Issue 52 – August 2013
The national member body of International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in Israel, SSI, is hosting a workshop on multiple resource productivity. We noted in the May 2013 issue of Touchstone that the workshop would be held in July 2013. However, the workshop has been postponed to 21 – 24 October 2013, to coincide with the Water Technology and Environment Council conference and exhibition, in Haifa, Israel.
There is an increasing understanding that basic resources such as water, energy, and land (food, biodiversity, and so on) are interlinked and interdependent, and that each project concerning one of them should be assessed for its impact on all of them. As a result, the need for a common assessment methodology and modelling process is required to be accepted internationally.
The impact on each basic resource, positive or negative, needs to be assessed using a common methodology that will allow for the addition of new resources into the assessment, and for the assessment to be conducted according to commonly-agreed methodology. The objective of the workshop is to conclude an International Workshop Agreement, which will be published by ISO.