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Hilton Cuts Carbon 20.2% in Five Years

Hilton Cuts Carbon 20.2% in Five Years

Hilton has reduced its carbon output by 20.2 percent, energy use by 13.6 percent, waste by 26.8 percent and water use by 13.1 percent since 2009, according to its 2013-14 corporate sustainability report. Key achievements in the report include: Achieving ISO 50001 energy management system certification across its entire portfolio … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Kodak’s ISO 50001, ASHRAE Refrigeration Guide, LEED

Kodak‘s Osterode, Germany manufacturing plant has achieved the ISO 50001 energy management standard, with certification by UL DQS. Kodak recently announced that the plant would be expanding capacity to meet demand for Kodak Sonora Process Free Plates, which the company says are more sustainable because they completely remove the chemical processing step … 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 & Certification Briefing: Concrete PCR, Free Range, LEED

The Carbon Leadership Forum has published a new version of the Product Category Rules for concrete, the document used for developing Environmental Product Declarations for concrete. Version 1.1 updates the original PCR, published in November 2012, by increasing the number of environmental impacts that must be reported in EPDs, and … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: ASTM Venue, ISO 50001, Wastewater Pipes

The Metro Toronto Convention Centre says it is the first conference venue in Canada to be certified to the ASTM Venue Standard, awarded to venues that achieve highly sustainable meetings, trade shows and conferences. iCompli, a division of BPA Worldwide, certified the MTCC to Level One certification, International Meetings Review reports. … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: ASTM 1527, NSF Building Products, LEED

ASTM has issued revised standard ASTM E1527-13, which governs phase I environmental site assessments. As discussed in our recent EL Analysts issue, the EPA uses the ASTM standard to determine whether companies have met the “All Appropriate Inquiry” requirement under the Superfund law. The agency is expected to rule by … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: ISO 14001 and RoHS List Revisions, Wireless Automation

The ISO 14001 Working Group (TC 207/SC1 WG5) has released Committee Draft 2, the latest step in revising the environmental management standard. The draft now enters a three-month balloting period, according to LRQA deputy technical director Steve Williams, a member of the working group. WG5’s joint secretary, Mike Henigan, said the draft is … Read more »

Environmental Management Certifications on the Rise

Environmental Management Certifications on the Rise

ISO certifications in environmental management systems grew 9 percent to 285,844 in 2012 while energy management certifications grew 332 percent to 1,981, according to the annual ISO Survey of Certification. The survey, now its 20th year, charts the number of ISO certificates issued globally to management system standards in the … Read more »

Standards & Certification Briefing: Prop. 65, Wireless Power, ISO 50001

The Chanler Group reached a settlement with China’s Hangzhou GreatStar Tool Company, in the first example of California’s Proposition 65 being used for international prosecution, the law firm said. Plaintiff Peter Englander alleged that the company made and sold hand tools and stools containing di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP), through major stores including Lowe’s and Orchard … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Samsung’s ISO 50001, CSX’s LEED, WhiteWave

Samsung Electronics has received ISO 50001 energy management certification for all sites worldwide. The company’s Gumi, South Korea site was the first to receive certification, in July 2011. Samsung has cut GHG emissions 57 percent since 2008, and plans further reductions by minimizing energy waste. SCS Global Services has verified Fruit … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Grocery Stewardship, LEED, REDD+ Project

The Grocery Stewardship Certification (GSC) expanded beyond its pilot stage recently with the addition of four new stores in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. The GSC recognizes stores for reducing energy consumption, water use, food waste and other related measures. Cox Enterprises achieved LEED Gold certification for a 600,000 square foot … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Birds Eye, GMOs, LG’s LCA, Building Commissioning

NSF International will join the Non-GMO Project as a technical administrator in early 2014, offering retail grocers, food growers, manufacturers and restaurants another way to earn the Non-GMO label. The project’s verification process requires ongoing testing of major at-risk ingredients, an action threshold of 0.9 percent, traceability and segregation practices, and … Read more »