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UL Sustainability Standards News - Q1 2015


March 30, 2015


New Sustainability Standard (UL 7004) for Household Cooking Appliances Joins Series of Appliance Sustainability Standards

Appliances are found in every modern home, and can be a major factor in a home’s sustainability calculation. The kitchen, considered the heart of a home, houses the appliance that is so essential to caring for our families – the cooking range. Not only should these appliances prove that they are safe to use and demonstrate exemplary performance, they should also clearly show their sustainability attributes. Thanks to the newly-published Sustainability Standard for Household Cooking Appliances (AHAM 7004-15 / CSA 7004-15 / UL 7004), they can do just that.

This newly-published standard focuses exclusively on the environmental performance of cooking home appliances such as built-in cooktops, built-in ovens, and ranges and evaluates those appliances and takes a lifecycle to addressing a product's environmental impacts in five key areas: materials, manufacturing and operations, energy consumption during use, innovation and end-of-life management.

In the days immediately after its publication, several leading global manufacturers (including Whirlpool, Samsung and LG) announced the certification of a number of their products to the new standard, a measure of the relevance of this standard to the appliance market.

Developed jointly by the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), CSA Group, and UL Environment, UL 7004 is the fourth member of a broader family of standards, and represents a first step first step in a broader product sustainability initiative intended to drive innovation and continual improvement in the sustainability performance of home appliances. The overall goal of the 7000 series of Standards is to provide meaningful product sustainability information to consumers and stakeholders.

Other members of the 7000 series currently include AHAM 7001-2014/CSA R7001-14/UL 7001, the Sustainability Standard for Household Refrigeration Appliances, which was recently recognized as a National Standard by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Standards Council of Canada (SCC). , and standards for Household Portable and Floor Care Appliances (7002), and Household Clothes Washers (7003).

If you are a manufacturer who would like to learn more about the benefits of the UL 7000 series of sustainability standards certification, please contact Amy Thomas at 630-736-7500 or [email protected].


Giving Disposable Wipes a New Edge in Sustainability

UL 2883: New environmental standard for wipers published by UL Environment

UL Environment's goal is to help help end-users and professional purchasers identify sustainable wipers that reduce their impact on the environment and human health.  ECOLOGO® certification to UL 2883 will help manufacturers to differentiate themselves in a marketplace in which certifications are more and more impactful to purchase behavior and brand perception.

“The launch of the first-ever UL Standard for Disposable Wipers enhances our portfolio of standards for the janitorial / sanitation sector and allows us to offer more complete solutions to manufacturers,” said Lisa Meier, vice president and general manager at UL Environment. “This standard includes key criteria relating to environmental leadership in the manufacturing and end of life impacts of Disposable Wipers, including energy use, water pollution and resource use.”

The standard includes:

All disposable wipers, both woven and non-woven, made from either natural or synthetic materials and fibers, designed and used primarily for cleaning, dusting or sanitizing surfaces or tools; or for targeted absorbency tasks, including those used for industrial, institutional and health service, food service, household cleansing and technical applications (automotive, for example).

The standard excludes:

•  Reusable wipers and disposable wipers used for personal or skin care (baby wipes, facial cleansing wipes or wipes designed primarily to deliver a personal care or health product).

• Wipers designed for use in the care of animals or pets (pet dental wipes, pet eye wipes).

• Wipers made from 100 percent wood pulp, as these are covered under the UL 175 Sanitary Paper Standard.

To learn more about ECOLOGO Certification to UL 2883, or our other certifications for products in the janitorial / sanitation sector, please contact Michael Sawchuk via email at [email protected], or via phone at 613-751-3405.