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ANSI Seeks Comments on Proposal for New ISO Field of Activity on Solid Biofuels

New York, Jul 11, 2007

The Swedish Standards Institute (SIS) has submitted a proposal to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for a new field of technical activity on the subject of solid biofuels.

According to the proposal, increased levels of carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere are boosting the demand for alternative renewable energy sources. Solid biofuels, SIS states, represent an attractive viable solution.

The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) began work on solid biofuels standards in 1998. However, ongoing efforts from countries outside of the EU, including Brazil and the United States, are increasing the need for the international coordination of solid biofuels standardization efforts.

The new field of activity would address solid biofuels within the scope of:

  • products from agriculture and forestry;
  • vegetable waste from agriculture and forestry, as well as the food processing industry;
  • wood waste (excluding material that may contain halogenated organic compounds or heavy metals);
  • fibrous vegetable waste from virgin pulp production, and some production of paper from pulp; and
  • cork waste.

According to the proposal, SIS is prepared to take responsibility as secretariat (or twinned secretariat) of an ISO technical committee on this subject. The committee would liaise with ISO TC 27 - Solid mineral fuels , CEN/TC 292 - Characterization of waste, and CEN TC 343 - Solid recovered fuels, which have undertaken similar work.

As the official U.S. member of the ISO, ANSI is seeking comments on the SIS proposal from all affected U.S. stakeholders. All input will be compiled, and the ANSI-Biofuels Standards Panel (ANSI-BSP) will be asked to develop a recommended position with possible comments that will be presented to the ANSI ISO Council (AIC) for approval.

Interested parties are invited to review the SIS proposal and submit comments to Steven Cornish, ANSI director of international policy (, by Friday, August 3, 2007.

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