CEN Strategic Advisory Body on Environment (SABE) organization 

In order to carry out its tasks, SABE has defined the following working structure:

Strategic issues: Environmental Monitoring Strategy Team (ENV)
Products and services: ENvironmental Issues in Standardization (ENIS)
Environmental Management: Environmental Management Team (EMT)
These Environmental Teams are responsible for defined tasks.

For specific subjects, the Teams can install Working Groups (WG) or Task Forces (TF). They have a limited task to be fulfilled with a set period of time, after which the WG or TF will be disbanded. They can perform in-depth studies for standardisation, in particular for mandated work.

The Teams can also have an advisory function to other CEN bodies within the mandate from SABE.

Proposals and outcomes of activities of SABE and its Teams must be clear and transparent.

ENV - Environmental Monitoring Strategy Team

Focus: Standardisation needs in environmental measurements and monitoring
ENV supports SABE in its advisory role in the field of monitoring and measurement systems by organising strategic discussions, such as on how European measurement and monitoring standards can support European environmental policy.
The main tasks of ENV are to:
  • anticipate at an early stage the standardization needs or demands;
  • facilitate exchanges between science, industry and policy communities in order to encourage more rapid uptake of the innovative research results (better methods, new technologies, innovative monitoring strategies etc.) in standards;
  • ensure a better understanding of the demands of industry and end-users who have to fulfill environmental requirements;
  • improve networking with relevant stakeholders dealing with different environmental media, with a view to strenghthen harmonisation of standardization activities in support of air, water, waste, sludge and soil (enhancer) policies;
  • to promote the use of European environmental standards.

The ENV Team leader is Ms Valeria Dulio (from INERIS)

ENIS - Environmental Issues in Standardization

Focus: Environmental aspects in product standards (including services)
ENIS assists SABE in its adivsory role by preparing draft positions on:
  • EU environmental policy regarding environmental aspects in product standards (monitoring, analysing impacts on standardisation, proposals for implementation into the CEN work flows);
  • Mandates from the EC regarding subjects within its scope, and subsequent follow-up.

Moreover, SABE has delegated the following tasks to ENIS:

  • Regularly reviewing the activities of the CEN Environmental Helpdesk (EHD) and to assist the EHD with several tasks;
  • Assist the development, maintenance and if necessary the revision of various CEN enviromental supporting tools, e.g. the CEN Guide 4, CEN Environmental Sector Guides;
  • Keep close contact, collaborate and exchange knowledge with national focal points and/or national groups dealing with the inclusion of environmental aspects into standards;
  • Assist in the development of a training programme on standardisation for environmental experts as well as environmental training for standardisation experts;
    Review the systematic integration of environmental aspects in non-mandated product standards;
  • Propose public relation activities and subsequent follow-up.

The ENIS Team leader is Mr Reiner HAGER (from DIN)

EMT - Environmental Management Team

Focus: monitor and consider issues in the following areas related to the environmental aspects of environmental management:
  • Environmental Management (ISO 14000-series and EMAS)
  • Energy Management
  • Social Responsibility
  • Integrated use of Management Systems
The EMT has the task to:
  • Assist SABE in developing a consistent CEN Environmental Tools and Management Strategy and revise whenever appropriate;
  • Follow-up on European Environmental Policy:
    Monitor important developments in European policy concerning standardisation and environmental management;
  • Analyse the impacts on European standardisation;
  • Propose to SABE how to implement these policies into the CEN work flow.
  • Assist and comment on the elaboration and follow-up of mandates from the EC to CEN concerning environmental management relevant standardisation;
  • Assist the development, maintenance and if necessary the revision of other CEN supporting tools within the scope;
  • Provide support to SABE for public relation activities regarding areas within the scope.
Moreover, SABE has delegated the following task to EMT:
  • Monitor the progress of the Adaptation to Climate Change Co-ordination Group (ACC CG) and the ISO TC 207 SC7 work on climate change to make sure there is no duplication of work.