use of PVC, CFR, phthalates, and relevant hazardous substances through ecothinking. Using the concept of prevention in green design, Zyxel will establish comprehensive electronic processes that will constrain suppliers to control hazardous risks from material and ensure that all components are verified by confirmed certification and test report.

The regulations (including but not limited to the European Union) that are confirmed with Zyxel are listed below:

Directive 2011/65/EU and its amendment (EU) 2015/863

The Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment.

Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006, REACH

Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals. The newest list of SVHC, as per the ECHA website.

Directive 94/62/EC and its amendment, PPW

Packaging and Packaging Waste.

Directive 2006/66/EC and its amendment, BATT

Batteries and Accumulators and Waste Batteries and Accumulators.

Energy Conservation

Zyxel aims to work on reducing the energy consumption of networking products and improve energy efficiency to be higher than existing regulations and voluntary energy efficiency parties' rules such as:


Energy-Related Products Directive 2009/125/EC and amending Regulation (EC) No 1275/2008


ENERGY STAR Small Network Equipment


EU Code of Conduct (CoC)…etc. after taking usage stage into account for the entire life cycle of an electronic product.

Although mandatory requirements will come into force from 1st Jan., 2015, Zyxel has implemented an earlier launch to be in conformity with the requirements. The external power supply is an energy-consuming electronic accessory used to connect networking products. Another focal point for reducing energy loss during the use stage of the entire life cycle is to select and design an external power supply with lower power consumption, in accordance with well-known domestic requirements such as ErP Regulation (EC) No 278/2009 in the EU, US CEC in US, CSA C381.1-08 in Canada, and the International Efficiency Marking protocol.

To achieve higher energy efficiency, Zyxel will continuously maintain its environmental commitment to reduce energy consumption, in accordance with the Level VI requirement (currently being drafted) for more efficient power transfer technology.

Wireless Output Management

With the wireless output controlling capability, the Zyxel series makes it easy to adjust the output power for whole-home wireless coverage according to actual needs. The feature eliminates unnecessary power consumption and reduces interference caused by neighboring access points within an area of high-density wireless deployment.

Zyxel wireless USB adapter, featured with wireless auto-adjustment and power-saving mode, brings you not only a plug-and-play wireless solution but also a smart way to save energy. Without complicated setup, Zyxel wireless USB adapter can automatically adjust wireless output power by detecting the distance from the device to the wireless access point. If the PC equipped with wireless USB adapter is close to the wireless access point, it will lower the output power to reduce power consumption. When there is no transmission traffic, the wireless USB adapter will enter the power-saving mode to save electricity.

Wireless On/Off Switch & Power On/Off Switch

The users can easily control wireless access and save energy with the wireless on/off switch on the rear panel of the Zyxel routers to toggle the wireless access in just seconds. In addition, the power on/off switch makes it easier for you to save energy in just seconds.

Power On/Off Scheduling

The power on/off scheduling can automatically perform power management tasks according to specific date/time settings for better power efficiency. Based on the user’s usage patterns, this function can automatically turn on or off the device to conserve power and operating costs.

HD Hibernation

With the advanced hibernation support, the internal hard disks can automatically spin down when there is no data transmission request within a period of time.

Power-Saving Mode

The power-saving mode is to reduce power consumption when the Ethernet links become inactive.

Wake on LAN

Allows a computer on the LAN to be powered on or waken up remotely by a network packet.

Wireless Scheduling

In order to save power and reduce wireless radiation when the wireless network is not in use , Zyxel' s Wi-Fi device can be configured to turn on or off automatically according to user's wireless usage patterns.

Smart Fan

With Zyxel's smart fan technology, the device can run at slower speeds to reduce power consumption when the system temperature is low.

Detect Inactive Link

With power usage adjustment by link status , device automatically reduces power usage when any shut down network device or inactive link is detected; in other words, power consumption of the series can be adjusted according to the number of active network devices.

Intelligent PoE

The Intelligent PoE technology allows power to be supplied over the same Ethernet cable, and thus eliminates the need for costly electrical wirings. It not only supports the PoE switches provide the power the devices actually needed with auto-detection capability to reduce the power consumption but also increases the potential amount of connected power devices.

Wake on Demand

Automatically reduce power usage by bringing the Zyxel device out of power-saving mode only when there's network activity such as Internet access or an Internet call.

Detect Cable Length

The device equipped with this green feature can automatically detect the length of connected Ethernet cables and adjust power usage accordingly. The shorter the cable length, the less power it consumes.

Conflict Mineral

The Conflict Mineral, including Gold (Au), Tantalum (Ta), Tin (Sn) and Tungsten (W), was mined from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and adjoining countries. The illegal exploitation of mining in those areas has caused serious human rights infringement and environmental issues.As a good global corporate citizen, Zyxel Networks will put into practice the Social responsibility of human rights and environmental protection. We promise do not accept and do not use conflict mineral, and follow the requirement of the Responsible Minerals Initiative and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) "Guidelines for Due Diligence of Mineral Supply Chains in Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas", implement regular due diligence to require all supply chains to disclose the use of smelters Relevant information by using the latest Conflict Minerals Reporting Template (CMRT).

The Conflict Mineral Management Process

Zyxel establish the policy and requirement of conflict mineral

Supplier control the source of 3TG and submit CMRT to Zyxel

Data statistics and improvement

Management requirements:

  1. Establish conflict-free mineral policy and request supply chain cooperate in implementation.
  2. Incorporate conflict-free mineral integrate the requirement into the evaluation of supply chain, and signed of Zyxel Networks purchase contract and declaration.
  3. Develop the scope of investigation and carry out the investigation per year to grasp the source of mineral used in the supply chain.
  4. Arrange an annual supplier audit plan and conduct actual audit to suppliers with 25% at least, and track down the improvement status.
  5. In response to major issues, take escalation actions immediately and request the supply chain to improve, and continue to track the improvement status until the risk is acceptable, or suspend/interrupt cooperation as appropriate.

The distribution area and numbers of qualified smelters are as follows, mainly in Asia

Gold (Distribution region)

Tantalum (distribution region)

Tin (distribution region)

Tungsten (Distribution region)

Product Recycling

Zyxel is responsible to ensure that the product design considers waste reduction, recycling, and disposal based on repair, upgrade, reuse, and disassembly. Zyxel’s green product management approach is as follows:

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment

Zyxel complies with the WEEE and battery directives (including but not limited to the European Union) and marks separate collection for both on every product.

Packaging Recycling

In accordance with packaging directives, we provide relevant recycling information with packaging, user guides, and quick start guides. The marks, which are compliance with international standards and national regulations, are clearly visible.

Plastic Recycling

In compliance with the ISO 11469, if the plastic products are more than 25g and are marked, they shall be marked a some place on the surface with appropriate standard symbol(s) or abbreviated term(s) set between the punctuation marks "›" and "‹". Such as polycarbonate "›PC‹", acrylonitrile butadiene styrene "›ABS‹", high-density polyethylene "›HDPE‹" and etc.

In order to comply with relevant recycling regulation and ensure that waste electronic and electrical product are properly collected, recycled and processed, If you want to discard any product, Please find a recycling location nearby, do not throw it directly into the trash can (including equipment marked with a crossed wheeled trash can).

Climate Change

Zyxel is committed to taking responsibility for environmental improvement with adherence to international rules, requirements, and standards as a primary task and a basic corporate duty. Greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction is being reviewed and fully implemented at national, corporate, or organization level, and the BSI (British Standards Institution) is in collaboration with the UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Carbon Trust to draft PAS2050 – Specification for the assessment of the life cycle greenhouse gas emissions of goods and services, which takes more account of consumer goods and services. PAS 2050 defines and tries to reduce GHG emission within businesses and factories throughout the five stages of the production line based on ISO 14040/14044 standards.

The carbon emission calculation of our products covers each stage of a product's life cycle through raw material, manufacturing, transportation, use, and disposal. We have developed a complete procedure and relevant documentation for improving the investigation and management of carbon emissions that is highly practical and remarkably efficient. We aggressively control our environmental impact throughout the entire life cycle of products using systematic procedures and documentation in a "Hazardous substance free database,""Life cycle analysis report,""3R disassembly database," and "Energy efficiency evaluation.”

In 2010, Zyxel VDSL2 CPE successfully completed the carbon footprint verification and certification issued by the third party BSI. This caused Zyxel to become the first networking company to be awarded the PAS2050 Certification for VDSL2 CPE equipment, which was a milestone in networking product carbon footprint management guidance. During the same year, theTaiwan Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed and announced a carbon footprint label scheme, aimed at helping enterprise to fulfill global environmental supplier chain and join a new green business model. Zyxel wireless ADSL2+ Router was awarded the Taiwan EPA carbon footprint label and was the first network equipment company at the First Taiwan EPA Carbon Footprint Label awards ceremony.