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Standards & Compliance Briefing: RoHS Consultation, GBI Seeks Applicants, R2 Addresses Concerns

The RoHS 2014 Consultation No. 2, including a substance assessment of diisobutylphthalat (DIBP) and review of quantitative information for substances on a shortlist, is now closed, and contributions are posted on the consultation website. The 2013 consultation No. 2, concerning Exemption Request 2013-6, is due to close on April 11. A new … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Sustainable Beef, IgCC Changes, Prop. 65 Reforms

The Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef has released its draft Principles and Criteria for Global Sustainable Beef for public comment, through May 16. The draft was developed by GRSB members, including producers and producer associations, the processing sector, retail companies, civil society organizations, and regional roundtables. California’s Office of Environmental Health … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Chrysler’s ISO 50001, GM’s LEED, Prop. 65

Chrysler Group’s Brampton Assembly Plant has achieved the ISO 50001 energy management standard with certification by TÜV, Plant reports. Investments in automated heating and ventilation management are projected to save about $2 million a year in electricity and natural gas costs, and lighting control projects are projected to save $110,000 a year. … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: REACH Dossiers, LG ‘Most Efficient’ Models, EV Charging

The European Chemicals Agency has released a new version of the Dossier Quality Assistant to help registrants find potential inconsistencies in their datasets and dossiers before submitting REACH registrations. The DQA has been updated with further checks on topics such as substance identification, use description and the link between composition and … Read more »

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Universal Notebook Charger: Secret Weapon in Slashing E-Waste?

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has published the first technical specification for a universal charger for notebook computers and laptops that the international standards organization says will “significantly reduce” e-waste. IEC Technical Specification 62700: DC Power supply for notebook computer, will be available in early 2014. Each year billions of … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Laptop Chargers, Nanoparticle Measurements, LEED Certifications

The IEC has published specifications for a single external charger that could theoretically be used to power a wide range of laptops, following on from earlier work by the organization on standardized phone chargers. Technical Specification 62700: “DC power supply for notebook computer”  should deliver a significant reduction of electronic waste … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Building Commissioning, Laptop Chargers, Phthalate Listed

ASHRAE is requesting public input on ASHRAE Guideline 0.2P, The Commissioning Process for Existing Systems and Assemblies, which describes the procedures, methods, documentation, requirements and physical activities of the commissioning process for existing buildings using the principlesof ASHRAE Guideline 0-2005, The Commissioning Process. The proposed guideline is open for public comment until Jan. 20, … Read more »