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This World Standards Day, the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) is celebrating the importance of standardization to the global economy and the environment among regulators, industries, and consumers.

NSAI recognises the collaborative efforts of thousands of experts worldwide who volunteer their time to develop the technical agreements that are published as Irish and International Standards.

The theme of this World Standards Day is our ‘Shared Vision for a Better World.’ Launched in September 2015, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals act as a roadmap for improving our planet by 2030 by advancing sustainable development.

They are aimed at addressing social imbalances, developing a sustainable economy, and slowing the rate of climate change.

These goals are highly ambitious, but through the collaboration of standards experts at an Irish, European and International level, we can put frameworks in place to successfully meet the Sustainable Development Goals.

NSAI develops standards in several areas that contribute to reducing our carbon footprint and bettering environmental practices – if you are a researcher, policy maker or industry professional wanting to make a positive impact on our environment, consider joining a technical standards committee.

By introducing new concepts and ideas to a standards committee, researchers and innovators can gain professional recognition from industry peers, all while helping to establish a new and improved national norm which could contribute to Ireland’s ambitious climate targets.

The impacts of climate change are profound and are projected to increase in the coming decades. Reducing energy consumption and improving energy efficiency are at the forefront of the global climate change agenda.

It is clear to us all that if we are going to tackle issues on a global scale, we all need to be working from the same framework and speaking the language of Standards.

If you are interested in becoming involved with Standards in your field of expertise, get in touch.