As global energy demand continues to grow, manufacturers must work hard to maintain their sustainability responsibilities, while keeping up with technological advances and meeting the needs of consumers.
Energy conservation must be prioritized in product development and production to ensure the sustainable future of the industry. Having energy use front of mind in the planning process is critical, so appliances remain efficient throughout the product lifecycle, allowing users to reduce energy consumption.
There are several useful standards that manufacturers of electrical equipment can use to inform their operations. BS ISO 8887-1 provides general requirements around environmentally sensitive design, incorporating manufacturing, assembly, disassembly, and end-of-life processing (MADE).
BS 8887-2 outlines important MADE design definitions, covering terms introduced by the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive, and the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations, as well as other legislation
BS 50564 specifies methods by which to measure, test and report electrical power consumption for a range of household and office equipment. Used in conjunction with more specific product standards, it enables manufacturers to determine the energy efficiency of their goods.
The standard also considers energy use by different operating state - for example when the product is in ‘off’, ‘standby’, or ‘active’ mode. This is an important aspect of empowering consumers to decrease their energy consumption.
It’s vital to consider production and usage aspects from the initial development stage – and any changes to design should not compromise a product’s energy efficiency. Consistently delivering energy efficient goods also bolsters the reputation of the manufacturer among customers, suppliers and the general public.
Manufacturers can also use ISO 14001 to create a tailored environmental management system, which will inform all aspects of their facilities and operations. It actively demonstrates a commitment to environmental protection, through the production of high-quality, sustainable products.
In the modern context, this responsibility also includes the development of smart appliances, internet-connected products that are able to respond automatically to external signals and modulate their energy consumption as a result.
Finally, BSI offers Full Kitemark Certification, recognized globally as a mark of quality, safety and trust. BSI can test products to a variety of international energy-related standards or specifications, helping manufacturers gain access to many different markets around the world.
The link between manufacturing and sustainability is obvious, and BSI can help drive forward your efficiency needs. Read BSI’s optimizing efficiency report discussing priority topics every manufacturer should be considering.