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ISO Develops C14 Dating-Based Standard for Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Published on November 11, 2009

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is developing an air quality standard for the determination of the speciation of biogenic and fossil-derived carbon dioxide emissions from stationary sources. The standard, currently named ISO/NP 13833, includes radiocarbon or carbon 14 sampling and measurement. Read More

Hand Sanitizers Need Biobased Testing to Get an EcoLogo

Published on November 4, 2009

hand-sanitizer Canada's EcoLogo Program requires makers of hand sanitizers applying for its eco-label to comply with CCD-170, the program’s environmental standard for instant hand antiseptic products. Under the standard, instant hand antiseptic products must be at least 73% biobased excluding the packaging. Read More

Beta Opens Forwarding Facility in Beijing for ASTM D6866 Clients

Published on October 29, 2009

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ISO/IEC 17025:2005-accredited Beta Analytic, Inc., is ready to receive samples for ASTM D6866 testing in its facility in Beijing, China. ASTM D6866 is a standard method that determines the exact percentage of a solid, liquid, or gas that came from renewable sources by measuring the material’s carbon 14 content.

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Vinçotte Requires Carbon 14 Analysis for OK Biobased Certification

Published on October 16, 2009

Vinçotte Requires Carbon 14 Analysis for OK Biobased Certification Belgian inspection, testing, and certification body Vinçotte has launched the OK Biobased eco-label to help manufacturers of biobased products inform consumers that their goods are from biologically renewable sources. Products eligible for the OK biobased eco-label include those made, wholly or in part, from materials of natural origin. Applicants are required to submit carbon 14 analysis results of their products as proof of biobased content. Read More

EPA Says Use ASTM D6866 to Measure Biogenic CO2 in Emissions

Published on October 12, 2009

Measure Biogenic CO2 in Combustion Emissions   The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) final greenhouse gas mandatory reporting rule allows owners and operators of general stationary units combusting a mix of biomass-derived and fossil fuels to use ASTM D6866 in determining the exact percentage of biogenic CO2. The reporting rule applies to all companies with facilities that produce a minimum of 25,000 metric tons CO2e (CO2 equivalent) in combined emissions from all source categories identified by the EPA.     Read More

BMH Enviro’s Waste Crusher Produces RDF with 70% Biocarbon Content

Published on September 25, 2009

BMH Enviro’s Tyrannosaurus® heavy-duty crushers convert waste into refuse-derived fuel (RDF) that has 70% biogenic carbon according to CEN 15747, a method that can determine the renewable content of RDF. Using RDF with high biomass carbon content helps companies lower their greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories and obtain more carbon credits in cap-and-trade programs. Read More

What Makes the USDA BioPreferred Label Different from Other Ecolabels?

Published on September 11, 2009

Several Ecolabels are used in different parts of the world. The European Union has a simple yet artistic Flower Ecolabel, Germany has its own Blue Angel, and the Scandinavian countries have their Nordic Swan. Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, China, Hong Kong, and Japan also have their Ecolabeling systems in place. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is launching a labeling system of its own. While most ecolabels consider the impact of the product or service to the environment in every stage of the product's life - from raw materials to disposal, the USDA takes a different approach. The agency wants consumers, including U.S. federal agencies obligated to buy biobased products, to know the exact biobased content of the product's content or its container. Read More

USDA Requires ASTM D6866 Biobased Testing in Labeling Program

Published on August 3, 2009

ASTM D6866 Biobased Testing in Voluntary Labeling ProgramTo increase public awareness and promote the use of biobased products, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is establishing a voluntary labeling program. Under the proposed BioPreferredSM labeling rule, manufacturers and vendors who want to participate in the program may submit ASTM D6866 certification to prove the biobased content of their products. Read More

WCI Recommends ASTM D6866 Testing for Mixed Fuels Emissions

Published on July 17, 2009

ASTM D6866 testing for carbon dioxide emissionsThe Western Climate Initiative mandates that owners or operators of general stationary combustion units using mixed fuels and waste-derived fuels use ASTM D6866 to determine the biomass fraction of their carbon dioxide emissions. Mixed fuels are mixtures of biomass/biomass fuel and fossil fuel. Waste-derived fuels are those derived from wastes, excluding materials that are pure biomass. Examples of waste-derived fuels are waste oil, plastics, solvents, municipal solid waste, tires, dried sewage or impregnated saw dust (saw dust containing resins, preservatives, or other substances derived from fossil fuels). Read More

Beta Introduces ASTM D6866 to Global Fuels Conference Participants

Published on June 24, 2009

Beta Analytic representative Mauricio Larenas talked about ASTM D6866 and its application to the cement and lime industries during the 3rd Global Fuels Conference for Cement and Lime held in Toronto, Canada, on June 15-16, 2009. Read More