ISO standards contribute to healthy air and a healthy planet
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt the world, never before have we faced the importance of having adequate air quality. “Healthy air, healthy planet” is the theme of this year’s International Day of Clean Air for Blue Sky, which is held every year on September 7 (16 Shahrivar).
The purpose of this day is to draw attention to the negative effects of air pollution and the need for clean air to support health and the environment, emphasizing that the world needs to work together to tackle the growing problem of air quality.
ISO has hundreds of standards that represent the international consensus in dealing with indoor and outdoor air pollution. These include standards for measuring pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions, workplace air, indoor air, and technologies that reduce indoor and outdoor air pollution.
Saving human lives
With air pollution causing 6.5 million premature deaths worldwide, it’s important to find effective ways to reduce harmful particles and make it easier for us to breathe. The quality of circulating air in a built environment can be compromised by several factors such as harmful gases, particles, odors, microorganisms, and emissions from products.
Therefore, the quality of ventilation and filtration systems, as well as design and layout, can play a significant role. ISO 7708, Air quality – Definitions of particle size reduction for health-related sampling, ISO 13138, Air quality – Sampling conventions for particulate matter deposition in the human respiratory tract and ISO 16000 series For indoor air, there are only a few standards that support these technologies.
About three billion people use open fireplaces and inefficient stoves for cooking and heating, putting them at serious risk of health problems and premature death. ISO 19869, Clean kitchen stoves and cooking wash solutions – field test methods for gas stoves, is a powerful tool for developing cleaner cookware. It provides a tool for evaluating existing methods for stove testing as well as guidance on developing new methods.
save the planet
ISO also has many standards that support ways to reduce air pollution; Like the standards of electric cars, hybrids. These include ISO 20762, Electric road vehicles – Determination of power for hybrid electric vehicle propulsion and ISO 23274 Hybrid-electric road vehicles – Emissions and fuel consumption measurements.
All of these standards contribute to many of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, including those on health and well-being (SDG 3), affordable and clean energy (SDG 7) and climate action (SDG 13).
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