ASTM eyes standard for sustainable manufacturing

A proposed standard under ASTM International’s Committee E60 on Sustainability, WK35702, Guide for Evaluation of Environmental Aspects of Sustainability of Manufacturing Processes, will assist users in adopting resource efficiency and environmentally friendly practices into daily operations. 

“WK35702 will help identify opportunities in planning, provide guidelines for collecting data, and give insight into how to calculate metrics on which informed decisions can be made,” says E60 member and National Institute of Standards and Technology Mechanical Engineer Paul Witherell. 

Among primary users of the standard, Witherell sees small- and medium-sized enterprises looking to implement more sustainable practices into their production. “While other documents may discuss sustainability in generalities, there is currently no standard to provide [these businesses] with technical and measurement guidelines on implementing sustainable manufacturing practices into their process decisions,” he explains.
WK35702 is under Subcommittee E60.13 on Sustainable Manufacturing; members invite participation in the development of it, plus WK35703, Terminology for Sustainable Manufacturing; WK35705, Guide for Sustainability Characterization of Manufacturing Processes; and, WK38312, Classification for Waste Generated at Manufacturing Facilities and Associated Claims. The proposed standards will be discussed during Committee E60 meetings, October 7-9 in New Orleans. Contacts: NIST’s Paul Witherell, 301/975-3385, [email protected] (technical); ASTM’s Stephen Mawn, 610/832-9726; [email protected] (staff liaison).