Consumer electronics products assessed for environmental impact by WSP
11/20/2009

Eighteen leading consumer electrical products are under-going a thorough evidence based study from WSP to provide information about their life cycle impacts for a key research initiative from the UK Government funded WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) programme.

Online PR News – 20-November-2009 – – Eighteen leading consumer electrical products are under-going a thorough evidence based study from WSP to provide information about their life cycle impacts for a key research initiative from the UK Government funded WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) programme.

WRAP is a not-for-profit business, well established in the UK working with leading businesses to divert waste from landfill, reduce emissions and ultimately benefit business, consumers and local authorities. Issues around resource efficiency and minimisation of products and materials, packaging and collection at end-of-life are key areas of focus for WRAP. WSP Environment & Energy has worked with WRAP, delivering and advising on many of their initiatives.

This current project reflects the importance of making high volume, consumer brand electrical products as sustainable as possible. The study being conducted by WSP aims to help WRAP influence the future direction of the producer and consumer market and encourage further improvements in production, use and disposal of electrical products.

WSP is assessing a wide range of leading electrical products commonly in use in households across the UK - from a vacuum cleaner to an electric toothbrush, and a television to a hair-dryer. Where data is not readily available, WSP is using its own Eco-Fly online tool that enables designers to assess life cycle impacts and integrate eco-design into their products. On completion, WRAP intends to use outcomes of the study to inform manufacturers, retailers and consumers of environmental impacts, to help them to make more informed decisions.

For further information on WSP's work please contact Mark Newbold at: mark.newbold@wspgroup.com