Work Item
ASTM WK52051

New Guide for Standard Guide for Allocation of Environmental Impacts Attributable to Recycling in LCA

1. Scope

The acquisition, promotion, and dissemination of knowledge, stimulation of research and the development of standards relating to sustainability and sustainable development. The committee shall include environmental, social, economic, and other issues relating to sustainability.
This committee shall support and serve as a resource for other ASTM committees in their activities that include sustainability issues. This support may include dissemination of specific requests for standards throughout ASTM's existing committee base, as well as the maintenance of appropriate liaison relationships internal and external) related to this subject area.
The committee will not duplicate the efforts of existing ASTM technical committees. The work of this committee will be coordinated with other ASTM committees and other organizations having mutual interest.

Keywords

recycling; LCA; life cycle assessment; materials

Rationale

This guide is a general sustainability standard for use across all industries and applications where LCA is used beyond the building and construction sector. It intended to be a companion to the ISO standards. For that reason, ISO terminology is used when available. No internationally recognized consensus standard setting organization has clearly defined material- or application-specific recycled modeling practices for the purpose of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). This has led to confusion and significant variation in approaches within, and across, industries. The impact of this can lead to inconsistency in the comparative studies and EPDs, as well as general confusion as to the appropriate approach for a given industry, material type, or system category. General information about internationally recognized acceptable approaches is provided within the main document. Since there is tremendous variation between materials in terms of recycled content and end-of-life productive re-use alternatives, appendices are included, which will both educate practitioners about these differences and provide specific reliable guidance based on research. There is no limit to the potential number of appendices. The intent is for this guide to evolve into a central primary resource document for LCA practitioners. Because a large number of appendices are anticipated over time, the TG group agreed to limit their length to about 2 pages and to place them in alphabetical order for this ballot. They are to include the basic information needed by practitioners and sufficient references to supporting research to document their technical validity. Eight appendices for recycled materials are included in this ballot. Other industries have contributed to the draft but were not ready to prepare appendices at the time of this ballot. Additional appendices will be included as the main body of the text is finalized in subcommittee. This document has been significantly revised since the first ballot and every effort has been made to address the negatives and comments and recommendations made by ASTM editorial staff about format, including the addition of an appendix index. A redlined version showing all changes made since the last ballot can be made available upon request.

The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.

Details

Developed by Subcommittee: E60.80

Committee: E60

Staff Manager: Kristy Straiton

Work Item Status

Date Initiated: 11-03-2015

Technical Contact: Mark Mistry

Item: 001

Ballot: E60.80 (17-01)

Status: Will Reballot Item

Item: 001

Ballot: E60.80 (18-02)

Status: Will Reballot Item

Item: 005

Ballot: E60 (19-03)

Status: Will Reballot Item

Item: 001

Ballot: E60.80 (18-01)

Status: Will Reballot Item

Item: 007

Ballot: E60 (19-01)

Status: Will Reballot Item

Item: 005

Ballot: E60 (19-04)

Status: Will Reballot Item

Item: 007

Ballot: E60 (21-02)

Status: Will Reballot Item

Item: 003

Ballot: E60 (22-01)

Status: Negative Votes Need Resolution