The EVA adopts an energy label for vending machines
Sept. 30, 2008 – The EVA is pleased to announce
that, after two years of development, it has adopted an energy
consumption scheme for vending machines.
The EVA is pleased to announce that, after two years of development, it has adopted an energy consumption scheme for vending machines. Manufacturers will be able to label the energy consumption class of their equipment in a user-friendly and transparent way. This is a pro-active and voluntary step towards a more environmentally-friendly vending world.
“The vending industry is taking a number of positive initiatives towards the protection of the environment, individually and as a community. The new version of the EMP doesn’t just compare machines, but rather ranks them against competitors as more or less energy-efficient”, says Catherine Piana, the EVA Director General. “The Protocol will give a customer-friendly and transparent tool for the purpose of selecting the most energy-efficient machine. This, in turn, will foster eco-innovation and give a competitive advantage to the more eco-efficient manufacturers. The EVA is proud to represent an environmentally-aware industry that is not waiting for legislation to force eco-responsible behaviour, but rather, anticipates and takes brave steps forward.”
The Technical Committee, headed by Marco Baron, Market & Product Manager, from FAS, has been developing the protocol for the past two years. The end result is a sound piece of protocol, agreed upon by all industry stakeholders represented by the EVA. “As the Chairman of the Technical Committee I am very proud about the revised EVA-EMP protocol, which represents the hard work carried out in the last year and a half. The project to implement a Consumption Energy Scale arose after the participation of the EVA as Stakeholder of the EuP LOT12 Preliminary study, and also, after making some careful considerations on the Green paper about the European Strategy for Sustainable, Competitive and Secure Energy. Although the vending industry is a small industry, we want to demonstrate our sensitivity and pro-activity about Energy-related matters, as we did in the 1999 when the EVA-EMP Protocol was issued for the first time.”
The protocol, available upon request on www.vending-europe.eu, is divided into two main sections: the first is the protocol for measurement itself, covering all types of machines; the second creates energy classes for the vending machines, in the same way that this has been done for white goods.
Manufacturers will follow the procedure described in the document and will send their self-certifications to the EVA for the record.
Manufacturers are very positive about the protocol. “N&W Global Vending has always supported sustainable development,’’ says Walter Michelini, who took an active part in the development of the Protocol within the Technical Committee, “ in fact, since 2002 we use an LCA approach in designing and manufacturing our vending machines. We expect that this EVA EMP protocol will boost the vending industry to big improvements in energy consumption reduction".