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Schneider Electric Selected as Leader in UPS Pilot Project

Teams up with CEMEP-GIMELEC, Eaton, Emerson, Legrand, PEPecopassport, SGS and Socomec

Schneider Electric has announced it has been appointed as leader of the UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) category in the pilot phase of the drafting process of a Product Environmental Footprint methodology led by the European Commission.

In the frame of the Single Market for Green Products initiative, the European Commission proposed two methods to assess product and organization environmental performance throughout the lifecycle, the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) and the Organisation Environmental Footprint (OEF). Schneider teamed up with CEMEP-GIMELEC, Eaton, Emerson, Legrand, PEPecopassport, SGS and Socomec.

The release said that 90 applications were received and 14 pilots appointed. Schneider Electric’s team was selected in the Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) category.
Christophe Garnier, Environmental Standardization and Alliances Manager, who is leading the project for Schneider Electric, said, “Schneider Electric is proud to have been appointed pilot of the UPS category alongside its partners, among which prominent UPS manufacturers, European trade associations and expert associations.”

The decision on the choice of pilot projects was made based on criteria such as the capacity of the proponents to involve a representative percentage of the market, the diversity of the sectors covered and the availability of already existing Product Category Rules (PCR) and good quality life cycle data.

Serge Théoleyre, Sustainable Offer Director, Schneider Electric, said, “This is recognition of Schneider Electric commitment to provide its customers with reliable environmental information thanks to its Green Premium eco-mark and of its decisive role in the development of the environmental declaration program PEPecopassport set by the electrical and HVAC industries.”

In this pilot phase, Schneider Electric and its partners will set up UPS group-specific rules (PEF Category Rules – PEFCRs), implement a product performance benchmarks, set up and validate proportionate, effective and efficient compliance and verification systems, propose business-to-business and business-to-consumer communication vehicles for Product Environmental Footprint information.

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