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

“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.

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The 11 cities most likely to run out of drinking water

Cape Town is in the unenviable situation of being the first major city in the modern era to face the threat of running out of drinking water.

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A 10-month long drought dried up this lake near Istanbul

The plight of the drought-hit South African city is just one extreme example of a problem that experts have long been warning about – water scarcity. Despite covering about 70% of the Earth’s surface, water, especially drinking water, is not as plentiful as one might think. Only 3% of it is fresh.

Over one billion people lack access to water and another 2.7 billion find it scarce for at least one month of the year. A 2014 survey of the world’s 500 largest cities estimates that one in four are in a situation of “water stress”.

According to UN-endorsed projections, global demand for fresh water will exceed supply by 40% in 2030, thanks to a combination of climate change, human action and population growth.

It shouldn’t be a surprise, then, that Cape Town is just the tip of the iceberg. Here are the other 11 cities most likely to run out of water.

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ISO 50001 highlighted as key tool for climate action at Clean Energy Ministerial

With energy one of the most critical challenges facing the international community, the revision of ISO 50001 on energy management systems was given a major boost at the recently concluded Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM8), a high-level global forum working to advance clean energy globally.

Energy ministers and high-level decision makers, together with technical experts and private-sector leaders, gathered in Beijing, China, for the CEM8 to discuss how to scale renewables, improve efficiency and cooperate on clean energy initiatives.

Developers responsible for ISO 50001 also met in Beijing at the annual meeting of ISO technical committee ISO/TC 301, Energy management and energy savings. One of the main outcomes of the plenary was the revision of ISO 50001, which after six years of existence is being updated to ensure it remains a useful tool for all types of businesses and organizations around the world.

Sufficient progress and consensus were achieved to enable the revision of ISO 50001 to move to a Draft International Standard, which is expected to be completed and released within three months. Publication of the new edition of ISO 50001 as an International Standard is currently planned for November/December 2018.

Deann Desai, Convenor of the working group revising the energy standard, commented on its improvements: “One of the main changes for the 2018 version is in the incorporation of the High-Level Structure which provides for improved compatibility with other management systems standards. There are other improvements in the 2018 version to help ensure that the key concepts related to energy performance are clear for small and mid-size businesses.”


Published in 2011, ISO 50001 transforms the way organizations manage their energy, offering companies a comprehensive approach to continually improve energy performance, sustainability and their bottom line. It has value both as a best-practice model and as a global benchmark for climate and clean energy action. In fact, nearly 12 000 organizations were already certified to the standard at the end of 2015 – up 77 % from the previous year.

CEM analysis shows that implementation of the ISO 50001 standard across the commercial and industrial sectors globally could drive cumulative energy savings of approximately 62 exajoules by 2030, sparing nearly USD 600 billion in energy costs and avoiding 6 500 million metric tonnes of CO2 emissions. The projected annual emissions savings are equivalent to removing 215 million passenger vehicles from the road.

For further information on ISO 50001 and what stage it has reached in its development, see our page on energy management systems.


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China’s new cyber security law leaves foreign firms guessing

China is gearing up to enforce its new cybersecurity law, but foreign companies don’t know much about it, which is causing headaches.

According to a report in The New York Times, the law, which was approved in 2016 and takes effect today (01 June 2017), is aimed at helping Beijing control the internet within the borders of the country. Officials in China have said the rules will help protect against cyberattacks and terrorism, but concerns abound, particularly from businesses.

The law will have a big impact on how business is done in China, Michael Chang, an executive with the Finnish technology company Nokia and the vice president of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China told the New York Times the law will have a huge impact on how companies conduct business in China and said there is a lot of confusion from business owners.

Under the new rules, companies would have to keep their data within the country and would face security checks if they operate in industries, including finance and communications. Individual users have to register their real names in order to be able to use messaging services, noted the report.

Passengers look at smartphones on a subway train in Chengdu, China.

“Companies need to be fully up to speed with [the law’s] requirements, especially network operators managing data,” says Han Lai, the China Country Manager for digital forensics and eDiscovery specialist KrolLDiscovery in Shanghai.Up until now, its rules have not been clearly defined or regularly enforced, but this new law is looking to change that.”

“This will affect the majority of foreign companies that operate in China, in particular those which use their global infrastructure and IT resources to operate their business in China, as the original data collected, including business data and customer data within China will typically be stored directly in the data centres or servers physically located overseas,” says Lai.

Sources: CFO Innovation / Pymnts

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