Oct 112016

Each year on 14 October, the members of the IEC, ISO and ITU celebrate World Standards Day, which is a means of paying tribute to the collaborative efforts of the thousands of experts worldwide who develop the voluntary technical agreements that are published as international standards.

This year have chosen the motto:

“Standards build trust”


Standards connect us with reliable modes of communication, codes of practice and trusted frameworks for cooperation. Introducing common interpretations on reciprocal sides of a communication or transaction, standards are essential to mutually beneficial trade and resource efficient international commerce.

A product or service conforming to an international standard is imbued with a trusted symbol of quality, safety or compatibility. Standards speak to the diversity of our interconnected world, introducing uniformity at the interfaces where we need to be certain that we are speaking on the same terms.

From AFTA we want to support this kind of initiatives, which represent the consensus view of the world’s leading experts in industry sectors, who puts their knowledge voluntarily on the public interest.

Apr 212016

European Steel Day 2016 will take place on 21 April 2016 from 9:00 till 14:30 at the Concert Noble in Brussels. The theme of this year’s event is: “Building a future as strong as steel”.


This high-level conference will address the key issues facing the European steel industry today, as well as addressing how the industry can prosper in the coming decades.

Hosted by the European Steel Association (EUROFER), key speakers will include key policy makers, top industry executives and vital stakeholder representatives.

Issues that will specifically be addressed include a panel on the Revision of the European Union Emissions Trading System, with another panel focusing on the issues raised by China’s slowing economic performance in the context of the debate surrounding Market Economy Status for that country.

Oct 142015
Today, 14 October 2015, World Standards Day is celebrated; IEC, ISO and ITU this year have chosen the motto “standards: the world’s common language” and the essential role that standards play in transactions, providing a common language through the world.
From AFTA we want to support this kind of initiatives, which represent the consensus view of the world’s leading experts in industry sectors, who puts their knowledge voluntarily on the public interest.
May 122014

On 15 May in Brussels, the leaders of the most influential European Steel Companies will discuss amongst others about  competitiveness in Europe, where energy costs are shooting up, whereas elsewhere in the world Energy prices are declining. While the European steel industry is under threat today, climate change policy demands tons of steel for renewable generation.

“How can European policy makers develop a more balanced energy and climate policy to preserve Europe´s industrial competitiveness up to 2050?”

You can download the programme through the following link. Further information in Eurofer website.

Mar 242014

Last Saturday, 22nd March, it was celebrated the World Water Day 2014. According to the UNWATER, water and energy are closely interlinked and interdependent. Energy generation and transmission requires utilization of water resources, particularly for hydroelectric, nuclear, and thermal energy sources.

Objectives of World Water Day in 2014

  1. Raise awareness of the inter-linkages between water and energy
  2. Contribute to a policy dialogue that focuses on the broad range of issues related to the nexus of water and energy
  3. Demonstrate, through case studies, to decision makers in the energy sector and the water domain that integrated approaches and solutions to water-energy issues can achieve greater economic and social impacts
  4. Identify policy formulation and capacity development issues in which the UN system, in particular UN-Water and UN-Energy, can offer significant contributions
  5. Identify key stakeholders in the water-energy nexus and actively engaging them in further developing the water-energy linkages
  6. Contribute as relevant to the post-2015 discussions in relation to the water-energy nexus.

The main celebrations of World Water Day was organized by UNU and UNIDO on behalf of UN-Water on 20-21 March 2014 and took place at the UNU Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.

Several international organizations, like ISO, have covered such a relevant event.

An international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day.

Previous editions of World Water Days.

Jan 282014

The Second Congress of Comprehensive Restoration in Construction, RIEd, will take place in the Fair of Valencia on February 11th and 12th.

The congress, which has been organised by El Instalador, will focus on five areas, examining the most important aspects of heating installations, insulation, lighting, energy certification, etc. Moreover, real case studies will be solved.

AFTA will pay special attention to such an interesting event.

You can access the complete program through the following link. You can register here.

Feb 142013

From February 12th to 17th it will take place in the Fair form Madrid the 34th edition of the Vocational Training Olympics, Spain Skills 2013, within the Education Week, Aula. The event takes place every two years and it is promoted by the Education Ministry.

This initiative shows the strategic investment in Vocational Trainingin our country. 273 students of every part of Spain will take part in the event, and will be put to the test in the 32 disciplines of the competition.

You can access the schedule through the following link, as well as to the competition basis. Moreover, some of the sponsors are monitoring the related news though the social networks.

From AFTA we want to show our commitment with the Vocational Training as an essential method to guarantee the qualification of the professionals, as well as to promote the improvement of the installations quality.

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