Consulting services for sustainability and environmental performance
Manufacturers are experiencing the fastest change in regulations and trading requirements ever seen. Governments around the world are becoming increasingly aware that significant changes in our resource management, including reduction of the consumption of energy, water and natural resources, must happen this decade. Manufacturers that are able to rapidly change and attain a more sustainable production and resource use will be able to survive.
For manufacturers, it will be crucial to be informed, learning of changes in rules, regulations, requirements and standards well in advance.
As Nemko is a contributing member of many standardization committees, we have the information you need about upcoming changes, up to three years ahead of deadlines.
Our experts are working with companies of all sizes, in all regions, providing environmental and sustainability consulting services, so manufacturers can keep abreast of key developments, keeping costs down while they prepare for the upcoming changes while preventing delays in production.
Some leading electronics manufacturers now receive regularly scheduled updates from our experts to stay ahead.
Energy related products directive in the EU
The EU’s energy saving target for products, a 20% energy savings by 2020, was not only met, but surpassed. This gave legislators and governments in Europe evidence that putting environmental restrictions on products works.
The Energy related products directive (ErP) directive is part of CE-marking in Europe for the products covered. Nemko has tested for the ErP regulations since 2009 and we are documenting the environmental criteria for a large part of our customer base.
ErP services from Nemko:
- Testing for the related product
- Conformity assessment with the directive
- Consulting for legislation
- Eco-design verification
Products and features covered by ErP as of 2021:
- Vacuum cleaners
- Washing machines and dryers
- Air conditioners and fans
- Electronic displays and TV boxes
- Kitchen appliances
- Transformers and converters
- Computers and servers
- Imaging equipment
- Game consoles
- Electric motors
- Off mode, standby and networked standby
- Welding equipment
Some of these categories are so-called horizontal requirements, meaning the requirements in the regulation cover many product categories, e.g. the regulation for standby, which covers most products for household and office use.
This directive is the only one that covers the total life cycle, referred to as ‘from cradle to grave’. The various product regulations include requirements for several or all of the following product stages:
- Raw materials
- Limitation of hazardous substances
- Manufacturing/design stage
- Energy/noise and other criteria in use or maintenance
- Spare parts and repair
- Reuse/recycling/end-of-life treatment
Older regulations cover only some of the life stages while new or updated regulations will cover all. Higher material efficiency requirements will be implemented.
The workplan for new regulations typically comes out every five years. The workplan through 2024 is now in progress.
Contact Nemko to find out what this means for your product.