Schneider Electric’s Back-UPS and Smart-UPS models have become the first ever systems to earn the Energy Star qualification under the US federal programme’s new UPS category.
The Schneider UPS systems earned the Energy Star qualification in the UPS category after complying with the requirements of achieving operational efficiency in the top 25% of the market; pass the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star performance test procedure at 25, 50, 75 and 100% loads, and have the results of load tests including load losses and other characteristics published on the EPA’s website.
The Energy Star labelling will help customers reduce their carbon footprint and save money on energy costs by using products with the Energy Star mark.
The Energy Star programme aims to reduce pollutants caused by the inefficient use of energy and also to help customers to identify energy efficient products when shopping. The programme was set up by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Energy. Companies that have shown a commitment to making products that are energy conscious and will save customers money can potentially be included in the programme.
UPS systems and products are now included in the Energy Star marking scheme to improve energy efficiency in data centres and to help customers of the equipment make informed decisions about what they are buying. Having gained the Energy Star marking for these two new systems, Schneider Electric hopes to gain the same qualification for its other UPS products over the next year.
Laurent Vernerey, Executive Vice President of Schneider Electric’s IT Business said: “Schneider Electric has committed to lead in the industry in energy efficiency and environmental sustainability.” He added: “Customers rely on APC by Schneider Electric’s UPS to provide safe, dependable protection from downtime and hardware damage. Earning the Energy Star mark for our products solidifies our ability to operate at high efficiency without sacrificing reliability.”