ASTM International’s cannabis committee (D37) has formed a new subcommittee on sustainability. The new subcommittee seeks to develop sustainability standards tied to key United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to help the cannabis industry be more efficient, transparent, and well-regulated.
Subcommittee standards activity will include promoting measurement, reporting, and improvements made toward sustainability goals and promoting reporting through the supply chain and across the lifecycle of all cannabis products.
“The cannabis industry is at a tipping point when it comes to sustainability, and incorporating not only environmental but also social and corporate governance into a business is critical,” said Jennifer Rumble, director of communications for Sustainable Cannabis Coalition. “Together this subcommittee will work to develop standards for a cleaner and more equitable future.”
According to Rumble, subcommittee vice chair, the work of the subcommittee will directly relate to many of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals including #7 on affordable and clean energy, #9 on industry, innovation and infrastructure, #10 on reduced inequalities, #12 on responsible consumption and production, and #13 on climate action.
The subcommittee will hold its first meeting on Friday, November 5, 2021, to be held virtually. ASTM welcomes domestic and international participation in the development of its standards. To learn more or to become a member of the subcommittee, visit www.astm.org/JOIN.
ASTM International is a not-for-profit nongovernmental organization that develops voluntary consensus standards and defers to appropriate government authorities to determine the legal and regulatory framework regarding the control and use of cannabis.