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SDG 7: Clean and non-polluting energy

15/10/2019

Universal access to energy is essential to enable humanity to successfully overcome the major challenges it faces. The Seventh Sustainable Development Goal aboga por el apoyo de nuevas iniciativas que mejoren el rendimiento energético y aumenten el uso de fuentes renovables para conseguir comunidades sostenibles y resilientes a los problemas ambientales, como el cambio climático, la contaminación o la deforestación.

Currently, energy is the main factor that contributes to climate change, representing around 60% of all global greenhouse gas emissions.

The Spanish Association for Standardisation-UNE, has identified more than 250 Spanish standards that enable organisations to obtain SDG 7.

If there is a standard that stands out from the rest in the field of energy efficiency, it is UNE-EN ISO 50001 Sistemas de gestión de la energía. Requisitos con orientación para su uso. It is the global reference as regards the correct management of energy. Applying this standard enables organisations to make systematic savings of up to 30% on energy costs, according to ISO.

Furthermore, the aim of UNE 216701 on the Classification of energy service providers is to contribute to the deployment of energy services in Spain by improving transparency and reliability.

There are numerous and very varied renewable energy sources, but the most widespread are solar, hydro, wind and bioenergy. To extend and implement each of these energy sources using energy management systems, there are standards such as UNE-EN ISO/IEC 13273-2 on Eficiencia energética y fuentes de energía renovables. Common international terminology. Part 2: Renewable energies.

Furthermore, UNE acts from an organisational perspective, taking into account actions that contribute to SDG 7. Thus, it maintains a sustainable corporate policy of reducing the energy used by every activity performed by the Organisation.