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Standards & Compliance Briefing: Transatlantic Organic, Lighting Troffers, Sustainable Laundry Standard

Food products classified as organic in the European Union or the United States can be sold as such in either region. The agreement, which seeks to boost trade in the organic food industry, valued at more than $50 billion, will come into effect in June 2012, AFP reports.

The Energy Department announced new voluntary energy-saving specifications for lighting troffers as well as parking lot and parking structure lighting. The new spec provides minimum performance levels for LED and fluorescent troffers and delivers energy savings of between 15 percent and 45 percent compared with conventional systems.

Clean Diesel Technologies’ ECS Purifilter brand emission reduction product has been verified by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to now include control devices aimed at heavy duty on-road vehicle engines up to 16.0 liters and 625 horsepower. CARB has classified the Company’s ECS Purifilter line of products as “Level 3 Plus” devices, the company said.

ASTM announces the development of WK35985, Practice for Sustainable Laundry Best Management Practices, and requests input from interested parties. Areas to be covered in the proposed standard include: Water reuse technology, boiler heat recovery, wastewater heat recovery, low temperature detergents and nonylphenol ethoxylate-free detergents.

Boston-based software company Energy Points has raised $3 million in funding to develop a simplified process for sustainability accounting with a universal metric for measuring sustainability across all resources, including electricity, writes Fierce Energ. The company is launching a software-service platform allowing businesses to measure their energy sustainability using a single metric: gallons of gas, writes BostInno.com

Mity-Lite, a manufacturer of lightweight meeting and event furniture announced that its tables and chairs carry Greenguard Environmental Institute’s Indoor Air Quality Certification and Children & Schools Certification. The certifications mean that Mity-Lite tables and chairs meet chemical emissions standards and do not contribute to indoor air pollution, the company said.

Cambridge Investment Research has earned LEED Silver certification for its commercial building in Fairfield, Iowa, and it is the first LEED-certified commercial space in the city. The certification was based on design and construction features including a geothermal HVAC system, use of natural lighting, low water consumption fixtures and reflective surfaces on the building and parking lot, the company said.

The Union Pacific Center in Omaha, Neb., has received LEED Silver certification for existing buildings, as well the headquarters earned a 76 Energy Star rating, the company said. The certification comes after Union Pacific completed energy performance projects to reduce energy consumption by 3 percent, recycled 81 percent of all construction waste, and purchased 88 percent of office furnishings for the 19-story, 1.3 million-square-foot building that meet LEED sustainability requirements.

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