Businesses can soon buy 'green' commercial dishwashers; manufacturers urged to get products certified

Appliances that carry the Singapore Green Label have met robust and stringent standards for water efficiency, among other green criteria, the Singapore Environment Council and PUB said.
Appliances that carry the Singapore Green Label have met robust and stringent standards for water efficiency, among other green criteria, the Singapore Environment Council and PUB said.PHOTO: SINGAPORE ENVIRONMENT COUNCIL

SINGAPORE - Businesses will soon be able to buy certified commercial dishwashers and washer extractors that are water efficient, helping them to save up to 44 per cent of water.

National water agency PUB and the Singapore Environment Council (SEC) said in a joint statement on Monday (June 24) that two manufacturers - Electrolux SEA and EcoLab - have submitted applications to certify their products under the new Singapore Green Labelling Scheme for commercial water use appliances.

The scheme for commercial appliances, which was developed in April, is the PUB's latest initiative to drive efficient water usage in the non-domestic sector, the statement said.

The agency has partnered with the SEC to develop water-efficiency criteria for commercial water appliances, such as dishwashers and washer extractors, which are commonly used by businesses such as hotels, hospitals, eateries and self-service laundrettes.

The PUB and SEC said appliances that carry the Singapore Green Label have met robust and stringent standards for water efficiency, among other green criteria.

These appliances would help businesses to better manage their water management operations, they added.

With non-domestic water demand projected to increase from the current 55 per cent of Singapore's water demand to 70 per cent of our water use by 2060, it is important that businesses continually step up efforts to use water wisely, they said.

 
 
 

The scheme's assessment criteria was developed in accordance with the ISO 14024 standards and benchmarked against the United States' Energy Star certification standards.

Energy Star is a voluntary programme by the US Environmental Protection Agency that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect the climate through energy efficiency.

On top of water efficiency, appliances are also assessed on their energy efficiency, product performance, health and environmental guidelines, waste management and recyclability, life cycle considerations and labelling and packaging requirements.

The PUB and SEC said it will be working on the Singapore Green Labelling Scheme assessment criteria for commercial high pressure water jets, which are typically used by professional industrial cleaning companies and town council cleaners.

Details of this scheme are expected to be ready later this year.

To encourage businesses to use Green Label commercial water appliances, the PUB and SEC will reach out to the industry through events, such as the Singapore Green Hotel Award 2019 and the Water Efficiency Awards 2019.

Product manufacturers will also be encouraged to certify their water appliances under the scheme.

"This will not only set them apart on a local and international level by showing their commitment towards environmentally friendly and sustainable business practices, it is also a means to enhance their competitive advantage and build customer confidence in their appliances," the statement said.