In the beginning of year 2014 Plantagon has initiated a project to develop the world’s first set of standards on
‘’Sustainable Urban Food Production’’ together with Swedish Standards Institute, SIS. Our involvements led to
formation of a technical committee at national level consisting of experts from various Swedish governmental,
private, Academic and R&D institutions and organizations. Plantagon chairs this Technical Committee.
Based on our approach towards consideration of food production as a main urban system and a sector within a city
which demands an integration framework, we got engaged with another Technical Committee (TC) at SIS on
‘’Sustainable Cities’’. The committee then worked as a mirror committee and coordination group existing at all
European standards institutes based on a EU commission’s venture to form a synchronized European group for
creation of a standard framework for European cities to follow.
Plantagon holds a chair at the national technical committee on ‘’Sustainable Cities’’ and also at another committee
with European Committee for Standardization (CEN) on ‘’Smart cities and sustainable communities’’. These
committees work toward developing sets of standards for sustainable development of Swedish and European cities
under the framework of European Commission’s environmental program.
Plantagon then was invited to partake in and join a Technical Committee with International Standards Organization
(ISO) on ‘’Sustainable Development in Communities’’ under title of TC 268. Plantagon is the only TC member at
global level with expertise in Urban Food Systems within this line of work. TC 268 consists of Three different
working groups (WG) and a Sub-Committee (SC); WG1 works with Management Systems of a sustainable city, WG2
works with City Indicators, WG3 works with Glossary and Terminology and SC1 works with Smart and Green
Infrastructure of a sustainable city. SC1 works very close and synced with the European Technical committee on
Smart cities and sustainable communities. Plantagon holds chair in all working groups and the sub-committee as TC
member and expert.
TC 268 works towards development of standards for sustainable development in communities based on United
Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). United Nation’s
Environmental Program (UNEP), United Nation’s Human Settlement program (UN Habitat) and UNISDR have
liaisons and representation in TC 268 to ensure total communication both downwards and more importantly
upwards for policy adjustment based on experts point of view and research outcome. 45 countries works with TC
268 as both participatory and supervisory bodies to influence the work; there are also international organizations
such as Microsoft, IBM, Hitachi, Philips; networks of cities like local government for sustainability ‘’ICLEI’’ and
other globally recognized academic institutions, universities and R&D centers which all contribute to the
ISO Food products, TC34 has also invited Plantagon to become member of their Advisory Board and dedicate to
their new working item ‘Role of Social Responsibility in Agrifood Industry’.
Today there are standards being developed at a global level for cities to be certified under which. ISO 37120, ISO
37150 etc. are the foundation of a future global level certificatory system for sustainable, resilience and smart cities
and Plantagon as the global leader of innovative urban agriculture influences the work based on our mission.
‘’Feeding the cities - By reutilization of urban resources in urban food systems to have Regenerative Metropolitans’’.
The works is being done in three different layers:
Layer 1: Policy-making level, including EU commission and United Nations. In this layer the information fellow
runs both downwards and upwards. As policy defining organizations they make sure that frameworks are being
development based on their outlines but also they are open to policy adjustment in a bottom-up approach based on
the technical committee members feedback.
Layer 2: Standardization organizations including ISO, CEN, SIS and other national standardization bodies which act
and perform as platforms for elaboration, engagement, communication and initiation of development projects for
forward-thinking organizations to influence standardization frameworks and policies at National, European and
Layer 3: The development layer where the concrete work is being executed (red box in the attached chart)
National Level: Plantagon chairs the national committee with SIS on ‘’Sustainable Urban Food Production’’ and is a
Technical Committee member with SIS on ‘’Sustainable cities’’.
European level: Plantagon is a Technical Committee member with CEN on ‘’Smart cities and sustainable
Global level: Plantagon is Technical Committee member with ISO on ‘’Sustainable Development in Communities,
ISO TC268’’, Advisory board member for ‘’ISO food products committee, ISO TC34’’ and also is expert within two
working groups and a sub-committee with ISO on ‘’City Indicators’’, ‘’Management Systems’’ and ‘’Smart and Green
National level: World’s first set of standards on ‘’Sustainable urban food production’’ which in a three year
time frame is handed to both CEN and ISO for development of European and Global standard on urban food; and
the national standards as a certificatory set for Swedish Cities to follow.
The first working draft of first standard is out and being worked on to be published in late 2015. The standard is
titled as ‘’SS 193000 - Sustainable Urban Food Production: General Guideline – Terminology and Definitions’’.
The following sets will be published on City planning and Integration frameworks, Produce Certification scheme
and Value chain Certification.
European level: European set of certificatory standard for European Cities to be certified smart and sustainable.
Global level: Standards on sustainable development in communities, indicators of city services and quality of life,
smart and green infrastructure of a city, city governance and last but not least a global set for certification of cities
with Sustainability as an overarching factor and in two dimensions on Smartness and Resilience.
Labelling Project: Based on the national and global certificatory sets, Plantagon has envisioned launch of a globally
recognized and applicable Eco-label to certify the safety, and brand food grown in controlled environment systems
and brings customer awareness and sustainability measures and requirements into account.