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An introduction to technical standards: what they are, where they come from, how to get them.

Standards & the Sustainaability Development Goals (SDGs)

ISO, IEC, and ITU combine together to share how much of an impact standards have on the U.N.'s Sustainability Goals.

"The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which project to address social imbalances, develop a sustainable economy, and slow the rate of climate change, are highly ambitious. To reach them will require the cooperation of many public and private partners, and the use of all available tools, including international standards and conformity assessment...The entire standards system is built on collaboration. It is testament to the power of cooperation and the belief that we are stronger than the sum of our parts. By working together, we are empowering people with real-world solutions to face sustainability challenges head-on."

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ISO contributes to all the Sustainable Development Goals

Examples of relevant ISO standards are:

  • ISO 19289:2015 Air quality — Meteorology — Siting classifications for surface observing stations on land. Directly related to SDG 13, this standard indicates exposure rules for various sensors.
  • ISO 11200:2014/Amd 1:2018 Acoustics — Noise emitted by machinery and equipment — Guidelines for the use of basic standards for the determination of emission sound pressure levels at a work station and at other specified positions — Amendment 1. Directly related to SDG's 4 & 9, this standard is in regards to noises emitted by machines and equipment.

Find more ISO standards by using the SDG Search tool!