Extends commitment to reducing carbon footprint

Two new switching products achieve ISO/CD 14067-1:2010 compliance.

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By  Abdul Published  December 22, 2010

Maintaining its commitment to reducing the environmental impact of its products, D-Link Middle East & Africa today announced that it has become the first manufacturer of networking solutions to achieve compliance with a new international carbon footprint standard. D-Link’s 5-Port (DGS-1005D) and 8-Port (DGS-1008D) Desktop Switches are now certified compliant with ISO/CD 14067-1:20101 and PAS 2050:20082.

These two standards reinforce D-Link’s commitment to energy saving through lowering the carbon footprint of its products and services throughout their entire life cycle—from materials to manufacturing, distribution, use and disposal. In 2005, D-Link became the first corporation to introduce Green networking technology and has always been aware of the importance of making goods or services that are less carbon intensive.

“Since 2005, D-Link has manufactured energy-efficient products by utilizing Green practices and is now extending this initiative to develop products that deliver even better performance using less energy and materials,” said Harrison Albert, Regional Director at D-Link Middle East & Africa. “As a leading global networking corporation, we are constantly enhancing our R&D capabilities as well as our supply chain to help protect the planet while at the same time maximizing the benefits for our customers”, Harrison continued.

Built with D-Link GreenTM technology, the two desktop switches conserve energy by recognizing when a port is active or inactive, and automatically adjusting the power usage based on cable length to save energy without any loss of performance. Consequently, energy can be conserved for the benefit of both the user and the environment.

According to SGS*, for the period April 1 to July 31 2010, the life cycle greenhouse gas information of the DGS-1005D and DGS-1008D are verified by them to provide “a reasonable level of assurance, consistent with the agreed verification scope, objectives and criteria” for product carbon footprint in accordance with ISO/CD 14067-1:2010.

The D-Link GreenTM initiative is D-Link’s assurance to users of its continuing effort to ensure its consumer and business products adhere to worldwide environmental standards in all aspects of the product cycle. This includes reducing power consumption whenever possible, using recyclable materials for packaging, and recycling unused factory parts.

In showing support for continuing commitment to energy conservation, D-Link is working with suppliers that support Green practices to comply with ISO 14064-13 regulations. Its target is to have its suppliers verified for ISO 14064-1 by October 2011.

1. ISO 14067 is a standard in development, expected to be released in 2011/2012. The International Standards Organization (ISO) has published a draft standard aimed at measuring the carbon footprint for the lifecycle of products. The proposed standard, ISO 14067, will be used to calculate the greenhouse gas emissions from companies and their activities. ISO 14067 is expected to supersede the PSA 2050 specification developed in the UK by BSI for assessment of life cycle greenhouse gas emissions of goods and services. For more information, please visit: http://www.iso.org/iso/iso_catalogue/catalogue_tc/catalogue_detail.htm?csnumber=43278

2. PAS 2050 is the publicly available specification (PAS) prepared by British Standards Institution (BSI) to specify requirements for assessing the life cycle of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) of goods and services. Life cycle of GHG emissions are emissions released as part of the processes of creating, modifying, transporting, storing, using, providing, recycling or disposing of goods and services. Although there is no requirement for communication or standardization of communication techniques in this specification, this PAS supports GHG emissions of goods and services life cycle assessment for reporting and communicating to stakeholders, including consumers. The PAS 2050 is expected to be superseded by ISO 14067 once the standard is approved. For more information, please visit: http://shop.bsigroup.com/en/Browse-by-Sector/Energy--Utilities/PAS-2050/

3. ISO 14064 is a standard aimed at injecting credibility and assurance to Green House Gas (GHG) emissions reports and claims made in regard to reductions or removal of GHGs. The standard is not aligned with any particular scheme; rather it is independent and may be used by organizations participating in a number of trading, project or voluntary emissions reduction mechanisms. The standard may be applied to all GHG types and is not limited to CO2. For more information, please visit: http://www.iso.org/iso/catalogue_detail?csnumber=38381

About SGS:

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. Recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity, it has more than 59,000 employees and operates a network of more than 1,000 offices and laboratories around the world. Established in 1878, the company started by offering agricultural inspection services to grain traders in Europe. On July 19, 1919, the company adopted the name of Société Générale de Surveillance (today, known as SGS). In mid-20th century, it began to diversify and started offering inspection, testing and verification services across a variety of sectors. The current structure of SGS consists of 10 business segments operating across 10 geographical regions.

About D-Link:

D-Link is the global leader in connectivity for small, medium and large enterprise business networking. The company continues to strive towards excellence as an award-winning designer, developer and manufacturer of networking, broadband, digital electronics, voice and data communications solutions for the digital home, Small Office/Home Office (SOHO), Small to Medium Business (SMB), and Workgroup for Enterprise Environments. With millions of networking and connectivity products manufactured and shipped, D-Link is a dominant market participant and price/performance leader in the networking and communications market. D-Link ME Headquarters is located in Dubai, the UAE, Jebel Ali Free Zone South, P. O. Box 18224, Tel.: +971 4 880 9022, Fax: +971 4 880 9066. For general inquiries, contact: info.me@dlink-me.com or visit our website: http://www.dlink-me.com.

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