SON advocates protection of planet on World Standards Day


The Standards Organisation of Nigeria and other experts in international standardisation, have advocated substantial reduction in human impact and protection of the planet.

They are equally seeking political will, concrete action and the right tools among other international standards to protect the planet.

These were contained in a statement from the office of the Director General, Standards Organisation of Nigeria, Mallam Farouk Salim.

This year’s theme of the WSD being coordinated by the International Electrotechnical Commission, International Organisation for Standardisation and the International Telecommunications Union is ‘Protecting the Planet with Standards.’

Salim had noted that rapid population growth and broad urbanisation called for the responsible use of limited resources.

He explained that this year’s advocacy was predicated on the human and large scale industrial activities which modern civilisation have added to earth’s natural greenhouse gases which negatively impact the climate and with it, all forms of life.

He added that the International Standards prepared by IEC, ISO and ITU took into account tried and true solutions to technical challenges as well as help share expertise and expert know-how broadly, within developed and developing countries alike.

He stated that Standards covered all aspects of energy savings, water and air quality, while it spelt out standardised protocols and methods of measurement.

Salim said their broad use helped reduce the environmental impact of industrial production and processes, and “facilitates the reuse of limited resources and improves energy efficiency.”

The SON boss said his organisation was committed to propagating the global standards through adoption and modification for local use, manpower training through seminars, workshops, consumer enlightenment activities and certification of products, processes and systems using international standards.

Salim called on all Nigerians to join the quality vanguard and continue to support SON in its quest to improve the lives of Nigerians through standards and quality assurance activities as well as protecting the environment for sustainability.

These,according to him, can be achieved through reduction in throwaway, reuse and recycle, and landfill of spaces as well as spreading information on the importance and value of our natural resources.

Other conservation ideas proposed by Salim include “volunteering for clean ups in communities, more efficient use of water to avoid waste, use of energy efficient appliances, planting of trees to provide food and oxygen as well as use of non-toxic chemicals at homes and in offices.”


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