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Standards & Compliance Briefing: Hilton ISO Certifications, Petroleum Standards, Gates LEED Honors

Kimberly-Clark Corp. announced on Monday that it has become the first national tissue maker certified as meeting the sustainable sourcing requirements of the Forest Stewardship Council.  The company said its Kleenex brand facial tissue and Scott Naturals brand products include fiber sourced from suppliers accredited by the council and will be labeled with the certification.

Hilton Worldwide and its 10 hotel brands have received ISO 9001 and 14001 certifications, the company announced.  The company said the certification at its 2,750 properties in 85 countries is one of the largest ever for a volume of commercial buildings.  DEKRA Certification, Inc., performed a series of audits and will continue ongoing assessments to monitor compliance.

ANSI has reaccredited the American Petroleum Institute’s standards program after a 2010 audit and several revisions to the procedures, the Oil and Gas Journal reported.  The institute’s voluntary standards on equipment and engineering practices date back to 1924.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s new campus in Seattle has received LEED Platinum certification, Sustainable Business Oregon reported.  The project, designed by NBBJ architecture, is across the street from the Space Needle.

Wells Fargo announced on Monday that it has received a 2011 Leadership Award from the U.S. Green Building Council.  Some “green” building highlights cited by the company include LEED guidelines in more than half of its retail banking stores and LEED pre-certification in all newly built stores.

CECED, a European organization that represents household appliance manufacturers in more than 20 countries, said that it is concerned that even after the second reading revisions to the WEEE directive, a substantial amount of waste will still escape regulation, Electronics Manufacture and Test reported.  The organization said it is concerned the directive does not cover non-producer operators that handle WEEE.

British kitchen appliance manufacturer Amica has established a free WEEE collection and disposal program, edie Waste reported.  Under the arrangement, the company said retailers will no longer be required to be paying members of the Distributors Take Back Service.

The RoHS Recast Directive 2011/65/EU will include new requirements on CE marking, Electronics Weekly reported.  A Declaration-of-Conformity will be required for products outlined in Annex 6 of the directive.

The ANSI Electric Vehicles Standards Panel announced that it will convene its second plenary meeting Nov. 17-18, in Arlington, Va., to work toward identifying standards and conformity assessment programs for electric vehicles and related infrastructure.

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