CEN and ASTM International Cosponsor Biodegradability Workshop in Toronto 

The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and ASTM International’s committee on plastics (D20) are cosponsoring a workshop on standards for degradable, biodegradable, and biobased products. The event takes place Wednesday, 5 April 2017, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel in Canada alongside the biannual meeting of D20.

The goal of the workshop is to bring together standards development organizations (SDOs) from around the world to discuss how specifications, tests, and other standards in this area are used globally. Attendees will also discuss whether new or revised standards related to degradability, biodegradability, and biobased products are needed.

Topics will include testing, specification, and certification related to:

  • biobased and renewable-resource content;
  • aerobic (e.g., industrial composting) degradability and biodegradability;
  • anaerobic (e.g., digestion and landfill) degradability and biodegradability; and,
  • environmental (e.g., marine and soil) degradability and biodegradability.

Presentations include:

  • Maria Gustafsson, Swedish Standards Institute: “Biobased Standards Development in Europe – Sustainability, Life Cycle Assessments, and How to Communicate Them”
  • Ramani Narayan, Michigan State University: “Issues with the New European Biobased Content Certification Based on EN 16785”
  • Morton Barlaz, North Carolina State University: “Requirements of Anaerobic Biodegradation Test Methods”

Registration closes March 29.