ISO new field of technical activity proposal – Circular economy

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Standards New Zealand is seeking feedback from relevant stakeholders on the International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO) proposal for the development of a new field of technical activity, Circular economy. All responses submitted to Standards New Zealand will serve to generate a New Zealand position on the proposal. Voting on the proposal closes on 19 September 2018, please provide your feedback to by 5 September 2018

Download full proposal as PDF.

What does circular economy mean?

There's a great summary on the Ministry for the Environment website. At its heart, the term refers to manufacturing that designs out waste and pollution, keeps reusing products and materials, and regenerates natural systems.


Standardisation in the field of circular economy to develop requirements, frameworks, guidance, and supporting tools related to the implementation of circular economy projects.

The proposed deliverables will apply to any organisation or group of organisations wishing to implement circular economy projects, such as commercial organisations, public services, and not-for-profit organisations.

Excluded: specification of particular aspects of circular economy already covered by existing ISO technical committees (TCs), such as ecodesign and life-cycle assessment in ISO/TC 207 Environmental management and sustainable procurement (ISO 20400: 2017 Sustainable procurement – Guidance).

Note: the TC will contribute to sustainable development and especially to the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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