UL Environment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Underwriters Laboratories, is already getting the word out there about being an independent third party certification agency of green technology claims in products. It is now going deeper into this somewhat murky territory by announcing plans to begin certifying claims related to known energy efficiency standards.
This new certification program, according to UL Environment, will be called Energy Efficiency Certification (EEC). It will test consumer focused items, including appliances, heating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems, high tech equipment, and lighting products, against energy efficiency standards and regulations like Energy Star, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and California Energy Commission (CEC). Those products which are proven to meet these standards will get yet another shiny label to put on product packaging – UL Environment’s leaf encapsulating the familiar “UL” initials and including the words “Energy Verified” in black text.
“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 of ULE, in a statement. “This certification program lends credibility to manufacturers producing energy-efficient products and allows them to prove energy performance to their customers.”