14 October 2020. On World Standards Day,
Spanish Association for Standardisation, UNE, wants to highlight the significant contribution of technical standards to Spain's economic recovery in the current context generated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Standards play a key role in many areas: from business competitiveness to the development of society and environmental protection.
Indeed, the theme of this year's World Standards Day is 'Protecting the planet with standards' with the intention of
International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) highlighting the need to protect our Earth. UNE is the Spanish member of the European and international standardisation organisations.
The crisis caused by the coronavirus has highlighted the importance of sustainability and resilience. We have before us the challenge of rebuilding economies and safeguarding life while preserving the planet for future generations.
In this context, standardisation has proven to be a successful tool for supporting the deployment of European public policies over the past 30 years and now it will contribute to the goal of advancing the ecological transition and towards a sustainable European economy through practical and efficient standards that generate confidence.
Standards harmonise best practices, establishing a common understanding and providing reliable and consensual tools in many environmental areas. Some illustrative examples are the environmental management standards (UNE-EN ISO 14001), circular economy (standards for
CTN 323), climate change (UNE-EN ISO 14064 that enable carbon footprint calculations) or energy efficiency (UNE-EN-ISO 50001), among others.
UNE's contribution to economic recovery
On this Day, the Spanish Association for Standardization, UNE, would like to remember the relevant contribution of standards to Spain's economic recovery. During all these months of the pandemic, the Spanish standardisation body has worked tirelessly on the development of UNE standards to overcome the current economic crisis, supporting companies and Public Administrations.
In order to achieve this, it has drafted standards, in record time, for business management and the quality and safety of products for reducing risks against COVID-19.
These initiatives include:
Technical standards represent 1% of the Spanish GDP. The application of standards represents up to 5% of a company's annual sales revenue.
World Standards Day, celebrated internationally each year on 14 October, honours the efforts of the thousands of experts from all over the world who participate in the development of standards. In Spain alone, around 12,000 experts collaborate in the development of technical standards within the Spanish Association for Standardization, UNE.