Fujitsu Siemens Computers has announced the launch of an environment-friendly notebook that meets new EU requirements restricting the use of hazardous substances.
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The Professional Notebook AMILO Pro V2030 Edition complies with the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive, due to come into force in July next year – the first notebook to meet the requirements.
The RoHS standards, drawn up to protect the environment and human health, specify that electrical and electronic equipment shipped to or purchased in EU member states must not contain hazardous substances such as lead, mercury or cadmium.
A discussion paper from the department of trade and industry has suggested penalties of up to three months in prison and/or a fine of up to £5,000 for breach of the regulations, which apply to “producers” – anyone who manufactures, sells, resells, imports or exports electrical and electronic equipment.
Fujitsu Siemens already offers RoHS-compliant PCs, while products in its ESPRIMO Professional PC series will meet the standard by January 2006. The company said it was on track to make the rest of its professional notebook range compliant by the end of the year.
The AMILO Pro V2030 Edition notebook, designed for standard office applications, is available from £437.