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1.1 This standard practice provides a science-based methodology for evaluating the relative sustainability of options involving energy or chemicals derived from biomass. Options may involve products, processes, or projects.
1.2 The methodology includes setting goals and objectives, identifying stakeholders, selecting appropriate indicators, and evaluating the relative sustainability of options where at least one option is available from biomass.
1.3 The objectives are to facilitate fair comparison of options, focus efforts on practical indicators reflecting stakeholder priorities, and support continual improvement for more sustainable outcomes.
1.4 The purpose of this standard practice is not to declare something as sustainable or not sustainable but to help users assess, compare, and rank options based on specific goals and objectives.
1.5 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
1.6 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
E1705 Terminology Relating to Biotechnology
ISO StandardISO 13065 Sustainability Criteria for Bioenergy
ICS Number Code 13.020.60 (Product life-cycles); 27.190 (Biological sources and alternative sources of energy)
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ASTM E3066-20, Standard Practice for Evaluating Relative Sustainability Involving Energy or Chemicals from Biomass, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2020, www.astm.orgBack to Top