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SDG 6: Clean water and sanitation


The Spanish Association for Standardization, UNE, contributes to the achievement of the goal using several technical standards and the implementation of good environmental practices in organisations.

Water is the source of life. Thus, water scarcity, poor water quality and inadequate sanitation negatively impact food security and livelihood choices for many families across the world.

The Spanish Association for Standardization, UNE, has identified approximately 900 standards in the Spanish catalogue that help organisations to achieve SDG 6 in many areas.

For example, the standard UNE-EN ISO 14046 Environmental management. Water footprint. Principles, requirements and guidelines related to water footprint assessment of products, processes and organisations based on life cycle assessment.

Regarding water supply and systems, see the Standard UNE-EN 1508 Water supplies. Requirements for water supply systems and components or the series UNE-EN 13443 Water conditioning equipment inside buildings.

And the new standard UNE 149002 Acceptance criteria for flushable products for its special contribution to clean water and sanitation. This standard establishes the criteria and requirements for identifying those products that are biodegradable and disintegrate and, as a result, may therefore be flushed down the toilet. This is another example of how standardisation is an effective tool for addressing economic, social and environmental challenges.