Tractors and machinery for agriculture and forestry are an important market, with more than 450 different types of machines manufactured worldwide, including agricultural and forestry tractors, soil working machinery and machines for seeding, crop care and harvesting.
Small and medium-sized companies constitute the bulk of businesses making up the sector and need tools to manage and design agricultural machines in a more sustainable way.
A recently published ISO standard on sustainability principles for tractors and machinery for agriculture and forestry will help designers and manufacturers of such machines to integrate sustainability principles, practices and considerations into their organizations and processes.
ISO 17989-1:2015, Tractors and machinery for agriculture and forestry – Sustainability – Part 1: Principles, gives manufacturers the guidance they need to consider the sustainability aspects that are relevant to their organization and the life cycle of its products.
The standard is specifically applicable to equipment used in the production of food, fibres, fuel and lumber for humans and livestock.