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Save the Date: New Standards Panel to Address Biofuels Standardization


New York, Apr 05, 2007

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has announced its intent to launch a new standards panel in the area of biofuels.

Produced from organic matter, biofuels represent an important viable alternative to fossil fuels and support the diversification of the global energy infrastructure. Current estimates indicate that biofuels have the potential to contribute up to thirty percent of the world’s energy mix. Seeking to improve climate protection, energy and economic security, stakeholders in the United States, the European Union, Brazil and other nations are taking steps to turn these renewable energy products into a commodity for trade. Standards bodies around the globe are joining in the effort.

As announced during the March 28 ANSI-NIST meeting on biofuels standardization, ANSI will convene the first meeting of the ANSI Biofuels Standards Panel (ANSI-BSP) on May 9, 2007, in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area (location to be determined). The panel will serve as the cross-sector coordinating body to accelerate and promote compatibility among existing standards and to identify areas where updated or new standards are needed to support the large-scale commoditization of biofuels.

The panel will engage the broadest possible participation of all affected parties to address the full spectrum of issues related to biodiesel and bioethanol standardization, including energy sources, processing, fuel efficiency and waste management. It is being organized so that it shall not be disproportionately dependent upon any single organization or stakeholder group.

ANSI is a private non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance U.S. global competitiveness and the American quality of life by promoting, facilitating, and safeguarding the integrity of the voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system. The Institute currently administers four standards panels in the areas of homeland security, nanotechnology, healthcare information technology, and identity theft prevention and identity management.

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