We at Bang & Olufsen strive to design environmentally friendly products. As we see it, consideration for environmentally friendly qualities is a must – aspects customers take for granted and expect to have been appropriately covered. Products are exhaustively mechanically tested before they are released for production, to ensure high-quality throughout their lifetime. They are tested to ensure they can withstand cold, heat, vibrations, sunlight, dust, etc.
In the unlikely event that a product has a fault during its lifetime, it can of course be repaired. We deliver spare parts in a considerable period after a product has ceased to be manufactured. We also have mechanical spare parts - for example front and back panels, if a unit becoming scratched or damaged. The high quality and long lifetime are environmentally positive assets for our products. Furthermore at Bang & Olufsen we include environmental thinking as early as possible in the design phase of our products. This is why we already have comprehensive environmental specifications laid down in the development phase. We call these environmental specifications Environmental Design Standards.
Environmental Design Standards include statutory and regulatory specifications as well as more stringent company specifications and regulations that cover areas where there are as yet no statutory regulations. There has been assigned a product environmental impact gatekeeper that is responsible that products comply with the Environmental Design Standards.
Every Bang & Olufsen product has its own product requirement database, which follows the product throughout the development phase wherein the Environmental design standards are specified. For each product there is a Project Manager and he or she must accept the specifications, and sign-off that the product will meet the specifications. The product simply cannot progress to the next development stage unless it has met the relevant environmental design standards. At the end of the development phase, the Product Environmental Impact gatekeeper must verify that the specifications laid down in the product database have been met – the product cannot be produced otherwise.
The implementation of environmental design standards ensures that our products meet international regulations in those markets where our products are sold. Furthermore we carry out tests that simulate the dismantling process at the disposal after 15–20 years of use to ensure that the product can actually be separated into the appropriate fractions. This process also generates suggestions for improvement in utilization of waste of products that we can apply to subsequent development projects. All this work is intended to help us achieve environmental improvements in relation to previous products by including live cycle considerations during the development of new products.
Product and battery takeback
Electrical and electronic equipment, parts and batteries marked with a crossed-out wheeled bin must not be disposed of with normal household wastage; all electrical and electronic equipment, parts and batteries must be collected and disposed of separately. When disposing of electrical and electronic equipment and batteries by use of the collection systems available in your country, you protect the environment, human health and contribute to the prudent and rational use of natural resources. Collecting electrical and electronic equipment, batteries and waste prevents the potential contamination of nature with the hazardous substances which may be present in electrical and electronic products and equipment. Your Bang & Olufsen retailer will advise you of the correct way of disposal in your country. If a product is too small to be marked with the symbol, it will appear in the User Guide, on the Guarantee certificate, or on the packaging. Please recycle waste batteries
Restriction of use of certain hazardous substances
The restriction of use of certain harardous substances are implemented worldwide. It bans the use of lead, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, mercury and the brominated flame retardents polybromobiphenyl (PBB) and Polybromodiphenylethers (PBDE) in electrical and electronic equipment. China has not adopted the restrictions equal to the rest of the world, so in China it is not at ban but a marking requirement and a requirement for information to customers. Management methods for controlling pollution caused by Electronic Information Products - China Your Bang & Olufsen product is marked with the following symbol – it means that the environmentally friendly use period is 20 years. The electronic information product is marked whether it contains hazardous substances or elements. If the product contains hazardous substances or elements, you are able to find more information in the product instruction booklet. Eco design requirements for televisions (642/2009/EC) Information about power consumption and peak luminance can be found in the technical specifications for the televisions. Televisions and other electronic products form Bang & Olufsen may contain lead only in certain parts or components where no technology alternatives exist in accordance with existing exemption clauses under the RoHS Directive. Televisions with CCFL backlight contain mercury which is in accordance with the existing exemption clauses under the RoHS Directive. BeoVision 7-40 mercury content: 70 mg BeoVision 6 mercury content: 28 mg BeoVision 8-32 mercury content: 43 mg