The International Civil Aviation Organization’s Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection reached the second milestone in the development of a carbon dioxide standard for new aircraft, by agreeing recommendations on certification procedures. These recommendations will be forwarded to the Council of ICAO for review and action during its sessions this spring. Airlines for America, the industry trade organization for US airlines, praised the development in a statement.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is reviewing recent revisions to the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals for possible inclusion in the US standard for hazard communication. A UN subcommittee updated its chemical labeling manual, known as the “Purple Book,” at its biennium meeting in December 2012, and OSHA will determine if the UN amendment represents a significant change to the standard last updated March 2012, Bloomberg reports.
ANSI is currently developing a standard datasheet for white LEDs used for general illumination, which is expected to help the solid-state lighting industry overcome obstacles to broader deployment. The proposed ANSI LED datasheet standard seeks to create a uniform paradigm for the information communicated between LED manufacturers and the rest of the industry to ensure that fair and consistent comparisons can be made by LED users, LEDs Magazine said.
Matthews Coach Hire based in Ireland has become the first passenger transport company in Britain and Ireland, and the second in the world, to achieve ISO 50001 energy management systems certification. Authentic Solutions consulted with the transportation company over its five-year energy saving campaign, which has resulted in a CO2 reduction of 20 percent, Irish Trucker writes.
The Clipper Group has received ISO 50001 certification for its vessels, making it among the first shipping companies in the world to meet the standard. The certification covers both Clipper Fleet Management as a company and those vessels which are in technical management by Clipper Fleet Management – currently around 30 multi-purpose and bulk vessels. Lloyd’s Register conducted the audit, Clipper Group said.
The Cleveland Clinic’s Marymount Hospital Surgery Expansion has earned LEED Gold certification for new construction. The three-story, 45,000-square-foot addition was designed for water efficiency, energy savings, and improved air quality, and it is the 13th LEED-certified building or project within the Cleveland Clinic’s health system, the hospital said.
1901 South Charles apartments in Baltimore, managed by the WPM Real Estate Group, haa earned the LEED Silver certification for design. Features of the 193-unit building include a high efficiency heating and cooling system, Energy Star-rated appliances and lighting, and high-efficiency water heating, the company said.