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In celebration of our customers’ success

 

Propelling new innovations

Our customers inspire us every day with products and services that will make positive impacts on people around the world. We advance their ideas with science-focused strategies and solutions that help access new markets, manage and mitigate risk, and enhance safety, security and sustainability.

 

 

Speeding the transition to renewables


Expanding solar energy in South America

Renewable power projects require significant investment of capital and time. By identifying potential risks in advance, projects can overcome regulatory challenges, enhance safety and come online quicker. We were selected by Global Power Generation, a subsidiary of Naturgy, to deliver the independent engineering report to support the financing of its Chile-based solar photovoltaic (PV) projects. This report will be used to support the business case for renewable power projects and manage risks proactively.

Verifying claim credibility

A report from the Economic Intelligence Unit commissioned by the World Wildlife Foundation finds that internet searches for sustainable goods grew by 71% between 2016 and 2021. But many consumers are wary of “greenwashing” and look for independent verification of green-label claims. Amazon’s Climate Pledge Friendly program highlights products that are certified by one or more trusted third-party sustainability certifications or their own Compact by Design certification, which helps preserve the natural world. Amazon’s Smart Thermostat earned ECOLOGO® Silver Certification from UL.

Green products for healthier breathing

Car seats contain hundreds of chemicals, including flame retardants, formaldehyde and phthalates, that may irritate small or sensitive lungs. Parents looking for a car seat with fewer chemicals and lower emission levels can now put Wonderland Group’s products on their shopping lists. This UL customer is the first car seat manufacturer in the Asia Pacific region to earn UL GREENGUARD Gold Certification, which was developed to support specific health sensitivities of children and other vulnerable populations.

Sustainable battery energy storage

Batteries have grown in power and application and are driving the expansion of the mobility market through e-bikes and hybrid and electric vehicles. But the market for recycling and repurposing of spent batteries has been slow to develop, creating significant waste concerns. UL signed a memorandum of understanding with Hyundai on second-life battery energy storage systems (SLBESS) with the goal to further SLBESS adoption by demonstrating safety and performance potential. Ultimately, this collaboration aims to combat climate change and carbon emissions through effective battery reuse.

Keeping the ocean blue

Forty percent of today’s global plastic waste ends up in the environment. With consumers increasingly considering the environmental impact of their purchases, demand for more sustainable materials is growing. SABIC, one of the world’s largest chemical manufacturing companies, is committed to growing the market for recycled, ocean-bound plastics. This customer achieved Environmental Claim Validation (ECV) for Recycled Content, a critical step in broadening the availability of validated, recycled plastic for manufacturers looking to improve the label claims of consumer end products.

Growing the capacity for wind power

The market for wind power is expanding rapidly. Precedence Research projects a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.4% through 2030, when the global market should reach nearly $175 billion (USD). To keep up with the demand, manufacturers such as Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy have developed advanced turbine designs for some of the world’s largest onshore turbines. By providing certification services for Siemens Gamesa, UL will help aid in the safer, reliable deployment of these turbines and advance renewable power capacity throughout Europe.

"We needed a trustworthy strategic supplier that could help us efficiently certify our latest turbine design. Our collaboration with UL will enable us to swiftly meet market-specific certification requirements."

  • Irene Alli Oños
  • Head of SG5X Certification, Siemens Gamesa

 

Managing complexity while empowering connectivity


 

Products awarded with UL's IoT Security Rating

 

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LG | smart refrigerator

 

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iSiCHECK | smart badge

 

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Avi-on Labs | lighting control platform

 

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Somfy | smart control product

 

Evolving payment frameworks

The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated consumer adoption of cashless payments. Retailers, financial institutions and developers are responding with innovative products and protocols to meet demand safely and securely. We stand ready to analyze these solutions across both established and evolving frameworks. In 2021, we secured approvals to facilitate testing to support secure digital payment technologies, including for customers seeking compatibility with the American Express Network and for consumer mobile devices seeking EMC Level 1.

Expanding entrepreneurial opportunities

Contactless payments can unlock earning potential for entrepreneurs in developing areas, such as sub-Saharan Africa. WIZZIT Digital, a South Africa-based digital payments firm, introduced Tap2Pay, a software point-of-sale (SoftPOS) solution with personal identification number support. Our advisory services included functional testing and evaluation services, as well as robust testing to security standards. This comprehensive approach helped WIZZIT Digital demonstrate adherence to applicable standards and empower entrepreneurs throughout the region.

 

UL Verified Healthy Building


 

A framework for measuring healthy indoor environments

The real estate industry faced a complex set of challenges in 2021: manage the ongoing public health needs during the pandemic; reconcile how changing work styles impact occupancy; and reassure occupants, staff and investors that buildings can provide a safe environment.  
 
The UL Verified Healthy Building Program is a comprehensive framework that provides evaluation against a set of metrics that impact human health and wellness: indoor air quality, water quality, building hygiene, lighting and acoustics. Customers that achieve a UL Verified Healthy Building Mark demonstrate their commitment to health and wellness — with the independent data to back it up.

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"Just as we select the best performers for our stages, we sought the top experts in the field of indoor air quality. UL is that expert."

  • Keith McTague
  • The Music Center
  • Director and Chief Engineer, Building Services

 

Select achievements in Verified Healthy Building milestones

 

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The Music Center | Los Angeles, California
UL Verified Healthy Building Mark for Indoor Air
 

 

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Fire Station | Cary, North Carolina
UL Verified Healthy Building Mark for Indoor Air

 

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LBA Realty | Multiple U.S. Locations
UL Verified Healthy Building Mark for Indoor Environment

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KBS | Multiple U.S. Locations
UL Verified Healthy Building Mark for Indoor Air
 

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FourFortyFour South Flower | Los Angeles, California
UL Verified Healthy Building Mark for Indoor Air and Water

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The Resort at Pelican Hill | Newport Beach, California
UL Verified Healthy Building Mark for Indoor Air and Hygiene

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