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Standards & Compliance Briefing: Carbon Trust Standard, CEMARS, Net Zero Energy Building, ISO 50001, LEED

Samsung Electronics has earned the Carbon Trust Standard certificate for its carbon-reductive management in eight different workplaces in Korea, the first firm in the country to receive the certificate, the Korean Herald writes. The Carbon Trust is currently launching its carbon standard in Korea with four companies in line to receive certification, Carbon Trust said.

New Zealand-based carboNZero Holdings announced that its Certified Emissions Measurement And Reduction Scheme, CEMARS, has been approved by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). The company now has one of 17 global standards for meeting CDP verification criteria, carboNZero said.

Two projects, both existing building retrofits, have earned Net Zero Energy Building certification from the International Living Future Institute. Painters Hall in Salem, Ore. and IDeAs Z2 Design Facility in San Jose, Calif., have been awarded the certification, just five months after the International Living Future Institute launched the new standard, the organization said.

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has announced its opposition to the DOE’s proposal to create a new regulatory standard for TV power consumption. The CEA says the industry already has its own voluntary consensus standard, ANSI/CEA-2037, which the association is in the process of revising.

Cell phone battery recycler Call2Recycle announced that it is the first program of its kind to receive the EPA’s R2 certification for responsible electronics recycling. Call2Recycle is funded by global product manufacturers to manage environmentally-sound recycling of rechargeable batteries and cell phones, the organization said.

Sandvik, a materials technology, mining and construction engineering group, has achieved certification to the ISO 50001 standard. Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance conducted the assessment and certification, Sandvik said.

Azovstal Iron & Steel Works is the first enterprise in Ukraine to announce its intentions to achieve ISO 50001 energy management system certification. The company entered a contract with TÜV SÜD Ukraine and expects to earn certificate in early 2013, Azovstal said.

Northrop Grumman announced that its Aerospace Systems sector has renewed ISO 14001 certification in eight location across the U.S. The facilities are located in San Diego, El Segundo and Palmdale, Calif.; Melbourne and St. Augustine, Fla.; Bethpage, N.Y.; Moss Point, Miss.; and New Town, N.D. In addition, the San Diego, Moss Point and New Town sites have received the OHSAS 18001 certification for workplace health and safety. Advanced Waste Management conducted both audits.

Plaza Construction’s new 35,000-square-foot Manhattan headquarters has been awarded LEED Gold certification. Plaza worked with New York-based MEP engineering and design consultants Cosentini Associates on the new offices, which feature locally sourced building materials, FSC-certified products, and bicycle storage space, Citybiz Real Estate said.

BJAC has announced that the North Carolina History Center at Tryon Palace, in New Bern, N.C., has achieved LEED Silver certification. The center features wetlands to filter storm water runoff, an underground cistern to capture rainwater for irrigation and replenishment of wetlands, and regional and recycled building materials. BJAC, with Quinn Evans Architects, led the design and construction of the center.

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