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Technology standards

Technology standards are implemented to mandate the use of specific technologies or production methods that possess a higher environmental performance than current norms.[1] Technology standards can be tailored to be applied across all sectors, including construction or industry. In order to remain functional in the ever-changing socio-technological system, technology standards require continual updating, with regulators requiring high levels of information.[2]


[1] Somanathan E., T. Sterner, T. Sugiyama, D. Chimanikire, N.K. Dubash, J. Essandoh-Yeddu, S. Fifita, L. Goulder, A. Jaffe, X. Labandeira, S. Managi, C. Mitchell, J.P. Montero, F. Teng, and T. Zylicz. 2014. National and Sub-national Policies and Institutions. In: Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change. Contribution of Working Group III to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [Edenhofer, O., R. Pichs-Madruga, Y. Sokona, E. Farahani, S. Kadner, K. Seyboth, A. Adler, I. Baum, S. Brunner, P. Eickemeier, B. Kriemann, J. Savolainen, S. Schlömer, C. von Stechow, T. Zwickel and J.C. Minx (eds.)]. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA.

[2] EC-IILS. 2011. Policy options and instruments for a green economy. European Commission & International Institute for Labour Studies. Joint Discussion Paper Series No. 12. Available online via:

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