[image_0]According to the association, this appointment of an ETRA vice president as a voting member on the ASTM D24 committee is an important step in helping to bring about globally recognised standards for the recovered Carbon Black (rCB) produced by ELT pyrolysis. One of the challenges for produces to rCB is that it consists primarily of virgin Carbon Black with a possible modified surface activity due to the pyrolysis reaction ,of inorganic compounding ingredients originating from the feedstock and cannot match existing standards for Carbon Black. In many markets this creates a barrier to use and the ELT recycling sector has been calling for global standards for some years. The creation of rCB standards would create opportunities for wider use of the potentially valuable resources released from ELT through pyrolysis and gasification. Jean-Paul Bouysset is a member of AFICEP (French Rubber Engineer Association) and has been active in the Carbon Black industry for 40 years. As ETRA Vice President, he co-chairs the Pyrolysis Forum with Dr. Gisèle Jung (ULB). In 1995 he became interested in the growing potential of secondary raw materials produced by post consumer tyre pyrolysis (solid, liquid, gas) and is active in EC funded projects to develop potential of recovered Carbon-Black (r CB). The ASTM Committee D24 on Carbon Black was formed in 1956. D24 meets twice a year, in June and December, with about 30 members attending over three days of technical meetings. The Committee, with a current membership of approximately 60, has jurisdiction of over 34 standards, published in the Annual Book of ASTM Standards, Volume 9.01. D24 has nine technical subcommittees that maintain jurisdiction over these standards. These standards have and continue to play a pre-eminent role in all aspects important to the industry including: composition, properties, classification, nomenclature, analysis, and quality assurance.ETRA is the only body representing the independent tyre recycling industry in Europe. Its work is focused on tyre recycling and it co-ordinates research projects, assists its members with European funding and lobbying and has a growing role in promoting and publicising the use of recycled end of life tyre derived materials to the architectural and civil engineering sectors throughout Europe. With its head office in Brussels, ETRA plays an important role in forwarding the interests of the independent tyre recycling sector to the appropriate Directorate General at the European Commission.