UK unveils new ecodesign measures for welding equipment

New ecodesign requirements for welding equipment, designed to reduce energy and carbon emissions, were introduced by legislation made by the UK Government.
Specific welding equipment ‘placed on the market’ will need to meet a range of ecodesign measures.
As a result, manufacturers, importers, or authorised representatives must ensure that welding equipment meets a range of measures including a minimum power source efficiency, maximum power consumption while in an idle state, resource efficiency requirements and product information.
The effect of this regulation is expected to result in energy savings of 100 GWh, corresponding to total savings of about 0.01 Mt C02 equivalent in the UK by 2050.
The Office for Product Safety and Standards is currently engaging with stakeholders and manufacturers to help understand their requirements to allow for compliance with the ecodesign regulations as set out in the ‘Ecodesign for Energy-Related Products and Energy Information Regulations 2021.’

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