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An ecolabel that delivers more than just compliance

As a global leader in their field, Schneider Electric has taken its role in reducing its carbon footprint and energy consumption very seriously. They aim to create connected technologies that will reshape industries, transform cities and enrich lives, helping their customers to make the same positive changes that they have implemented.

Schneider Electric has made such an impact with its sustainability journey that it has not gone unnoticed, especially with nearly 75% of its product sales coming from Green Premium products.

  • Corporate Knights have ranked them 9th most sustainable corporation in the world
  • Newsweek ranked them 25th greenest company in the world
  • Dow Jones Sustainability Indices named them an industry leader after being ranked first in its sector for the second year running
  • The Carbon Disclosure Project gave them a score of 99/100 in the Climate Disclosure Leadership Index
  • They became a member of the circular economy 100 program of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Their commitment to sustainability is reflected in the designs you see with their products and solutions. Schneider Electric aims to always act with transparency and accountability to enable environmentally friendly growth and efficient resource use.

  • Preserve finite resources
    By delivering efficiency in their products, they are able to help both themselves and their customers to use less energy and fewer resources
  • Counteract climate change
    Schneider Electric are consistently striving to help reduce the impact of global warming and keep it under a 2°C limit
  • Protect health
    The hazardous substances often found in IT equipment can be detrimental to people’s health. This is why Schneider aims to minimize the use of these substances as much as possible, often going beyond international and local regulations

The Green Premium Ecolabel

To meet the standards of the Green Premium ecolabel, Schneider Electric products have to meet a number of pre-defined regulations and conditions.

  • Superior transparency
    All Green Premium ecolabel products will come with reliable information on the environmental impact that the product has, their resource efficiency, and end-of-life instructions.
  • A guarantee of compliance
    Any product released needs to meet a number of predefined regulations set by a third party. With Schneider Electric products you can have peace of mind knowing that your product will always comply with these regulations, and sometimes even go beyond them
  • Easy assess to information
    Any product information or certificates you need are available on-demand digitally, 24/7.

Schneider Electric’s transparency framework

Schneider Electric’s unique framework helps their ecolabel to embody a range of environmental criteria, helping them to meet, and even exceed, international regulations and industry standards.

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Use of hazardous substances Envrionmental impact End-of-life management
Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Product Environmental Profile (PEP) available End-of-Life instructions (EoLI) available
Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals regulation (REACh)

The RoHS directive

Restriction of Hazardous Substances directive
The RoHS directive requires harmful chemical substances to be eliminated. These substances could include lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBB), and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants.
This is particularly important for circuit breakers and wiring devices that are found in homes and offices.

The REACh regulation

Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals regulation
Schneider complies with the strictest regulations when sourcing and using chemical substances that are potentially harmful to either human health or the environment.
In line with the regulation, Schneider Electric have developed plans for the replacement of chemical Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC).

Product Environmental Profile (PEP)

Comprehensive data on the environmental impact of SE products
Schneider provides detailed information on the raw materials used in their products, including their recyclability and their environmental impact at all stages of the product life cycle.
This is particularly useful for companies using Schneider products, enabling them to monitor, control, save energy, or reduce their carbon emissions.

End-of-Life Instructions (EoLi)

Information on the end of a products life cycle, recyclability, and bill of material
End-of-life instructions include complete guidance on how to responsibly dispose of Schneider Electric products. This also includes how to reuse parts of the equipment for other purposes to create a more circular economy.
Using end-of-life instructions, customers can help reduce environmental hazards and improve the efficiency of their operations.


How to check a products

Schneider have made an online tool to help make finding Green Premium products easier than ever!
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This is just a brief look at APC, if you require APC equipment for your business, you can check our Schneider Electric microsite for a wide range of APC products to suit your needs.

Other Schneider Electric products Available from Comms Express:

Server Racks & Accessories | NetBotz Security and Environmental Monitoring | Extended Warranty | Accessory Extended Warranty | Power Distribution Units | Uninterruptible Power Supply


If you require any further information on these or any other products that we stock here at Comms Express, please do not hesitate to contact our team who will be only too happy to help.

Until next time…