GENEVA, Jan. 30 /CNW/ - A new International Standard from the
International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) will help designers of
audio-video and information technology equipment - such as laptops, mobile
phones and TVs - to make the best decisions on energy efficiency and reducing
environmental impact at the start of the design and development process.
The standard - IEC 62075 - makes designers consider the entire life cycle
of a product - from the materials and energy used in its manufacturing, to its
efficiency when switched on or in standby mode, through to the safe disposal
of the product at the end of its life.
Designers are told to consider the product's energy efficiency, the use
of various materials, such as different types of plastics, as well as the
product packaging. To increase energy efficiency, the standard helps to
explain the different operating modes and the relevant benefits/drawbacks to
The standard advises on the environmental regulations that are coming
into force, and provides links to numerous government environment agencies
around the world.
Commenting on the new standard, IEC General Secretary & Chief Executive
Officer, Ronnie Amit, said: "The IEC Standard helps designers consider all
aspects of a product's life cycle, from the cradle to grave. If we can get
designers to think holistically at the start of the product's life cycle, then
it's a win-win for the consumer, governments and industry alike."
IEC is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization comprising 145
countries that develops international standards for all electrical, electronic
and related technologies. IEC Standards cover a vast range of technologies
including power generation, home appliances and office equipment, solar and
marine energy and nanotechnologies.
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