4 June 2024
by Alex Brinded

Standards for a circular economy

The International Organization for Standardisation has released three new standards for the circular economy.

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The organisation has developed the standards with experts from 75 countries.

ISO 59004 is designed to foster a shift to a circular economy by defining key terms and concepts, outlining a circular economy vision, explaining core principles and giving practical guidance for steps towards sustainability.

The standards aims to contribute towards the UN Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.

The organisation says adherence to ISO 59004 enables organisations to create and share more value within society, while ensuring the quality and resilience of ecosystems, ultimately supporting a sustainable future.

ISO 59010 complements ISO 59004 by offering more detailed guidance on assessing current value creation models, mapping value chains and value networks, and developing strategies for circularity.

ISO says it outlines a structured approach to integrate circular economy principles, enhancing resource efficiency and creating economic opportunities through innovation and resilience.

ISO 59020 gives requirements and guidance for organisations to measure and assess their circularity performance within defined economic systems. It aims to standardise the process by which organisations collect and calculate data using mandatory and optional indicators.

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Alex Brinded

Staff Writer