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Standards & Compliance Briefing: Volvo Meets 2014 Standards, Greener Fields Together, EPA WaterSense

Volvo Group trucks in the US, both Mack and Volvo branded, are now certified in accordance with 2014 fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas regulations by the EPA and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Mack Trucks’ full lineup of model year 2014 trucks and tractors, and Volvo Trucks’ entire Class 8 vehicle lineup are now fully compliant with the regulations, the company said.

ANSI has launched the Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative (EESCC), which will assess the energy efficiency landscape and carry out the development of a standardization roadmap and compendium. EESCC will work to identify gaps in existing standards, codes and conformance programs, as well as support the adoption and implementation of new standards, codes, and conformance activities that will advance energy efficiency. The EESCC will hold its inaugural plenary meeting January 22-23, ANSI said.

Greener Fields Together – a local produce initiative run by national distributor PRO*ACT – has partnered with SureHarvest, a leading provider of food sustainability technology, consulting and verification services. SureHarvest has developed a “5P’s of Sustainability” (Principles, Processes, Practices, Performance and Progress) framework to evaluate and verify national farm partners that are part of the Greener Fields Together program.

HydroPoint Data Systems announced that its WeatherTRAK Smart Water Manager Solution, including models of WeatherTRAK ET Pro2 and WeatherTRAK LC weather-based irrigation controllers, has met the EPA WaterSense water-efficiency and performance criteria. These products may now use the WaterSense label, the company said.

Dubai Airport Freezone (DAFZA) has successfully obtained the international standard for energy management, ISO 50001, for its daily operations in 12 buildings covering more than 700,000 square meters. Over the course of the year, DAFZA has taken a series of measures which resulted in the necessary savings on energy and waste, writes AME Info.

Consumer Electronic Exchange, a provider of electronic trade-in, recycling and asset recovery services, today announced that it has achieved Responsible Recycling (R2) certification. CExchange joins about 239 facilities globally that hold R2 certification. Every certified R2 recycler is third-party audited in more than 50 areas of operational and environmental performance. CExchange is also setting up its own eSafe & eSecure evaluation for its partner programs, the company said.

Solar module testing lab PV Evolution Labs said that several leading solar PV manufacturers have received the highest level of certification as PID-free under its new Potential Induced Degradation (PID) testing program. The qualified manufacturers are Yingli Solar, SolarWorld, JA Solar, Kyocera Solar, and Trina Solar. PVEL created the PID Certification program because it is now known that the electrical potential between the frame and cells of a PV module can cause accelerated performance degradation, the lab said.

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