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650 UNE standards, allies of SDG 9

650 UNE standards, allies of SDG 9


The target of SDG 9 is to build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation in order to support economic development and human wellbeing.

Standards are strategic allies to help organisations achieve the 17 SDGs, as they provide best practices, knowledge and collaboration that this global challenge requires.

With regard to SDG 9, nearly 650 standards UNE help companies to achieve this. They include the UNE-EN ISO 9001 that establishes the requirements for introducing and developing quality management systems within organisations. It is the most globally implemented quality management tool, and has been successfully applied by almost one million organisations.

The biggest changes will occur in the industrial sector with the transition to the new Industry 4.0 system. There are, however, some important specifications, such as UNE 0060 and UNE 0061 that establish the requirements for industries to meet in order to be considered digital. Promoted by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism, they provide support to Spanish industries in their digitisation process.

In the field of innovation, it is essential to start with a standardisation programme and a management system. At the core are the Technical Specifications belonging to the UNE-CEN/TS 16555 EX series, which cover numerous aspects, such as innovation management systems (UNE-CEN/TS 16555-1). This European standard was developed with significant participation from Spanish experts in the field; in fact, the text was partly based on the Spanish standard UNE 166002 R&D&i Management Systems.

Sustainable development in infrastructure will lead to a necessary transformation in the various communities and populations. The series of Standards UNE 178101 contribute to the multisectoral change to infrastructure and to the emergence of so-called smart cities.