Sustainability issues increasingly faced by industry
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Concrete is second only to water as a resource consumed on our planet, according to ISO, the International Standards Organization, and its potential to harm the environment is huge. A new ISO standard was published Wednesday 13 June, designed to reduce the impact of concrete, which has a vast number of uses throughout the world, from buildings to bridges and roads, dams and tunnels.
The new standard “covers the secondary effects of the production of concrete and of concrete structures which consume large amounts of resources, such as water, energy, cement and steel and emit large amounts of CO2in their production processes,” says Geneva-based ISO in a statement.
“The standard provides a framework and basic rules on environmental management related to concrete and concrete structures. This includes the assessment of environmental impacts and methods of implementing environmental improvement. It addresses the entire life cycle of concrete structures, including:
- Design, production, recycling and disposal of concrete
- Building, use and demolition.”
Global standards are being developed for a large number of industries in part to help them meet sustainability goals. ISO has just published a brochure on how standards help companies meet sustainability goals and how they can provide economic benefits, in the run-up to the Rio+20 summit next week in Brazil.