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New EU-Commission has been approved and started to work

The European Parliament approved on 27 November 2019 the new European Commission headed by Ursula von der Leyen (461 to 157 vote of confidence, 89 abstained). Von der Leyen only needed a simple majority to secure confirmation as commission president. On 1 December, the new Commission started working. The new legislative period from 2019-2024 is already announced to bring perceptible changes into European Politics.

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Second stakeholder consultation meeting at DG Grow

The aim of the preparatory study is to analyse the hand dryers product group for the creation of EU sustainable product measures namely Ecodesign and Energy Labelling. The study will investigate the potential for the environmental improvement of hand dryers, including aspects relevant to the circular economy. During this process, there were forseen two stakeholder consultations. The first took place in January this year.

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Green Taxonomy

The European Commission is currently finalising a proposal – to be published by the end of 2019 – for a so-called „Green taxonomy“. Once developed, the taxonomy will be used by national and EU regulators to shape the requirements regarding financial products traded as “green”. Actors of financial markets will use the taxonomy to disclose how the environmental sustainability of investment was defined. To qualify as green, investments will need to contribute substantively to at least one of the six EU environmental objectives and will need to fulfill a catalogue of requirements.

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Global Handwashing Day

October 15th is Global Handwashing Day: This year’s theme is “Clean Hands for All.” It follows the push to leave no one behind in the Sustainable Development Agenda. Inequalities in handwashing facilities and effective handwashing promotion programs can put individuals at higher risk for diseases that impact their health, education, and economic outcomes (https://globalhandwashing.org).

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The European Green Deal

Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen promised to deliver a European Green Deal in her first 100 days, including a continent-wide “Climate Law” to enshrine the goal of climate neutrality by 2050 into law, in order to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. Her plan is not only quite ambitious and urgent at the same time, but it also has the potential to grow the EU’s economy in the long run. The hand dryer market will benefit from new investments in innovation and research as well as from an update of EU’s industrial policy.

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Everyone hates using dirty public toilets! That’s why we started our ‘Best Restroom Map’.

Find & share clean and sustainable public restrooms all over the world.

There are already many good examples of how public restrooms should look to please customers and providers at the same time.

Help us to motivate more providers to improve their toilets!

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Facts about electric Handdrying

Hygienic

Numerous independent studies prove that electric hand dryers are hygienic. The air the user breathes is the air that is used to dry his or her hands. Touchless operation, modern antibacterial materials and HEPA filter technology prevent the spread of germs and breathable dust. Several devices are even certificated for use in the food processing industry. In its study, the German federal environmental agency (UBA) declared that hand dryers are hygienically comparable to other hand drying systems, such as paper. The German federal agency for work safety and work medicine (BAuA) has authorized the use of hand dryers in public spaces without any restrictions. By choosing electrical hand dryers, you choose a modern, efficient, environmentally friendly and hygienic solution.

Environmentally friendly

Electric hand dryers are produced according to the best and most up-to-date ecological standards. Waste production – in comparison to paper or fabric towels – is zero. In addition, energy use is very low, and such are CO2 emissions. In 2014, for instance, the German federal environmental agency considered electric hand drying environmentally friendly.

Efficient

Modern electric hand dryers need less energy per use (starting at circa 150 uses/day). With regard to their whole life cycle, electric hand dryers have a positive energy balance. Only high quality materials that meet current scientific standards are used in assembling electric hand dryers.

Economical

During service, electric hand dryers reduce operating costs. Refilling and recycling paper is not necessary and rooms can be cleaned less frequently. The costs for electricity are far below costs for towels, cleaning, and waste disposal.

About us

Together we make electric Handdrying the leading system!

Companies supporting the new alliance »electric Handdryer Association – eHA« are representing an efficient and sustainable market. Modern products in the air-based handdrying business are characterized by being environmentally friendly, efficient, and economically attractive.

Life cycle analyses have demonstrated that energy efficient electric hand dryers use less energy and fewer natural resources to dry hands than paper towels. In addition, replacing paper towels with a hand dryer reduces solid waste going to landfills, which reduces disposal and maintenance costs.

Our industry has lots of potential. We need to focus on that while simultaneously challenging the critical arguments made by the paper world. As long as nobody reflects on the communicational input from the tissue industry, things can be described the wrong way without consequences.

Therefore this initiative has been founded. You are interested in participating or you want more information? Please subscribe to our newsletter or get in touch using the button below.

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Executive Members

The creation of the eHA was absolutely necessary because our industry of electric hand dryers has suffered from false theories and oriented studies of some people determined to stop the breakthrough of  jet air solutions. Continuing to use paper towels that consume many trees in unreasonable volumes is not really a good thing for our planet and is very far from the overall goal of preserving it. As a specialist in the development and production of electric hand dryers for 34 years, JVD is very proud to participate in the eHA association.

Thierry Launois, Managing Director

As a member of eHa, FFUUSS wants to contribute to the development and spread of what we believe is the future of washroom handdrying; hygienic, environmental and cost reasons, will, in time, have their say in our favour. Electric Handdryers, in all their forms, contribute to a greener planet, paper towels are the perfect metaphor of a throw-away and wasteful society.

Victor Guasch, Sales Manager EU

Starmix has joined eHA because our whole industry has to communicate that electric handdryers are a hygienic, ecological and sustainable alternative to paper and fabric towel. With an united effort we can create a wider acceptance and a growing market for all of us!

Johannes Behrens, ELECTROSTAR GmbH – Head of Sanitary Division

Excel Dryer is pleased to join with other reputable hand dryer manufacturers of the electric Handdryer Association to promote the benefits of electric hand dryers, including the advantages of being the most environmentally friendly, economical and hygienic way to dry one’s hands. Our association will speak with a single voice while providing objective scientific studies and other helpful information to the concerned public, specifiers and governments to affect better decision making and to regulate the industry.

Denis Gagnon, Jr.
Vice President – International

Hokwang joined the eHA to further deliver the value of electric hand dryer – an environmentally friendly, hygienic and economic way of drying hands. The current market is full of misleading information and faulty researches, we consider an association could unite all professional hand dryer manufacturers together to increase the awareness of sustainability to our market.

Lily Hsu, PA to President

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Albrechtstrasse 13
10117 Berlin – Germany

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