March 7, 2024. A milestone has been achieved by the ISO JWG14 with the agreement at its 15th meeting to move towards the Final Draft International Standard (FDIS) of the ISO 59014 on Sustainability and Traceability of the the Recovery of Secondary Materials.

The ISO Joint Working Group (JWG) 14 in charge of elaborating the standard was jointly set by two parenting committees—the ISO Technical Committees on Environmental Management (TC207/SC5) and Circular Economy (TC323) committees—and is integrated by about 70 experts from 22 countries, representing national standardization bodies (NSB) and other stakeholders as liaison members.

At its 15th session, the JWG14 successfully resolved over 350 comments and proposals received to the Draft International Standard (DIS) version.

Highlights of the meeting were the enthusiastic discussions on definitions of key terms such as secondary material, classification (from the processing perspective), recovery pathways and depollution of materials. The definition of secondary material is aimed to be communicated to concerned ISO groups and beyond, e.g. to Horizon Europe (HEU) projects which would promote harmonization and improved understanding at international level:

  • Secondary material: material that has previously been processed or used, has been captured by a recovery system and has completed all recovery process steps and can be used as an input to produce new materials and products
  • Recovery pathway: substantive discussion took place as for the recovery pathway for which a methodology is proposed in this standard. This helps making decisions about the ways recoverable resources are collected and classified for enhancing the potential for the circularity of materials.

The overall expectation of the JWG14 is to submit the revised version to ISO as FDIS in April 2024, enabling the publication of the International  ISO Standard 59014 before the end of the year.

 

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