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Standards and ecological transition

UNE report on the Support of Standardisation in the Ecological Transition


The Spanish Association for Standardisation-UNE, has published 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.

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.

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.

The report was presented at a conference organised by UNE in collaboration with CEOE at the end of 2020, at which leading experts highlighted the key role of standards in the ecological transition.