ISO producing standard to make bioenergy sustainable
By Anthony Capkun
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) will develop an international standard to address sustainability issues linked to bioenergy, and will be produced by a new ISO project committee: ISO/PC 248, Sustainability criteria for bioenergy.
ISO/PC 248 will bring together “international expertise and
state-of-the-art best practice” to discuss the social, economic and
environmental aspects of the production, supply chain, and use of
bioenergy, and identify criteria that could prevent it from being
environmentally destructive or socially aggressive.
The decision to develop the standard responds to the growing
international interest in bioenergy, and the current lack of globally
harmonized sustainability criteria.
Some 29 countries are involved as participants or observers, and ISO
expects the standard will become a key tool in helping governments meet
their alternative fuel targets.
ISO/PC 248 will hold its first meeting in April 2010.
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