Plastics processing industry labels focus on energy efficiency

18th August 2014 - Fine Cut

The European plastics and rubber machinery industry is attempting to move in a more eco-friendly direction, with new standardised labels at the heart of a new strategy to achieve this aim.

Plastics News reports that Germany-based trade group Euromap, which is the technical body for the sector, has designed the labels to clearly display how energy efficient the devices are.

Each product will be given a class, based upon how much power it consumes and how accommodating they are to the environment - and it's hoped businesses will find this information useful when it comes to the decision-making process involved in purchasing new equipment.

The labels will be introduced across the industry from October 1st and display a triangle with the assigned energy efficiency class number, the manufacturer, the Euromap standard and used test cycle of the machine, if the recommendation enables more than one. 

It measures 148 mm in width and 210 mm in length, although it is expected the dimensions could change in the future.

In a statement, Euromap said: "The development of a common and neutral label will enable manufacturers to present the efficiency classes of their machines transparent and comparable for customers."

Currently, the standard label can be used on two different machine types - injection moulders and extrusion blow moulders. The scope of its use is expected to eventually widen, although at the moment they are only being applied to areas where Euromap has already specified an energy efficiency class recommendation.

However, it is likely that critics will question how effective the labels will be, given that their use across Europe will be voluntary, unlike other government-required labels that are often seen on domestic appliances like fridges and washing machines.

Recently, the European Union set out its latest energy efficiency goals, which have set a target of a 30 per cent reduction in power consumption across the bloc by 2030.

Posted by Simon Tourle

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