European and global standardisation bodies have claimed a special role in helping achieve improved environmental protection in statements marking Sunday's 32nd world standards day, which focused on environmental issues.
Global standardisation organisations ISO, IEC and ITU cited standards as a "primary tool" in helping business resolve environmental issues. International standards, they say, are globally applicable, cost-effective, and allow all countries to take advantage of the knowledge and experience gained in the more advanced economies. Being voluntary "they can be used and acted upon before legal requirements are introduced".
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