Standards & Compliance Briefing: EcoLogo for Printing, BASF Water Stewardship

by | May 14, 2013

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UL Environment has launched UL 2803, its revised EcoLogo third-party environmental standard for printing services. The revised standard combines two former EcoLogo standards – Lithographic Printing Services (CCD 041) and Digital Printing Services (CCD 141) – and includes new criteria aimed at reducing risk to human and environmental health. The standard includes strict requirements on volatile organic compounds, criteria on biodegradability and rules on recycled content in cardboard packaging, and states that certified services may not contain hazardous substances in concentrations proven to have carcinogenic, mutagenic, reproductive or developmental effects according to the European Union Directive 1272 (2008), UL Environment says. The organization will hold a free webinar on the new standard May 23.

BASF has become the first chemical company to achieve gold-level certification under the European Water Stewardship standard, for its production site in Tarragona, Spain, the company says. TÜV Nord Integra assessed the site’s entire water management performance, from water’s extraction at the source to its reintroduction in downstream water bodies. In total, 20 percent of all BASF sites, including Tarragona, are  in water-stressed areas, and the company wants to introduce EWS-compliant management at all its water-scarce sites by 2020.

The North Carolina House of Representatives approved HB 628, which is expected to prohibit the LEED certification system for public projects, the Charlotte Business Journal reports. The state senate will now consider the bill, which steelmaker Nucor Corp. has opposed.

Consumer Advocacy Group has filed a complaint under California’s Proposition 65 against manufacturers, distributors and retailers of iWave electronics and other products, law firm Shook Hardy & Bacon reports. The plaintiffs say products containing lead or diethyl hexyl phthalate (DEHP), without the required warnings, include the iWave Neptune 2.0 speaker system, iWave OHM + stereo headphone, iWave laptop combination lock, Mammoth Precision Tools 12V 300 PSI portable air compressor, and TKO jump ropes.

Yale University School of Medicine‘s 9,600 sq ft Laboratory for Comparative Medicine received LEED-Commercial Interiors Platinum, according to designers Tate Burns Architects. The project used regional brick, steel, wood, gypsum board and furniture, and Forest Stewardship Council-certified doors, millwork and laboratory casework.

UK-based materials development and testing company Ceram has achieved ISO 14001 environmental management system certification. The company said it achieved certification in only 15 months, and it will share its experience to help customers implement EMSs.

Printed circuit board maker Sprint Circuits received ISO 14001 certification following stage 2 assessment by the British Standards Institution, PCB 007 reports. The company says it went from implementing the EMS to achieving the standard in less than 12 months.

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