Electrical Components and Legislation

22 12 2010

Electrical components increasingly need to meet a number of European Union requirements for the environment. Find out more about them now.

The Energy-related Products Directive (ErP), launched in June as part of the European Union’s plans to reduce CO2 emissions by 20 percent by 2020, could have a significant impact on many electrical manufacturers

The ErP Directive comes into force in two stages – in 2013 and 2015 – with stringent requirements for fans and their efficiency in the power range of 125 watts to 500 kilowatts.

There will be minimum efficiency requirements, which could see as many as 30 percent of all currently available fans failing to satisfy the new regulations.

New Laws for Electrics

By 2015, when the second round of energy efficiency measures come into force, as many as 50 percent of the fans in operation today could no longer meet efficiency standards.

Energy efficiency limits have been put in place for both individual units or for fans in use within a particular device.

Another important law introduced by the European Union is the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) legislation. This is particularly important when it comes to cabling and has increased the use of halogen free cable because it is less toxic and environmentally friendly compared to more conventional cabling.

There are a number of manufacturers of halogen free cable that provide halogen free cable that meets EU legislation requirements, among them is global supplier 3M.

Challenger Components Ltd is one of the leading distributors in the UK of connectors, cooling solutions and static control products.

Visit: www.challengercomponents.com for more information and to discuss your requirements in more detail.

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