UWLA announces new board members

The Unified Water Label Association (UWLA) made a number of changes to the board of directors at an open forum meeting, which was held on July 3 in Aveiro, Portugal.

Henk Gieskens, head of client partnerships at Lyrical Communications (InstallerSHOW) and Fiona Felix, lead public affairs at Hansgrohe Group were co-opted onto the Board of Directors, and Markus Gantenbein, head of materials laboratory at Geberit, takes over from Georg Taubert on his retirement.

Addressing attendees of the open forum, both in person and online, UWLA managing director Yvonne Orgill said, “Market transformation is happening and the UWLA is influencing at all levels. From grass roots level with young people in schools, through retailers, merchants and installers, to government bodies and associations.

“The board agreed that we will review the water efficiency grades for the scheme, to reflect the positive market transformation over the last few years. New improved grades will be available in 2025.”

UWLA president Carlos Velazquez added: “We have made great progress, industry is active, engaged and fully supportive. We are delighted that the transition to bring Anqip onto the Unified Water Label is now complete and warmly invite all members in Portugal to register their products.

“Next year will be an important year to build on the strong growth we have experienced so far. We have the products and the label, and we also have the solutions. Greater visibility in the marketplace will secure our success and leadership on water efficiency.”

Back in May, UWLA launched its manifesto to mark Water Saving Week 2024.

Pictured in featured image…

Front left-right: Carlos Velasquez, Yvonne Orgill, Carla Rodgriues.

Middle left-right: Henk Gieskens, Georg Taubert, Markus Gantenbein, Armando Afonso.

Back left-right: Timo Kopka, Paul Skinner.

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