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VACUUMS & SWEEPERS


Cap A Load Of This


The recent EU legislation capping wattage on vacuum cleaners has certainly caused a stir in the industry. We speak to Andrew Ernill, Head of Media at Numatic International, for his views on the subject.


Back at the start of September, the EU introduced a new law that banned vacuum cleaners rated above 1,600 watts, as part of the European Commission’s plans to meet targets on energy efficiency. This will then reduce further to just 900 watts by 2017.


The legislation led to a call by some consumer groups for customers eager to get a more powerful cleaner to grab one while they can, before those models that operated above the limit sold out.


But Andrew Ernill, Head of Media at Numatic, believes the issue of energy consumption is an important area that the cleaning industry needs to


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address, particularly considering the growing population.


He said: “Population is ever growing and so too is consumption of energy. Of course an ever growing population presents a challenge to the cleaning industry in terms of requiring greater efficiency and raising of cleaning standards, but also the electricity needed to power commercial cleaning equipment.


“The future shortage of energy is now a very real problem that will affect all of us in our everyday lives. The European Union has been responding to this for many years. We are all familiar with energy ratings


and labeling when purchasing many items including a new fridge freezer, washing machine, light bulbs and tyres for the car.


“The reach of Ecodesign to the cleaning industry has been an inevitable arrival and perhaps surprising that it wasn’t implemented earlier considering EU energy labelling first appeared in 1995.”


What this regulation means will depend on what machines are affected. The published legislation states: “This regulation establishes Ecodesign requirements for the placing on the market of electric mains-operated vacuum cleaners,


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