The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) is seeking feedback from relevant stakeholders on the International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO) new field of technical activity proposal for the development of new standards on a circular economy. All responses submitted to SCC will serve to generate a Canadian position on the proposal.
Purpose and justification for new field of activity
A circular economy is an economy where products have a longer usable lifespan and where waste is limited or converted into new resources. It is in contrast to the linear model of "making, consuming, throwing away," which inevitably depletes the planet's resources. There is a need to move towards a different economy, where resources are consumed in a more responsible way.
Here is the definition of circular economy from the Ellen McAthur Foundation:
“Looking beyond the current "take, make and dispose” extractive industrial model, the circular economy is restorative and regenerative by design. Relying on system-wide innovation, it aims to redefine products and services to design waste out, while minimising negative impacts. Underpinned by a transition to renewable energy sources, the circular model builds economic, natural and social capital.”
Implementing circular economy projects could be an effective strategy to accomplish some of the requirements outlined in the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of United Nations. Several SDGs can be addressed by moving toward a circular economy, such as: 6. Clean water and sanitation; 7. Affordable and clean energy; 8. Decent work and economic growth; 9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure; 11. Sustainable cities and communities; 12. Responsible consumption and production; 13. Climate action.
Scope of proposed technical activity
The program will advance standardization 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 organization or group of organizations wishing to implement circular economy projects, such as commercial organizations, public services and not-for-profit organizations:
- Management System Standard for circular economy (Standard)
- Standard on implementation guidance (Standard)
- Standards for supporting tools (Standards or Technical specifications)
- Guidelines on the different issues of circular economy (Standards or Technical specifications)
- Collection of examples of implementation of circular economy projects (Technical report)
Stakeholders are invited to consider the following when formulating a response:
- Do you agree with the proposal?
- If yes, why, and do you wish to participate should a mirror committee be established?
- If no, why not?
Deadline for survey submission
SCC values your feedback on this proposal. Please fill out the stakeholder feedback form no later than August 28, 2018.
For more information, please contact Christine Geraghty, Program Manager, ISO, SCC, at email@example.com.
SCC is a federal Crown corporation with the mandate to promote efficient and effective standardization in Canada with the goal of enhancing Canada’s economic competitiveness and social well-being. It also accredits standards development and conformity assessment organizations. For more information on SCC’s programs visit scc.ca or email firstname.lastname@example.org.