Ireland's Electrical Magazine 92 Aug-Sept


Record electrical waste recycled but targets must change – WEEE Ireland report

Deadline for new wiring regulations starts this month

Irish consumers recycled a record number of electrical items last year, but the country’s largest e-waste scheme has warned that its unsustainable targets need to change to reflect a more circular economy. Despite ever-rising public awareness and participation, targets do not count circular strategies already undertaken by businesses and consumers to prevent

The National Standards Authority of Ireland’s new National Rules for Electrical Installations kick in this August, and all electrical installations must be certified to the new standard in 28 months. The IS 10101:2020 addresses changes and updates in important areas in line with recent technical developments and best practices in Europe, including a greater emphasis on safety, new technologies such as electric cars and adaptation for IT connections, and guidance on energy efficiency. One of the main changes in domestic installations is that all lighting circuits now must be RCD protected. While it is a positive safety feature, it means extra cost, and they may also require a larger distribution board. Safe Electric have developed a series of short informative videos to help the industry learn more about the changes, and discuss enhanced cable specifications, surge protection, and insulation and resistance, among other issues. Watch them at

e-waste, including reuse and repair.

WEEE Ireland CEO, Leo Donovan.

WEEE Ireland CEO, Leo Donovan said: “As a nation, we are consuming more electrical goods than ever. The annual tonnage on the market rose by 50% in six years to 22kg a head last year, with 69 million units placed on the market in 2021.” WEEE Ireland is one of the best performing recycling

schemes in Europe, with a record 18.7 million waste electrical items collected in 2021, the organisation’s annual report has revealed. WEEE Ireland accounts for over two thirds of all national waste electrical and electronics collection activity on behalf of 1,296 producer members.

Ansell Lighting Launches £5k Community Campaign

Ansell Lighting has launched a new campaign to recognise and reward the work of amazing community projects across the UK and Northern Ireland. Whether it is a grassroots sports club that needs pitch-side lighting, a foodbank that needs better lighting, or a community village hall that needs smart lighting to suit everything from a toddler

group to a counselling session – the “Shine a Light” campaign is

open to all. The prize will include lighting consultation and design, products, and a contribution of up to £2,000 towards installation, in a total of £5,000 to improve the facilities. Mark Abbott, Managing

Director at Ansell Lighting, said: “In our 30th birthday year we wanted to give something back to communities. The last couple of years have been tough on everyone and community projects have done an amazing job in providing support, entertainment, and leisure activities to people who need it.” Nominations are open, and the winner will be announced in October. See more at https://shinealight.

Mark Abbott, Managing Director at Ansell Lighting.


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