In this photograph, from left to right: Francisco Antonio Blanco, secretary-General of Industry and Small and Medium Enterprises at the the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism; Alfredo Berges, president of UNE; and Maive Rute, deputy director general for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs st the European Commission.
Under the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Spanish Association for Standardization, UNE, in collaboration with the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, hosted the Conference Standardization: a Strategic Instrument for the Climate and Digital Transition, which highlighted the key role that Standards play in achieving these objectives.
The main lines of action during the six months of the Spanish Presidency are based on four priorities: reindustrializing the EU and guaranteeing its open strategic autonomy, advancing in the green transition, promoting greater social and economic justice, and strengthening European unity. This conference has highlighted the contribution of standardization to achieving these priorities, and particularly the first two.
Experts from the business industries, public Administrations and international and European standardization bodies agreed to present standards as useful and reliable tools to reduce emissions and adapt to the effects of climate change and to establish a common language, with solid and agreed frameworks, in order to achieve digital transformation.
The panel "Standardization Policy for European Industry" addressed the standardization system and its relation to boosting the internal market, European leadership in the world and building investor confidence, from a business point of view.
In the same line, the panel "Industrial transition to a green and digital economy" featured the vision of European and international standardization bodies and their contribution to help companies meet their challenges in the green and digital economy.
In addition, industry and business representatives gave their views on the role of Standards in successfully overcoming the green and digital transition, on topical issues such as net zero emissions, clean technologies, critical raw materials (electric vehicles and semi conductors) and data governance.
For more information, see the press release.
Francisco Antonio Blanco, Secretary-General of Industry and Small and Medium Enterprises. Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism at the Welcoming event.
Maive Rute, Deputy Director General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs of the European Commission at the Opening.
Representatives from SBS, CEPYME, CEOE, BUSINESSEUROPE and the EIB have provided the business perspective.
The vision of the standardization organizations has come from representatives of CEN and CENELEC; ETSI, ISO and IEC.
The industry's vision on net zero emissions and clean technologies has been provided by experts from OFICEMEN, ISO, AeH2, ANFAC and AEE.
The industry’s voice on critical raw materials and data governance has come from BSC, STELLANTIS, AMETIC, INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES and UCLM.
Secretary-General of Industry and Small and Medium Enterprises.
Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism. Spanish Government
Deputy Director General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs.
Secretary-General, SBS (representing SMEunited)
Director, Department of Industry, Energy, Environment and Climate. CEOE
Director, Internal Market Department. BUSINESSEUROPE
Head of BEI Group Office in Madrid.
EUROPEAN INVESTMENT BANK
CEN and CENELEC
Director General. ETSI
Secretary-General & CEO. IEC
Director General. OFICEMEN
Head of Sustainability. ISO
Secretary. ASOCIACIÓN ESPAÑOLA DEL HIDRÓGENO
Director, Industry and Environment Department. ANFAC
General Director. ASOCIACIÓN EMPRESARIAL EÓLICA
Director. BARCELONA SUPERCOMPUTING CENTER
Expert on battery regulations. STELLANTIS
Contact for IPCEI.
Director of Standardization. INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES AG
Professor at Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha and Founding partner of DQTEAM, S.L. UCLM
President of the Spanish Association for Standardization. UNE
Secretary-General of Telecommunications and Organization of Audiovisual Communication Services, Secretary of State for Telecommunications and Digital Infrastructures. Spanish Government