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AENOR, first Spanish company accredited to certify SDG projects

AENOR, first Spanish company accredited to certify SDG projects

08/05/2019

  • With this accreditation AENOR offers SDG-related project certification to the international market.
  • The SDVISta scheme enables the valuation of "assets" other than reduced CO2 emissions, making it distinct from traditional Climate Change mitigation projects.

8 May 2019. AENOR is the first Spanish company to be accredited by the international organisation VERRA, under the new standard "Sustainable Development Verified Impact Standard" (SDVISta), to certify projects by public and private organisations related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

The accreditation allows to AENOR to begin auditing and certifying the processes of those organisations that are developing activities aligned with SDG. In the first phase, AENOR has been accredited for the following objectives: 7 Affordable Energy, 9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities, 12 Responsible Production and Consumption, 13 Climate Action and 15 Life on Land. Even so, work is already underway with VERRA to formally accredit the other SDG.  

The SDVISta scheme allows organisations to obtain real value, as it makes it possible to differentiate their projects from those of their competitors, giving them a better chance of obtaining funding and, in parallel, opening new markets. The certification demonstrates the organisation's commitment through evaluation, in addition to systematic and transparent communication of the economic, social and environmental impacts of its initiatives.

In this sense, the standards reflect the market consensus on best practices in key aspects for the competitiveness of organisations. In the current scenario, in which alliances and collaborations encouraged by the SDG are a crucial factor, standardisation facilitates action aligned with Agenda 2030. In this way, standards based on collaboration and consensus, are a tool that expedites the achievement of SDG.

The initiative is part of AENOR's commitment and philosophy to help the public and private sectors achieve their objectives, whatever their nature, including those deriving from the Paris Agreement and the initiative promoted by the United Nations for Sustainable Development, Agenda 2030.

It should be remembered that this accreditation is in addition to the Gold Standard that AENOR has already been using to work on the SDG with the "Gold Standard for Global Goals" scheme, and that it is the benchmark for environmental strategies and plans that accelerate global progress towards climate security and sustainable development, and which ratify the fact that current efforts are being translated into real impact.

VERRA, which launched SDVISta in January, is a global leader and reference in the certification of mitigation projects in the voluntary field, and proprietor of the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and Climate, Community and Biodiversity (CCB) schemes.