3 December 2020. The Spanish Association for Standardization, UNE, in collaboration with CEOE, has held a seminar The Role of standardization in the ecological transition challenge, in which leading experts from the public and private sectors underlined the role played by technical standards in the ecological transition. The online event was followed by more than 200 professionals from organizations, generating great interest.
Standards harmonise best practices, providing reliable and consensual tools to companies and legislators. Technical standards provide an effective response to business challenges, and are a strong support for governments in the effective deployment of public policies and in the development of regulations; For example, in the European Green Deal, in fields such as smart grids, alternative fuels and efficient recycling.
At the event the Director General of UNE, Javier García, presented the Report Support for the Standardization of the Ecological Transition, which outlines various standardization areas at UNE that promote ecological transition: From the circular economy to climate change, energy efficiency, transport, sustainable finance and green purchasing.
Examples of standards that support the ecological transition are UNE-EN ISO 14001 on environmental management in the more general sense, or UNE-EN ISO 14064 on carbon footprint in the fight against climate change and UNE-EN ISO 50001 on energy efficiency in a specific field, inter alia.
Furthermore, standards help organisations to achieve one or more of the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as they provide the consensus, collaboration and best practices that this global challenge requires.
Participants in the event included Carles Navarro, Chairman of the Committee on Sustainable Development and Environment at CEOE; Elena Santiago, Managing Director of the European Standardisation bodies CEN and CENELEC; the Deputy Director General of Coordination of Actions against Climate Change of the Spanish Office for Climate Change of the Ministry for Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, Eduardo González; and the Deputy Director General of Industrial Quality and Safety of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism, José Manuel Prieto.
The meeting was also attended by the Vice President of UNE and General Manager of ANFALUM (Spanish Association of Lighting Manufacturers), Alfredo Berges; the Director of Environment, Energy and Innovation of UNESID (Union of Steel-making Companies), Santiago Oliver; the director of the Industrial and Environmental Area of ANFAC (Spanish Association of Car and Truck Manufacturers), Arancha García; the Technical and Environmental Director of AOP (Spanish Association of Oil Product Operators), Carlos Martín; and the Regulatory Director of AELEC (Association of Electric Energy Companies), Pedro González.