Thursday, 07 February 2013 09:50

Product impact disclosure through eco-mark

Website: Schneider Electric’s Green Premium exposes the environmental impact of its products.

As the world becomes more conscious of its environmental challenges and limitations in terms of energy-efficiency and carbon footprint, various initiatives are being put into action to overcome these challenges on a national and international scale.

Schneider Electric’s own eco-mark, Green Premium, expresses the organisation’s commitment to be transparent by disclosing extensive and reliable information on the environmental impacts of its products. Besides ensuring compliance with environmental legislations, this allows the company’s customers to develop their environmental policy efficiently.

Green Premium aims to provide environmental information for Schneider Electric’s products. With the eco-mark, the company aims to help customers to calculate their carbon footprint, anticipating and ensuring full regulation compliance concerning substances and chemicals, delivering all appropriate information to develop the eco-design of the solution and reducing the end-of-life cost of installation by optimising products’ recyclability.

Schneider Electric defines a Green Premium product as having an environmental declaration (PEP – product environmental profile),  an end-of-life instruction  (EoLI), the content of substances of concern as specified in the European REACH  regulation and the declaration that none of their products contain lead, chromium, cadmium, mercury, poly-brominated biphenyl (PBB) and poly-brominated diphenyl ether (PBDE).

A total of 64% of Schneider Electric products’ revenues are achieved with Green Premium products. Additionally, they are produced in an ISO 14001 compliant plant.

As an eco-mark with very specific criteria, all the environmental information is available online and assessed according to international standards.

In the electrical industry, measures are being taken within the scope of hazardous substances, energy-efficiency, recycling and waste. In this way, the national and international committees try to protect the environment by following the regulations that require eco-designed products, waste management and restrict the use of certain harmful substances and chemicals.

The increasing pressure of environmental legislation is becoming one of the biggest issues and assists markets to move towards more sustainable practices. Selling products that are eco-friendly and anticipating regulations is often a key differentiator in terms of the competitiveness in the market.

Schneider Electric
Tel: 011 254 6400
Website: www.schneider-electric.co.za