The Spanish Association for Standardization, UNE, has published the report Support for the Standardization of Ecological Transition, which highlights various areas of standardization 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.
Examples of standards that support the ecological transition are UNE-EN ISO 14001 on environmental management in the more general sense, or UNE-EN ISO 14064 on carbon footprint in the fight against climate change and UNE-EN ISO 50001 on energy efficiency in a specific field, inter alia.
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.