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Standards & Compliance Briefing: R2/RIOS, CARB, Green Seal, Soil Carbon

 eRecyclingCorps, a provider of carrier-grade mobile device trade-in services, said that it has achieved Responsible Recycling (R2) and Recycling Industry Operating Standard (RIOS) certifications for its Irving, Texas, headquarters. R2/RIOS indicates that eRC is operating at the highest industry standards for quality refurbishment, consumer data protection, environmental responsibility and employee health and safety, the company said.

The California Air Resources Board has approved the 2014 Honda Plug-in Hybrid Accord as the first car for sale in the state that meets ARB’s LEV3/SULEV20 smog-emission standard. The model has lower greenhouse gas emissions than the fleet average standard required by all cars in 2025, the equivalent of a 50 percent reduction from current required levels. An executive order following a review of emissions and performance test results allows Honda to sell the newly certified cars in the state, Green Car Congress said.

The International Code Council and Underwriters Laboratories announced that they will jointly develop a new ANSI standard – Devices to Control and Operate Automatic Landscape Irrigation Systems – aimed to ensure the basic safety and function of landscape irrigation controllers. The new standard will support landscape irrigation provisions found in the 2012 International Green Construction Code (IgCC) with other codes, standards, rating systems and local legislation. Industry stakeholders and the public are invited to participate in the standard’s development, ICC said.

Cascades Tissue Group has achieved Green Seal Standard, GS-1 re-certification of Sanitary Paper Products for its entire line of Cascades and North River towel and tissue products. The standard sets the environmental, health, and social requirements for sanitary paper products and addresses environmental life-cycle issues including raw materials, manufacturing, packaging and product use and performance. With this certification, Cascades said it now offers 114 Green Seal-certified branded products, all made from 100 percent recycled fiber.

SCS Global Services has evaluated a new modular methodology developed by The Earth Partners for measuring the carbon sequestration ability of soil under the Verified Carbon Standard. The VM0021 Soil Carbon Quantification Methodology will allow land managers who sequester GHGs in grasslands, rangelands and farmlands to generate carbon credits for sale in the voluntary market. The Earth Partners is currently piloting this methodology with farmers across seven million acres of the Palouse River and Columbia Plateau regions in the Pacific Northwest, SCS said.

ASTM E903 Test Method for Solar Absorptance, Reflectance and Transmittance of Materials Using Integrating Spheres has been revised and reinstated under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee E44.20 on Glass for Solar Applications, part of ASTM International Committee E44 on Solar, Geothermal and Other Alternative Energy Sources. The solar energy standard covers the measurement of spectral absorptance, reflectance and transmittance of materials using spectrophotometers equipped with integrating spheres, ASTM said.

Materion Corporation’s Elmore, Ohio, facility has received ISO 14001 environmental management system certification following a third-party audit and an 18-month assessment process. The Ohio location is its eighth facility worldwide to meet the standard, the engineered metal products company said.

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