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Standards & Compliance Briefing: FSC, IEEE 1680.3 TV Assessment, Oil Sands Crude

Tetra Pak announced that more than 20 billion of its Forest Stewardship Council-labeled packages have been sold globally in 2012. The label certifies that the paperboard used for the packaging material comes from responsibly managed forests and other controlled sources. Tetra Pak uses 75 percent of packaging material from renewable sources, and the used beverage cartons are fully recyclable, the company said.

IEEE has released the IEEE 1680.2-2012 Standard for the Environmental Assessment of Imaging Equipment and the IEEE 1680.3-2012 Standard for the Environmental Assessment of Televisions. Each standard requires products to meet the most recent Energy Star technical specifications; reduce the use of toxic and hazardous substances, brominated flame retardants, and PVC; and be designed for easy recycling, the group said.

ASTM International has determined that bitumen-derived crude oil – oil sands crude – is no more corrosive than other crudes in transmission pipelines. ASTM published its findings on the corrosivity of a variety crude oils, based on research conducted by several organizations including the laboratories of Natural Resources Canada, in its Guide G205. NRC said the guide is a step toward creating an industry-wide standard test to measure crude oil corrosivity, Oil & Gas Journal writes.

The offices of the Intuit India Product Development Center in Bangalore have earned LEED Platinum certification. Jones Lang LaSalle, West Asia consulted on the certification process of the 41,000-square-foot offices, the Hindu Business Line said.

Stamats has earned LEED Silver certification for its headquarters building in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The office was damaged by severe flooding in 2008 and the market research company rebuilt its 30,000 square foot facility to LEED standards, with features including low flow water fixtures that reduce water usage by 30 percent, and use of locally sourced building materials, Stamats said.

Acme Refining Scrap Iron & Metal Co., headquartered in Chicago, has earned ISO 14001 certification for its nonferrous metals and fleet maintenance departments with the creation of an environmental management system. Auditing firm Registrar PRG awarded the certification. Acme Refining said that it expects that the standard will be helpful in attaining contracts with government agencies and manufacturers that require the 14001 certification, Recycling Today reports.

Super Crop Safe Limited has successfully completed ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 audits conducted by ISOQAR. ISO consultants Global Manager Group worked with the agrochemicals manufacturer to implement the management systems, GMG said.

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