ASTM International’s committee on sustainability (E60) has developed a new guide that will help companies set reasonable, realistic operational objectives for reducing the environmental impact of their own manufacturing processes. The standard (soon to be published as E3096, Guide for the Definition, Selection, and Organization of Key Performance Indicators for Environmental Aspects of Manufacturing Processes) uses key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure how well an objective for self-improvement is being met. Key to the concept introduction through international consensus was EL’s Shaw Feng. Using this guide, industrial users will develop sets of KPIs to assess the sustainability performance of their manufacturing processes. The standard helps users identify what to measure to determine whether their sustainability goals are being met. Good measurements will be specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound. For more information, refer to ASTM’s press release.