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UL Environment Launches Energy Efficiency Certification Mark

February 04, 2010 by Jeff Shepard

UL Environment, Inc. (ULE), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and a global leader in environmental evaluation and certification, announced that it is launching the Energy Efficiency Certification (EEC) program for compliance with energy efficiency standards and regulations. Consumers will be able to look for the EEC Mark for verification that products have been tested and proven to meet government energy efficiency specifications. The Mark will appear on home products including appliances, heating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems, high tech equipment, and lighting products.

"Consumers want to be confident that the products they are purchasing are truly performing to the energy efficiency specifications they claim," said Steve Wenc, President, ULE. "This certification program lends credibility to manufacturers producing energy-efficient products and allows them to prove energy performance to their customers. UL has more than a century of public trust when it comes to product testing and certification, and we are pleased to be able to offer a new UL Mark that addresses the issue of credibility in energy efficiency performance."

The EEC Mark will appear on products and the packaging of products that are proven to meet energy efficiency requirements outlined by standards and regulations such as ENERGY STAR®, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and California Energy Commission (CEC). The mark incorporates UL Environment’s leaf encapsulating the familiar "UL" initials and includes the words "Energy Verified" in black text.

UL Environment publishes the results of products earning the mark on its Web site, giving consumers the option of cross-checking EEC Marks printed on products and determining that specific energy efficiency performance requirements have been met.

The EEC Mark will be rolled out in phases, with the long-term intent of using the Mark for many types of products. This is the latest service offering from ULE, which offers Environmental Claims Validation (ECV), a service testing and verifying individual self-declared environmental claims and Sustainable Products Certification (SPC), a service testing and certifying products to accepted industry standards for environmental sustainability.