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July 9, 2013 | Vol. 13

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Reminder: Make Plans to Attend NEMA Recycling Summit

Recycling Summit ImageOn behalf of its members, NEMA supports appropriate end-of-life management of electrical products. The preferred option in most cases is recycling, particularly if the product contains potentially hazardous materials or provides an economic benefit once recovered.

Recycling is economically and operationally complex, but can also be a contentious political issue. Several NEMA sections that supply consumer oriented-products (e.g., lamps, batteries) have wrestled with recycling challenges for years.  Others have turned their attention to the issue more recently in response to regulatory, environmental, or financial considerations. Virtually all activity in NEMA devoted to recycling takes place in “silos,” but with little, if any, cross-sectional collaboration.

NEMA’s  upcoming recycling summit aims to address this lack of communication by bringing the industry’s collective experts into the same room to discuss whether and how sections can work together to find solutions. This one-day event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at NEMA’s new conference center located within its Rosslyn, Virginia headquarters. The agenda will include a review of existing NEMA recycling initiatives, a presentation by a leading waste management company, an outside guest who will discuss how another industry sector has addressed the issue, and ample time for open discussion.

Any NEMA member company with an interest in this topic is encouraged to send representatives to this summit, either individually or as part of a product section delegation. Those wishing to attend or to obtain additional information may contact
Mark Kohorst of NEMA Government Relations by email or phone at 703-841-3249.

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NEMA News

SGIP Concludes Its First Board of Directors Election
On July 7, 2013, Patrick Gannon, president and executive director of SGIP (formerly the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel), announced the results of the recent Board of Directors elections.

NEMA Announces the Release of Fire Alarm System, Emergency Communication, and Life Safety System Training Materials
NEMA's Signaling Protection and Communications Section—made up of fire and life safety industry experts—is excited to announce the release of a library of application guides and manuals on fire detection, emergency communication, and life safety.

Energy Storage Conference PartnershipEnergy Storage Conference Partnership
Energy Storage North America (ESNA), which
will be held September 10-12, 2013, in San Jose, California, is North America’s premier energy storage conference and expo. It will focus on applications, customers, and deal-making..
ESNA will connect utilities, developers, and energy users at all levels to strategize, learn about, and shape the market for energy storage
in North America

Industry News

Mobility Innovation Work (EV Charging) Earns ABB a Pioneer Award
The Green Parking Council (GPC) announced that it has awarded the 2013 Pioneer Award for Sustainability to Cal Lankton, Director of ABB’s EV Charging Infrastructure for ABB’s North American operations.

Global Intelligence

North American EBCIs Indicate Improving Conditions for the Eighth Consecutive Month in June
NEMA’s Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current conditions in North America rose in June, up from 55.9 in May to 56.7, and continued to show signs of improvement in the business environment by remaining above the 50-point mark for the eighth consecutive month.

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