UL Environment, a business unit of UL (Underwriters Laboratories) has reached an agreement with Air Quality Sciences, Inc. (AQS) to acquire AQS and its certifying body, the GreenGuard Environmental Institute.
Environment, a business unit of UL (Underwriters Laboratories), an independent
product safety certification organization, has reached an agreement
with Air Quality Sciences, Inc. (AQS) to acquire AQS and its certifying body, the
GREENGUARD Environmental Institute. AQS and GREENGUARD provide the North American
with product emissions testing and third-party indoor air quality
AQS helps manufacturers identify the chemicals being emitted
from their products using state-of-the-art equipment and testing laboratories.
GREENGUARD Certification helps manufacturers communicate their sustainability
message to the marketplace by providing assurance that their products have been
independently evaluated for low chemical emissions.
“This acquisition combines AQS’s world-class technology and
expertise, as well as GREENGUARD’s brand recognition and scientific rigor, with
UL’s trusted history of standards development, testing, and compliance to
create a more comprehensive solution for testing and certification,” said Steve
Wenc, president of UL Environment. “Together, we’ll help consumers, regulators,
and other interested parties make informed product purchases by providing
clarity around indoor air quality claims.”
“By joining forces with such a recognized and reputable brand
as UL, we are confident that we will boost consumer confidence in the green
product marketplace,” said Dr. Marilyn Black, founder of the GREENGUARD
Environmental Institute and chairperson at AQS. “Additionally, this strategic
partnership will allow us to enhance our position as the North American indoor
air quality market leader and help us expand our reach into the global market.”
Combined, GREENGUARD and AQS leadership has more than 120
years of experience in chemistry, chemical and mechanical engineering,
microbiology, public health, and industrial hygiene. Both AQS and GREENGUARD
will help bring greater value to UL’s existing customers and extend UL’s reach
to a broader range of companies that seek to minimize their environmental impact.