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UNE standards in the ecological transition

Leading experts highlight the key role of UNE standards in the ecological transition.


  • The event was attended by representatives of the European standardisation organisations CEN and CENELEC, CEOE, Ministry of Ecological Transition, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism, UNESID, ANFAC, AOP, AELEC and ANFALUM.
  • UNE presenta el Informe Apoyo de la Normalización a la Transición Ecológica, que revela la existencia de numerosas áreas de normalización que impulsan la transición ecológica: desde la economía circular, hasta el cambio climático, pasando por la eficiencia energética, la movilidad y las finanzas sostenibles o la compra verde, entre otras.

3 December 2020. The Spanish Association for Standardisation-UNE, in partnership with CEOE, held the seminar The role of standardisation in meeting the challenge of ecological transitionat which leading experts from government and business highlighted the key role of technical standards in the ecological transition. El evento online ha seguido por más de 200 profesionales de organizaciones, despertando un gran interés.

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.

UNE's Managing Director, Javier García, presented the Report Standardisation for the Ecological Transition, which highlights various areas of standardisation in UNE that are driving the ecological transition: From the circular economy to climate change, energy efficiency, transport, sustainable finance and green purchasing.

Some illustrative examples of standards supporting the ecological transition are the UNE-EN ISO 14001 on environmental management in a more general area or UNE-EN ISO 14064 on the carbon footprint in the fight against climate change and the UNE-EN-ISO 50001 on energy efficiency in a specific field, among others.

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.