PRODUCT REGULATORY COMPLIANCE
EXTENDED PRODUCER RESPONSIBILITIES
The EU WEEE Directive 2002/95/EC (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment), in force since 13-February 2003, was repealed and replaced by Directive 2012/19/EU on 4-July 2012 (WEEE Recast); their objective is prevent or reduce the adverse impacts of the generation and management of waste from electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) and to reduce the overall impacts of resource use and improve the efficiency of such use. Electrical and electronic equipment placed onto the EU market since 13-August 2005 is impacted by these Directives.
GE Energy (Ireland) Ltd is registered as a producer of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) in Ireland and maintains an approved waste management plan and submits the required annual Waste Management Reports. As per contractual agreements, customers are responsible for the proper end of life management of EEE. If you require assistance, please contact us at [email protected].
EU Battery Directive
As a producer of industrial batteries under the Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations 2009, we GE Renewable Energy, via GE Energy (UK) Ltd, produce Lead Acid and Lithium-Ion batteries. We are obliged to take back, free of charge, waste industrial batteries supplied to an end user for treatment and recycling for each calendar year we place new industrial batteries on the market. If any of our customers, or in certain cases other end users, require us to take back these batteries, please contact us at [email protected] We will agree the necessary arrangements for the return, proper treatment, and recycling of the waste industrial batteries.
PRODUCT CHEMICAL LEGISLATION
General Electric Company (GE) is committed to be a market leader in supplying products sold by its GE Renewable Energy business throughout the world. We have put in place strong programs to comply with regulations in all countries in which we do business. Our approach to REACH (Regulation 1907/2006 on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals adopted by the European Union in December 2006) is addressed in the same rigorous manner.
The vast majority of GE’s Renewable Energy products including accessories and packaging are considered “articles” under REACH that do not require registration.
GE’s Renewable Energy business monitors the ongoing amendments to Annex XVII of REACH. In many cases, Annex XVII restrictions are application specific. We have confirmed that our products are not being used in those restricted applications and currently in compliance with Annex XVII. We will continue to monitor new additions to Annex XVII and will update our compliance statement as appropriate.
Downstream User Notifications
We are regularly monitoring the continuing additions of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) to the Candidate List, which is the first step of the REACH authorization procedure. The latest candidate list pursuant to Article 59 of REACH has been published by ECHA at http://echa.europa.eu/web/guest/candidate-list-table
CONFLICT MINERALS LEGISLATION - USA
Virtually all of GE’s products contain one or more of the minerals tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold (3TG). The mining and trade of these materials from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and surrounding countries have gained international attention for the role that they can play as “conflict minerals,” financing deadly armed groups in the region. Because of this potential for association with conflict and human rights abuses, GE strives to ensure that our supply chains are ethical and sustainable, and that we are fulfilling our commitment to respect human rights through responsible sourcing practices. As part of these efforts, GE has instituted Responsible Mineral Sourcing Principles, and we submit a report annually to the Securities and Exchange Commission on our due diligence program.