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    • The Group’s R&D teams rely on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to determine the best solutions. Using this method, the environmental impact of a product can be measured, from extracting the raw materials that compose the product to its end-of-life disposal, and including the processes of production, distribution and use. To help engineers in their design work, the EIME software (Environmental Information and Management Explorer) compares the impact of each option.

      • Nexans is working successfully to lighten cables for planes, ships and cars.
      • The Group is developing solutions that limit the amount of heat generated by equipment, which helps prevent energy loss.
      • The company is conducting in-depth research to guarantee that Nexans’ cables are resistant in tough environments: deep water, high pressure, extreme temperatures, corrosion, fire endurance, intense mechanical stress, etc.
      • Selecting less polluting materials for cable jackets and connectors, and identifying these materials makes it easier to process end-of-life cables.

    • Using a life-cycle assessment approach, the study generated data to help manufacturers, users, and suppliers of wire and cable incorporate environmental considerations into their decision-making processes. An LCA examines all of the steps involved in manufacturing, using, and disposing of a product or material, and estimates environmental impacts from each of the following stages:

      • Raw material extraction or acquisition and material processing
      • Product manufacture
      • Product use/maintenance
      • End-of-life disposition
Mar 15, 16

"Conventional induction furnaces have been in operation in nonferrous metal and related industries with poor energy efficiencies of only 50–60%. Moreover, the efficiency of atmosphere furnace, one of the various heating facilities for metal billets, is about 20%. For ensuring high energy efficiency in these heating furnaces fields, as one of the better counterplans, a novel dc induction heating method using HTS magnets has been suggested. To realize the HTS dc induction furnace (HIF) in the industrial field, the most important issue is to guarantee economic favor in comparison with two different types of conventional furnaces. In this paper, we performed an economic feasibility study of an HIF in terms of electricity fee minimization. Net present value, internal rate of return, and pay-back period methods were used to evaluate the investment returns of an HIF. All indicators related to direct benefits were calculated and analyzed for finding economic feasibility. The analysis results will be applied to decision making process for the commercialization of the HIF."

  • This initiative is foreseen in the Framework Strategy for a resilient Energy Union with a Forward-Looking Climate Change Policy (COM(2015)80) and is part of the Energy Union package.This legislative proposal concerns the effort of Member States to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to meet the Union's reduction commitment up to 2030 in sectors not covered by the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS). In its agreement on the 2030 Climate and Energy Framework on 23-24/10/2014, the European Council indicated that the non-ETS sectors such as buildings, transport and agriculture would deliver emissions reductions amounting to 30% by 2030 compared to 2005, and that all Member States would participate in this effort, balancing considerations of fairness and solidarity. This legislative proposal is linked with the proposal addressing greenhouse gas emissions from the LULUCF sector in the context of the 2030 EU climate and energy framework
  • The existing car and light commercial vehicle CO2 Regulations havebeen subject to a REFIT evaluation. Both Regulations establish a regulatory regime until around 2020 and, because of the long timeframe needed for industry planning, request the Commission to make new proposals for the period after this. Taken together these sectors account for around 15% of EU CO2 emissions and 17% of final energy consumption. Further action to reduce the emissions and energy consumption is in line with the Commission priorities set out in the Energy Union Communication
  • The Regulation aims at limiting the energy consumption of airheating products, cooling products and high temperature process chillers.The associated effect will be a decrease of CO2 emissions and life cycle cost of these devices for the consumers. Under Directive 2009/125/EC ecodesign requirements shall be set by the Commission for energy using products representing significant volumes of sales and trade, having significant environmental impact and presenting significant potential for improvement in terms of their environmental impact without entailing excessive costs. Promote energy efficiency hence contribute to security of supply in the framework of the Community objective of saving 20% of the EU's energy consumption by 2020

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Feb 24, 16

"A newly-launched publication – High Conductivity Copper for Electrical Engineering – describes the electrical and mechanical properties of high conductivity copper, and copper alloys, intended for use in electrical applications."

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