World Environment Day has been held on 5 June every year since it was established by the UN in 1974.
The technical standards provide companies with environmental protection. Therefore, there are nearly 1,000 standards in the catalogue of the Spanish Association for Standardization, UNE, which help organisations to successfully overcome their major environmental and sustainability challenges, in fields such as climate change, circular economy, labelling, environmental parameter measurement, efficient use of water, ecodesign or improving energy efficiency.
They also support public administrations in implementing regulations; in fact, the EU action plan for the Circular Economy, the EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change or the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Directives are examples in which the EU uses standardisation to ensure compliance with its policies.
For example, the new policy
standard: UNE 149002 establishes the criteria and requirements that make it possible to identify which products are or are not biodegradable and degradable and, as a result, whether or not they can be flushed down the toilet. This makes it possible to have eco-friendly and quality disposable products.
Standards are documents accessible to all that contain the market consensus on good practices, contributing to promoting a sustainable development model. Standards are reliable and agreed tools to improve the environmental performance of organisations and their products and services.
Among the standards that apply to organisations in all sectors, the
UNE-EN ISO 14001 on Environmental Management, which contributes to preventing environmental impacts, stands out.
In the field of energy efficiency, the
UNE-EN-ISO 50001 Energy Management standard, which helps to manage and reduce energy consumption in organisations, stands out.
In the field of Carbon Footprint, the
UNE-ISO 14064-1, which establishes the criteria for quantification and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions and removals, stands out.