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Eaton to play key role in UPS assessment for EC’s Green Products initiative

April 2014 News

Power management company Eaton has announced it is participating in the pilot phase of the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) assessment for uninterruptible power supplies under the European Commission’s new ‘Single Market for Green Products’ initiative. The PEF is one of two approaches proposed under the initiative for establishing EU-wide measures of environmental performance for both products and organisations. Eaton is one of a consortium of volunteer stakeholders involved in the three-year testing period of the PEF for UPSs and will help to determine and test EU-wide product environmental footprint category rules, compliance and verification systems and communication methods.

Today, companies wanting to highlight the environmental performance of their products across more than one EU member state face numerous obstacles. They have to choose from a wide range of methods and initiatives promoted by local governments and private initiatives, which can vary from country to country, and can subsequently find themselves paying multiple costs for providing environmental information. They can also face mistrust from consumers who are confused by the different information that makes products difficult to compare.

Cyrille Brisson
Cyrille Brisson

Cyrille Brisson, vice president of Eaton’s EMEA power quality division, comments: “According to a recent Eurobarometer report, only 6% of EU citizens trust producers’ claims about their products’ environmental performance completely. Considering that the global market for low carbon environmental goods and services was estimated at €4,2 trillion in 2012, with EU companies’ market share at 21%, the proposals being tested have huge potential for helping to ensure a sustainable economy by offering transparency and clarity. At Eaton we are really pleased to see the UPS industry recognised and selected for this project and our involvement in the testing stages will be an important feature of our on-going commitment to green initiatives and environmentally friendly products.”

For more information contact Eaton Electric, +27 (0)11 824 7400, infosouthafrica@eaton.com, www.eaton.com




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