UNBS develops 90 standards to protect environment against industrial pollution

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The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has developed 90 standards to protect the environment from substandard goods, according to officials in a press statement announcing Uganda’s participation in the celebration of World Standards Day.

“In line with this year’s World Standards Day theme; ‘protecting the planet with standards’, UNBS has developed over 48 standards on environmental management, 30 photovoltaic/solar standards, seven bio gas standards, two charcoal and charcoal briquette standards, one energy efficient stoves standard and two energy labelling standards in a bid to protect the environment,” reads the statement.

The statement says that the implementation of these standards will help promote sustainability by preparing the ground for renewable energy usage while paving the way for circular economy processes including the recycling and reuse of materials as well as providing benchmarks for energy efficiency in multiple devices and systems.

“Their broad use, therefore, reduces the environmental impact of industrial production and processes, facilitates the reuse of limited resources and improves energy efficiency, thus protecting the planet,” they say.

The African Development Bank says industrial growth in Uganda in 2019 was 6.2%, beaten only by the services sector whose growth averaged 7.6%.

To date, UNBS has developed 3,948 standards in the areas of food and agriculture, engineering, chemicals and consumer products and management and services at national, regional and international levels.

In FY 2019/20, 505 new standards were developed to support key sectors of the economy and act as a catalyst for economic growth.

UNBS is leveraging digital tools like ISOlutions and SiMo (Standards management systems and online meeting platforms (Zoom, WebEx and Microsoft teams) to improve standards development processes.

“Our pilot online meetings and stakeholder engagements have so far been successful and we hope our stakeholders and especially the private sector will be able to transition and increase participation in standards work,” officials said in the statement.

UNBS has urged consumers to look out for the certification status and labelling information on energy products before purchasing them to ensure that the goods bought conform to the standards that protect the environment.

“Consumers are also urged to implement waste disposal instructions on the product label, as part of the concerted efforts to protect the planet,” UNBS said.

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