Agricultural Equipment Sustainability Standard Project Announced

The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) announces the approval by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) of a new project to develop an international standard covering sustainability principals for tractors and machinery for agricultural and forestry, as well as for powered lawn and garden equipment and irrigation equipment.

ISO 17989-1, Tractors and machinery for agriculture and forestry – Sustainability – Principles, will provide guidelines for integrating environmental sustainability principles, practices and considerations into the design of agricultural and forestry machinery. It will also establish a basis for the development of machine-specific standards related to environmental sustainability.

An initial draft has been accepted, and a meeting of project volunteers will be scheduled soon to enhance, update, clarify, and resolve the early comments and suggestions brought forth during the initial balloting for the project. The project will be carried out by a newly formed ISO working group on sustainability, ISO/TC23 Working Group 2, which is being convened by a German delegation. Michael Senneff, Product Safety Help, LLC (USA), will lead the project. Another ISO technical committee, ISO/TC 207, Environmental Management, will provide additional input and guidance.

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