The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) joins the international community to celebrate World Environment Day on June 5, 2018. World Environment Day encourages awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Organized by the United Nations Environment Programme, it is a day for people from all walks of life to come together to ensure a cleaner, greener and brighter outlook for themselves and future generations.
This year’s theme is “Beat Plastic Pollution.” Plastic is an important material in our economy and daily lives. It has multiple functions that can help tackle a number of the challenges facing our society, may it be packaging that ensures food safety and reduces food waste, light and innovate materials that lower fuel consumption, or bio-compatible plastics in medicine that save human lives. On the other side, there is an urgent need to address the environmental problems that today cast a shadow over the use of end products. The million tonnes of plastic litter that find their way into our oceans are one of the most visible and alarming signs of these problems.
Beating plastic pollution is a call to action for all of us to come together to combat one of the great environmental challenges of our time. Standardization solutions can help us achieve this goal by increasing efficiency and reducing unnecessary waste around the world.
How can International Standards help?
Examples of deliverables that can help include ISO 17422 on guidance for the inclusion of environmental considerations in standards, ISO 15270 on the recovery and recycling of plastics waste and a future technical report – ISO/TR 21960 – on knowledge and methodologies for plastics in the environment. In addition, a set of standards on the carbon and environmental footprint of biobased plastics (ISO 16620 and ISO 22526) will help businesses reduce their environmental impact.
ISO standards for the marine environment can also save precious resources. ISO 18830, ISO 19679 and the future ISO 22404 will help organizations understand degradation and performance over the product’s lifetime – invaluable for ensuring that a given material is the optimum choice. ISO is also developing ISO 22403 and ISO 22766 to determine the recycling and reuse of plastics and prevent their leaching into the environment. Regarding plastic leakage into our oceans, standardization solutions could lead to a significant environmental benefit.
As Dr. Eric Bischof, Chair of the ISO subcommittee responsible for plastics and the environment explains, “I firmly believe that standardization can foster increased resource efficiency in general, help reduce waste leakage and support resource-efficient circular economy solutions. A strong involvement of interested parties is however a prerequisite to develop smart, broadly accepted standards that really make a difference.”
SCC’s work to support our environment
Join us as we celebrate World Environment Day 2018 with the launch of our new SCC video that highlights how we are committed to working with governments and industry to develop innovative standardization solutions that will help mitigate the impact we have on the environment today and adapt to our changing climate – now and in the future.
An important part of our response to climate change is building safer communities in Canada in the face of more extreme weather patterns. SCC is ensuring we have the most consistent and comprehensive climate information to inform environmental best practices for the design of climate resilient infrastructure, as well as updating existing infrastructure standards. SCC is also developing a second phase of the Northern Infrastructure Standardization Initiative with an additional series of standards to address the unique environmental concerns of Canada’s North.
Join our social media campaign from June 4 to June 8, 2018 to help us showcase #environmentalstandards and how #StandardsMatter and #AccreditationMatters to our environment.