March 15, 2016
ChannelBiz reported on the announcement by EuroVAPrint, an association “grouping all major manufacturers of imaging equipment that operate in Europe”, which stated that its members have “slash[ed] energy consumption” in their machines “to please Europe”, and that their “self-regulation is said to have worked”. This includes boosting energy efficiency of products “by more than one third in Europe” between 2011 and 2014.
The self-regulation initiative, known as the voluntary agreement (VA), was endorsed by the European Commission, and has required the OEMs to “comply with a strict set of design and information requirements related to energy consumption, recyclability and optimised use of paper”. In addition, market coverage for the VA-compliant companies is now said to be “more than 99 percent”, according to EuroVAPrint.
Members of EuroVAPrint are bound by the signed agreement, with members including: Brother; Canon; Dell; Epson Europe; HP Inc; Konica Minolta; Kyocera Document Solutions; Lexmark; OKI; Panasonic; Ricoh; Samsung; Sharp; Toshiba; and Xerox.
An independent inspector “overseeing and reporting on” the VA reported in a recent energy efficiency report that energy consumption from inkjet products “had been reduced by 35.6 percent” between 2011 and 2014, while the “sales and energy consumption of non-compliant products” in the region in that same period “have been more than halved”.
Maxime Furkel of Lexmark, and President of EuroVAPrint, commented: “For the fourth year in a row, our industry is able to demonstrate not only impressive energy efficiency results but also how self-regulation can be a successful policy alternative for Europe. More than 97 percent of the printers our industry puts on the market are compliant to the standards we agreed.”
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