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Environmental Grading Scheme up for award

CMP Batteries Ltd., part of Exide Technologies, has introduced a new product rating classification which has been designated as a finalist in the 'Environment' category of the 2008 Fork Lift Truck Association Awards. The scheme, designed to help companies assess and reduce their carbon footprint, is one of four finalists with the winner being announced at the Awards ceremony in February next year.

CMP Batteries' new grading scheme is the result of extensive, cutting-edge work by the company's product support and marketing teams. There is no current system in existence and the intention is that it offers the same transparency as the energy rating system adopted by manufacturers of electrical goods such as washing machines and refrigerators. This will allow customers to make an informed choice on the right energy solutions for their business, taking both the commercial and environmental impacts into consideration.

CMP's extensive range of batteries and chargers are now rated on two criteria: energy usage and recyclability. Each product is rated between one globe for the least efficient and seven globes for the most efficient – allowing the customer to make an informed decision. Energy rating is based on labour, carbon dioxide emissions and water consumption. Recyclability rating is based on life expectancy and the percentage of the product that is able to be recycled at the end of its life.

Elaine McLeod, Marketing Communications Manager of CMP Batteries comments, “We are delighted to be a finalist for this prestigious award. It is particularly rewarding for the teams which have worked hard on developing this transparent and innovative scheme – which we hope will be adopted by the industry. By voting for the scheme, the materials handling industry can help make this happen.

For further information on CMP's grading scheme, contact 01204 661460 and for details of how to vote, visit www.fork-truck.org.uk

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