Participation in UPS assessment for EC’s green products initiative

March 4th, 2014, Published in Articles: EngineerIT


Eaton is participating in the pilot phase of the product environmental footprint (PEF) assessment for uninterruptible power supplies (UPSs) 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, which began on 4 November 2013, and will help to determine and test EU-wide product environmental footprint category rules (PEFCRs), 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.

Contact Marlene Coetzee, Eaton, Tel 011 824-7400,

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