ISO tackles sustainability standard

By | March 16, 2010
The International Organization for Standardization announced the formation of a new committee, Sustainability for Bioenergy, to formulate its international sustainability standard. ISO aims to use international expertise during discussions dealing with social, economic and environmental aspects of production and use of bioenergy. With 29 countries already involved as participants or observers, the project on bioenergy may take three years or until the end of 2012. Brazil and Germany will provide both secretariat and leadership duties for the project. The U.S. and China will serve as observers. According to Maria Lazarte, communication officer for ISO, the U.S. will, "follow the process" but will not participate in the vote. The ISO hopes the standard makes bioenergy more competitive.