The EPA has released an interim recommendation list of specification standards and ecolabels that are approved for use by federal purchasers. We are happy to share that UL Environment’s GREENGUARD and ECOLOGO standards, as well as other standards UL Environment certifies to such as BIFMA level, NSF 332, and EPEAT, are referenced for a variety of building materials, furniture, custodial products, and electronics.
The president’s recent Executive Order 13693 requires that 95% of all federal purchasing be environmentally preferable products and services that meet these standards. This is a huge step forward for sustainability and reinforces how UL certifications can help deliver market access and purchasing preference.
While the current guidelines are interim, they can be used immediately by federal purchasers to purchase products in accordance with the Executive Order. The complete list can be accessed on the EPA’s website:
The EPA’s guidelines recommend the following UL standards across several product categories:
- UL GREENGUARD Certification, UL 2818 for: Adhesives, Fiberboard, Gypsum Panels, Wallboard, Flooring, Furniture and Insulation
- UL ECOLOGO |UL 2782: Sustainability Standard for Adhesives
- UL ECOLOGO |UL 2759: Sustainability Standard for Hard Surface Cleaners
- UL ECOLOGO |UL 2777: Sustainability Standard for Hard Floor Care
- UL ECOLOGO |UL 2784: Sustainability Standard for Hand Cleaners
- UL ECOLOGO |UL 126: Standard for Sustainability for Plastic Film Products
UL can also certify to the following standards recognized in the guidelines:
- BIFMA level Certification for furniture (UL is an official certifier for level)
- NSF 332 for carpet
- EPEAT Registry for Computers, imaging equipment and televisions (UL is a provider of EPEAT registration)
The EPA will continue to work on establishing a program that identifies ecolabels that meet their requirements. Currently the EPA is in a pilot phase, and committees focusing on these product categories are developing a more formal process to recognize standards and certifications that are compliant with federal regulations. In the meantime, manufacturers and retailers can take advantage of this announcement by ensuring that their products have the recommended ecolabels, and if not, working with a certification body to have their products certified.