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UNE standards, key tools for tackling climate challenge

29/11/2022

  • ??The Spanish Association for Standardization, UNE, organized the conference entitled 'How standards address the climate challenge', held at the headquarters of the Spanish Royal Academy of Engineering (RAI).
  • Attendees were informed about 17 standards that support organizations in meeting their climate goals.
  • For example, the new standard 'Guidelines for Net Zero' marks a turning point in reaching the global carbon neutrality target by 2050.

Madrid, 29 November 2022 �The Spanish Association for Standardisation-UNE, organized the conference entitled 'How standards address the climate challenge', held this morning at the headquarters of the Spanish Royal Academy of Engineering (RAI) in Madrid. Attendees were informed about 17 standards that support organizations in meeting their climate goals.

The event, which was inaugurated by Antonio Colino and Carlos Esteban, presidents of RAI and UNE, respectively, echoed the topics discussed at the Climate Summit held in Egypt this month, where ISO and national bodies focused on achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. In the face of this challenge, technical norms or standards are useful and reliable tools for reducing emissions, adapting to the effects of climate change and aligning adequate financing to achieve these goals.

"The development of standards is a key tool with which organisations can move from commitment to action and achieve not only their environmental goals but also a measurable impact," said Javier Garc�a, UNE Director General and ISO Vice President-elect, during his speech on the London Declaration, which was accepted together with ISO to reinforce the contribution of international standards to climate action and the drive for a green transition.

Developments in standardisation for climate action were the focus of this conference, in which the speakers presented their vision on the conclusions of the COP27, adaptation to climate change, sustainable finance and zero emissions. Moderated by Iv�n Moya, coordinator of Ecological Transition at UNE; and with the participation of Teresa Solana, advisory member of the General Directorate of the Spanish Office for Climate Change (OECC); Efr�n Feliu, Climate Change Adaptation Manager at TECNALIA; and Fernando Segarra, AENOR's Technical Climate Change Coordinator.

"The combination of net zero emissions standards, climate change adaptation and sustainable finance provides organisations with robust tools to achieve their climate goals. In this sense, the new 'Guidelines for net zero' standard is an important turning point in meeting these challenges, as it ensures a common understanding and provides an impetus for uniform application", underlined Iv�n Moya, UNE's coordinator for Ecological Transition. With the exceptional endorsement of ISO, this document has been made open access. It is available on the UNE website.

This new standard, as highlighted during the panel, provides a framework around the concept of net zero carbon emissions, including the definition of this term, how to incorporate it into the policies and strategies of organizations, and also provides guidelines and recommendations on how to achieve this.?