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Environmental Stewardship

NEMA Environmental Stewardship Initiative

In 2006, NEMA announced a voluntary, industry-wide commitment known as the NEMA “Call to Action” through which NEMA members would reduce, and where possible eliminate the use of six toxic substances from electrical products.

These substances - lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls, and polybrominated diphenyl ethers–were targeted in the European Union’s Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive, which applied only to products placed on the market in EU member states. By this commitment, however, NEMA members were extending their compliance with the RoHS standard to all markets in which electro-industry products are sold. NEMA’s goal was to achieve wide-ranging compliance with this initiative, while granting exemptions in cases where meeting the thresholds is not yet technologically feasible.

As a result of the NEMA Call to Action, a broad range of electrical product sectors are now compliant with the substance thresholds globally and have thereby reduced or eliminated their use of mercury, lead, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, or brominated flame retardants, as applicable to the specific products. Industry sectors that reported success include energy-efficient lamps, electrical conduit, magnet wire, insulating materials, industrial automation controls, surge protective devices, electrical outlets and switch boxes, cable tray systems, and flexible electrical cords.

The Call to Action initiative also included a second phase of voluntary activity, with a target date of July 2014, wherein companies undertook additional product stewardship measures.  Various sections within the industry took steps in this phase that resulted in further evaluation and elimination of hazardous substances in electrical products.

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