NEMA Environmental Stewardship Initiative
NEMA is committed as an organization to reducing and, where possible, ultimately eliminating hazardous substances in electrical products. As far back as 2006, NEMA announced a voluntary, industry-wide commitment known as the NEMA “Call to Action” through which member companies would voluntarily adopt thresholds established under the European Union’s Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive for lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls, and polybrominated diphenyl ethers. NEMA’s intent was to achieve these thresholds in all products that could so without compromising the industry's rigorous safety and performance standards.
NEMA Carbon Footprint Initiative
The NEMA Carbon Footprint Initiative (CFI) was a 2011-2012 NEMA "Strategic Initiative" aimed at increasing NEMA members' understanding of and influence over the environmental impact of their products, specifically with regard to energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. The goal of the project was to leverage existing data and input from member firms to create an electro-industry-based method for mapping product characteristics to energy use and GHG emission potential. Under direction from NEMA staff, experts at the Materials Systems Laboratory (MSL) at MIT's Center for Technology, Policy & Industrial Development devised a model approach and then applied it in case studies on several NEMA products, which are described in appendices to the final project report (link provided below).
NEMA Section Position Statements
Steel Rigid Conduit
Imaging and Therapy Systems