To fulfil their commitment to achieve the goals set out in Agenda 2030, the standardization bodies have launched a number of activities, including the identification of which standards can support compliance with each of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
SDG 1 No Poverty aims to eradicate poverty in all its forms and dimensions by 2030; this requires focusing on the most vulnerable, increasing access to resources and basic services, and supporting communities affected by conflict and climate-related disasters. Several UNE standards represent elements that will help achieve some of the goals set to end this situation.
For example, the series of standards UNE-EN ISO 9606 Qualification testing of welders. Fusion welding comprises a standard for each type of welding material: steel, aluminium, copper, nickel, and titanium. These standards allow a welder to become qualified, providing access to a job that provides a sustainable livelihood.
Along the same lines, access to reliable electricity is usually the first step in overcoming poverty; for example, making good use of geothermal energy to electrify poorly developed areas where the Earth's accumulated heat can be used as a resource to generate electricity cities. In this context, standards provide access to new technologies and basic services, like electricity and water. Standard UNE 100715-1 Design, implementation and monitoring of a shallow geothermal facility. Part 1: Vertical closed circuit systems, which define the installation of geothermal exchange systems for producing heat, refrigeration, and sanitary hot water.