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Standards & Compliance Briefing: Maersk, CARB, San Francisco Green Labels

Maersk Line, Limited has become the first shipping company to receive global certification from the American Bureau of Shipping for energy management according to the Guide for Marine Health, Safety, Quality, Environmental and Energy (HSQEEn) Management. ABS requirements for energy management are based on the ISO 50001 international standard, Maritime Executive said.

Boshart Engineering has achieved verification from the California Air Resources Board of the BE Econix Diesel Particulate Filter active metal system – the industry’s first safety device for a DPF. With the verification Boshart can immediately market and install systems with its safety device to support California fleet regulations and air quality improvement efforts. Initially approved for truck fleets that do not pass temperature cycle requirements, the BE Econix DPF active metal system has a patented safety device that can be retrofit onto a range of existing heavy-duty diesel trucks that need an active or passive filter solution, CARB said.

The San Francisco Assessor-Recorder’s Office and Department of Environment announce the Green Labels program, which adds sustainable building practices into the official land records maintained by the city and county. There are more than 1,000 properties and 250 buildings in San Francisco that have earned a Green Label covering more than 60 million square feet of commercial space, the San Francisco Business Times said.

ET Solar Group Corp. has earned carbon footprint verification for its PV modules from TUV SUD Asia Pacific. The verification involves an assessment of the greenhouse gas emission values over the life cycle of goods or services. The company’s solar modules are in full compliance with PAS2050, and with audits of raw material processing, finished product manufacturing, transportation, and waste treatment phases, ET Solar said.

Newport Corporation has expanded its capabilities that include solar wafer testing and calibration. Newport’s Technology and Applications Center’s Photovoltaic Lab is accredited by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025. The TAC-PV lab can certify the dimensional and performance parameters of photovoltaic cells, including solar reference cells, small area research cells, irradiance sensors and solar wafers, Photonics Online said.

The Carillon Office Tower in Charlotte, N.C., has earned LEED Gold for Existing Buildings OM certification. The 470,726-square-foot office saves an estimated 66 cents per square foot in energy costs in comparison with a standard office building. Its recycling program also diverts 84 percent of waste from local landfills. The Carillon property is also a participant in the Envision: Charlotte project, an energy efficiency initiative for buildings in uptown Charlotte, the Charlotte Business Journal said.

Milestone AV Technologies’ renovated global headquarters and design center in Eden Prairie, Minn., has earned LEED Silver certification. The facility realized a 30 percent reduction in water usage with the implementation of low-flow fixtures, and a 5 percent reduction in energy consumption from lighting fixtures, the company said.

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