ISO standards help develop new toilet technology that will save millions of lives

New ISO International Standard for revolutionary sanitation systems launched at the Reinvented Toilet Expo, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, held in Beijing today.

“International Standards are key to the progression of new sanitation technology and developing an industry that saves lives,” said ISO Secretary-General Sergio Mujica at the Reinvented Toilet Expo held today in Beijing, China. Mujica was speaking on a high-level panel as part of the opening plenary that featured Bill Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Dr Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank, as well as other leading representatives from industry and government.

The panel, which is part of the three-day Reinvented Toilet Expo summit, discussed commitments to non-sewered sanitation and actions required to develop the industry, including standardization. Reinvented toilet technology is all about stand-alone sanitation systems that safely treat waste without the need to be connected to a traditional sewerage system. It is designed to revolutionize the lives of billions of people around the world who lack sufficient clean sanitation systems, saving lives and improving well-being.

Keynote speaker Bill Gates said: “This expo showcases, for the first time, radically new and pilot-tested approaches to sanitation that will provide effective alternatives for collecting, managing and treating human waste. The technologies you’ll see here are the most significant advances in sanitation in nearly two hundred years.”

This technology can be supported and further developed with the launch of the world’s first dedicated International Standard. ISO 30500Non-sewered sanitation systems – Prefabricated integrated treatment units – General safety and performance requirements for design and testing, provides safety and performance requirements that will not only enable their effective manufacture, but the development of the sector as a whole.

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By Clare Naden

 

 

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ISO and Climate Change

There has been a fierce debate on the climate issue for a long time, and doubts have been raised about the human impact on the earth’s climate, as well as what this might mean. However, even at the highest political level in some of the most powerful countries, the case to disregard human impact on climate change is slowly disintegrating.

The world is slowly getting to where it wants to be, where a blanket understanding of climate change is concerned. There is also a gradual acceptance that the consequences of climate change have now joined war as the major perceived threats of the future; these two areas are also inextricably linked.

While several countries look to solve the challenges faced, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) accepts that this cannot happen without collaboration. The climate has no borders, and neither does ISO. One example of the work the ISO has done is the development of the ISO 14080 on greenhouse gas management, which is designed to be an umbrella standard for all types of organizations that develop and identify methods for analyzing needs and implementing climate actions.

To read more about what the ISO is doing about climate change, read here.

 

 

Source BSJ