Epson Printers First to Receive Energy Saving Trust Recommendation for UK and Ireland
Most British and Irish consumers are used to seeing Energy Saving Recommended (ESR) labels on products such as fridges, washing machines and light bulbs, and will look for them when considering a purchase. Now, for the first time, the logo will be seen on Epson inkjet printers throughout the UK and Ireland.
The Energy Saving Recommended labelling scheme has established a new product endorsement category; imaging equipment. This category covers inkjet printers, inkjet multi-function devices (MFD) and photo printers.
The Energy Saving Recommended label considers three criteria; energy (Watts) used when the printer is on-ready to use, energy used in sleep mode and energy used when on standby. These criteria were developed by a working party and then reviewed by the Endorsement Panel, a body of independent environmental, policy, regulatory and enforcement experts.
Epson printers were assessed against these criteria using the test procedures specified by the European Energy Star specification. In addition to meeting the test criteria, Epson, and the printers, must comply with the requirements of the RoHS and WEEE directives, which deal with hazardous substances and the recycling.
Nick Harwood, Key Environmental Representative for Epson says “Epson has long made consideration of the environment and minimising environmental impact part of its business philosophy. For example, in product development, Epson considers environmental performance an essential part of ensuring a product’s quality, and aims to develop environmentally conscious products based on its policies of energy-saving design, lowering resource consumption, and the elimination of hazardous substances. The Energy Saving Recommended label is a very visible, and easily recognisable way of demonstrating this philosophy in practice to our consumers. ”
“We are impressed that the Energy Saving Recommended label scheme not only sets the standards for today but shows how these are expected to be improved upon in the coming years. This allows Epson to ensure that our product development in energy-saving is in line with or better than industry thinking.”
Frances Galvanoni, Partner Marketing Manager for the Energy Saving Trust, said “Epson Printers are the first inkjet printers to be accredited to the Energy Saving Recommended scheme. The Energy Saving Recommended logo is a widely recognised benchmark for excellence in energy conservation and highlights the most energy efficient products in the marketplace. We urge other manufacturers to follow Epson’s lead and get their products accredited in order to give consumers more energy efficient options.”
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