Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Bottled Water-An Industry Update (continued)

 Energy Efficiency

Another important issue for HOD bottled water companies is water cooler energy efficiency standards.  In May, US EPA released the Final ENERGY STAR Version 2.0 Water Cooler Specifications that goes into effect on February 1, 2014.  Despite IBWA's efforts with US EPA during the past two years, the new specification includes a dramatic reduction in the standby energy consumption level for hot and cold bottled and POU water coolers, from the current 1.2 kwh/day, to 0.87 kwh/day, which is unacceptable to water cooler manufacturers and bottled water companies.  IBWA is now working with its members and allies to develop and implement strategies to seek relief from the onerous new requirement before it goes into effect.

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released the final revisions to its Green Guides in October 2012.  IBWA provided comments to the FTC before and after the release of the final revisions and formed an IBWA Green Guides Joint Subcommittee (comprised of members of the IBWA Government Relations and Environmental Sustainability Committees).  The joint subcommittee is nearing completion on a guidance document that will be delivered to IBWA members this summer.

Source: Water Condition and Purification September 2013