International Standardization Summit

The International Standardization Summit was held by the Turkish Standards Institution on October 14, World Standards Day in Istanbul with the theme of "Sustainable Development Goals Standards and Our Common Vision for a Better World".

Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank, TSE President Mahmut Sami Şahin, European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) President Wolfgang Niedziella, International Organization for Standardization  (ISO) Deputy Secretary General Silvio Dulinsky, European Committee for Standardization (CEN) President Stefano Calzolari, The International Certification Network (IQNET) President Alex Stoichitoiu, Standards and Metrology Institute for Islamic Countries (SMIIC) Secretary General İhsan Övüt and many guests from national and international organizations attended the Summit.

On October 14, World Standards Day, the Turkish Standards Institution (TSE) organized the International Standardization Summit in Istanbul.

In his opening remarks at the summit organized with the theme "Sustainable Development Goals Standards and Our Common Vision for a Better World," Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank who emphasized that the world has recently faced many challenges, drew attention to the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, the condition of the world's wars, and finally the global energy crisis.

Varank stated that the competitive conditions in the global economy have been reshaped as a result of these global developments, and said, "We follow the problems experienced in the Far East or the energy problems that arise in developed countries together. In similes, there is no room for error; I compare these developments to the twilight before dawn. The world economy will undoubtedly rebalance. But the real question is how this balance will be established, and who will have a say inside it. Of course, every crisis brings with it new opportunities. As a result, countries are rushing to seize these opportunities and move up the value chains of the new order. You will recognize, nevertheless, that this is not a task that can simply be accomplished by requesting. This can be accomplished through science, technology, and innovation. Whoever develops innovative products and technologies that provide long-term solutions to the world's problems will hold power. Türkiye, which has been at the center of many global developments and has always sided with a solution, is one of the first countries that comes to mind in this regard. We are taking decisive steps to seize this once-in-a-century wind of transformation and make the next period the "Century of Türkiye." With this awareness, we presented our Vision for the National Technology Move under the leadership of our President. We are working hard to make our country not only a market but also a global producer of critical technologies. We have constructed a sustainable production infrastructure based on R&D, technology, and innovation thanks to the significant investments we have made over the past 20 years.

"Our industrialists will be more competitive in international markets if TSE is stronger."

In addition to the production and export capacity reached in the automotive, iron-steel, white goods, and many other sectors, Varank stated that they also carried out work that had a global impact in many critical areas ranging from aviation to space, the defense industry to electric vehicles, software to artificial intelligence. "Therefore, the path to becoming an owner is to set the standard for innovative products and services." Standards, as you are aware, enable countries to have a strong presence in global trade by fostering trust between producers and consumers. As a result, it is critical for our country to be the party that not only complies with the standards, but also determines or actively contributes to their establishment. This viewpoint helps us understand better the vital role that the Turkish Standards Institution plays. On the one hand, TSE enables our industrialists to access global markets with the standards it has developed. On the other hand, it provides the necessary, certification, inspection-surveillance, testing and training services. With its expertise in standards and conformity evaluation, TSE currently leads both the region's countries and the Islamic world. Of course, our ultimate goal is to make TSE a leading institution that is more preferred in the international community. Because we are aware that our industrialists will be more competitive in international markets if TSE is stronger. In this regard, we make significant efforts to participate actively in international and regional standardization organizations. Our efforts are, of course, important, but we expect our stakeholders to participate actively alongside us. Therefore, I encourage our industrialists and expert stakeholders to participate more in our National Technical Committees, also known as Mirror Committees and to take responsibility. I would like to emphasize that in order to be among the countries that set the standards, we need to increase both the number of our committees and our representation rate on international committees."

Stating that new standards have been set for products and their production processes with the Green Deal led by the European Union, Varank said, “This transformation will seriously affect our sales to Europe, our largest export market. Therefore, it is crucial that our industry participate actively in this process under the guidance of TSE. At this point, I am confident that TSE will fulfill its duties and responsibilities in all areas, particularly green Organized Industrial Site certification, environmental labeling and waste management, electric vehicle and charging infrastructures. On the other hand, as you are aware, renewable energy is one of the key sectors supporting the green transition. Our efforts to expand capacity in this area continue to rise every year as we move closer to our objective of becoming the leading country for renewable energy. With the rapid development of the renewable energy sector, photovoltaic modules are in high demand in our country and around the world. However, it is critical to test these modules for power values, efficiency, climatic resistance and life and property safety. TSE began to offer standardization, laboratory, certification, surveillance-inspection, calibration and training services to manufacturers and investors in this field in response to these developments. We established a Photovoltaic Module Test Laboratory to our nation in 2014. The expertise and capacity of this laboratory have risen significantly as a result of the additional investments we made. As soon as this laboratory begins to operate;

We prevented manufacturers from dependence on foreign testing instutions and ensured that engineering studies and capital remained in our country.

More significantly, we paved the way for R&D studies on larger photovoltaic modules using new emerging technologies.

TSE has reached a structure that provides test services to its region and Europe as a result of this laboratory investment that strengthens our country's energy.

On this occasion, I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the construction of this laboratory, which will assist our nation achieve its goal of becoming a center in renewable energy."

Mustafa Varank, Minister of Industry and Technology noted that digital technologies are one of the engines driving green transformation and sustainability. He added, "We have started a new certification program with TSE to ensure the sector's compliance with the market conditions in our country and to provide quality assurance to the end user. Within the framework of this program, which we call the Sustainable Data Center Certification Program, we conduct comprehensive audits in data centers. We issue certificates such as Green Data Center, Carbon Neutral Data Center and Sustainable Data Center based on the results of the audits. We paved the way for data center investors and operators to easily access conformity assessment activities with the launch of this new service. As a result, we enabled the establishment of new centers to serve strategic institutions and organizations, while also ensuring that critical data remained within our borders.

Stating that Turkish Standards Institution will continue to open new horizons for Türkiye’s ever-strengthening and diversifying production infrastructure with its 68-year history Varank pointed out  that Türkiye’s goal of becoming one of the world's top ten economies cannot be accessed without the vision and effort of TSE; every employee and stakeholder of TSE has great responsibilities on this journey.

“The certificates issued by TSE are recognized in Europe and all over the world”

TSE President Mahmut Sami Şahin stated in his opening speech that TSE's certification services are carried out in accordance with national and international standards and that the certificates issued by TSE are recognized in Europe and all over the world.

TSE President Şahin stated that they provide services within the framework of national and international accreditation with 23 test and 3 calibration laboratories in 17 different premises in 11 provinces throughout the country to meet the needs and expectations of industrialists. "This capacity will have grown further with the Quality Campus, which is under construction on an area of 97 thousand square meters in Ankara," he added.

Şahin stated that making all types of products and services 'sustainable' within the framework of the rules is no longer a choice but a necessity in today's world. "Following the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism, that will come into effect with the limitation of greenhouse gas emissions, which is the leading cause of global climate change, our Institution is taking the necessary steps in this regard so that our industrialists will be prepared for any regulations they may encounter and will not lose their competitiveness. We have been providing verification services since 2013, submitting emission reports prepared by organizations to an independent evaluation. We use our experience in this field to participate in seminars organized by chambers of commerce, organized industrial zones, and NGOs, as well as to carry out informational activities. Additionally, we conduct research to improve the technical capacity of companies and organize trainings on the calculation of greenhouse gas emissions. By presenting realistic and practical plans regarding climate change and sustainability, our Institution has started a Sustainable Transformation Program to provide access for companies with innovative solutions and is now prepared to offer any services that our industrialists may require during this process.”

Stating that  'sustainable finance' is one of the issues that has grown in importance in recent years Şahin said " "Sustainable finance is a type of financing that takes environmental, social, and governance issues into account when providing funds to investors. This financing, which considers non-financial factors as well as legislative risks when making investment decisions, provides numerous benefits in environmental and social issues. As TSE, we began to provide the conformity assessment services that the financial sector required in this area."

At the end of his speech, TSE President Mahmut Sami Şahin expressed his belief that the International Standardization Summit, which was organized with the theme of "Sustainability," would raise awareness in order to leave a livable world to future generations and that the speeches given during the sessions would contribute to this process.

TSE President Şahin stated that the first sapling was planted in the name of Minister of Industry and Technology, Mustafa Varank in the Memorial Grove established in memory of the International Standardization Summit on TSE Temelli Campus, which is currently under construction, and a souvenir sapling was planted on behalf of all Summit participants who will make a speech.

Following the opening speeches at the award ceremony;

Within the scope of establishing the "Deposit Management System" studies based on standards and quality, the Turkish Environment Agency was granted an award in the "Environment and Sustainability" category.

The Turkish Exporters Assembly was granted an award for its efforts to initiate the work of the criterion, which will be prepared with the contribution of all stakeholders related to the Ministry of Commerce, by triggering the publication of a criterion in our country within the scope of determining the criteria of 'Standardization' and in particular 'Women Entrepreneur' in the 'Active Sector, Assembly, NGO' category.

The Ministry of Trade was granted an award in the category "Environment and Sustainability" for its contributions to standardization processes within the scope of "Work in the field of environmental safety and sustainability," as well as its efforts to ensure standard compliance.

International Standardization Panel

After the award ceremony, the International Standardization Panel was held. The speakers of the panel, titled “International Standardization for a Sustainable World” and moderated by TSE Secretary General Aykut Kırbaş, are CENELEC President Wolfgang Niedziella, ISO Deputy Secretary General Silvio Dulinsky, SMIIC Secretary General İhsan Övüt, IQNET President Alex Stoichitoiu and CEN President Stefano Calzolari.

Following lunch, the Summit session continued with a panel titled "Green Transformation and Sustainability in Türkiye." Deputy Director General of Ministry of Trade International Agreements and EU Bahar Güçlü, Turkish Exporters Assembly Deputy Secretary General Kübra Ulutaş, Istanbul Chamber of Industry Deputy Secretary General Burçin Deirmenciolu, Turkish Airlines Corporate Sustainability Management Manager Deniz Daştan and Director of Kalyon PV Solar Technologies Technical Services Ercan Muti participated in the panel moderated by TSE Deputy Secretary General and President of the Conformity Assessment Association (UDDER), Hüseyin Alper Türedi.


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