Towards green economy- Standardization contribution
This Presentation was presented at the 5th Eilat-Eilot renewable energy conference by Dr. Michal Philosophf from the Standrads Institution of Israel (SII)
The environmental reality of climate change on one hand and the energy crisis on the other hand, is fast becoming an economic reality. As companies confront the demands of energy efficient and low-carbon future, they face new choices, new challenges, new competitors, and – ultimately – new opportunities to reshape industries and markets around the globe.
The magnitude of the changes required to mitigate and adapt to climate change is unprecedented. Standards will play a vital role in this transition. Through setting quality norms, specifying clear guidelines and helping structure processes, Standards can provide the transparency and assurances needed to facilitate new green technology markets and industries that will help in creating stablegovernments and a protected climate, and in shaping the global economy in the coming decades.
The OECD and the US Department of Commerce estimate that standards and related conformity assessments have an impact on 80 % of the world’s trade in commodities.Several researches performed by economists from numerous standardization bodies showed that standardization has an important contribution to national GDPs:
•”Standardization represented about 1 % of gross domestic product”(Germany)
•”Standards made an annual contribution of GBP 2.5 billion to the economy, and 13 % of the growth in labour productivity was attributed to standards”(United Kingdom)
•”17 % of the labour productivity growth rate and about 9 % of the growth rate in economic output (real GDP) over the 1981 to 2004 period”(Canada)
During the lecture, we will discuss the contribution to national economies of standardization in several fields adapting innovative technologies, such as:
• Renewable Energy technologies (Solar, Wind, Bio-Energy, etc.)
• Energy Efficiency of industrial equipment and electric domestic appliances
• Energy Management within organizations
• Environmental Management, especially Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Management
Examples of fields where standardization was incorporated for the purpose of increasing the efficiency in the exploitation of energy in an agreed upon and intelligent manner will be presented; Specific examples of standards dealing with innovative technologies incorporating safety aspects, energy aspects, environmental and sustainability aspects will also be given.
The implementation of all of these Standards will lead to a significant energy saving, a reduction in the national GHG emissions and eventually to a sustainable future and a green economy.