Experts present the results of the German Standardization Panel 2024.

Presented the results of the German Standardization Panel 2024: (from left) Dr. Ole Janssen (BMWK), Luzie Kromer (TU Berlin), Prof. Dr. Knut Blind (TU Berlin and Fraunhofer ISI), Sibylle Gabler (DIN) and Dr. Kurt D. Bettenhausen (DKE).

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2024-06-25 press release

European and international standards drive green and digital transformation

The results of the German Standardization Panel 2024 were presented in Berlin today. The focus is on the relevance of European and international standards in the context of the green and digital transformation.

(Berlin/Frankfurt a. M., 25 June 2024) DIN and DKE today published the results of the 12th survey round of the German Standardization Panel. The organizations surveyed, primarily companies, emphasize the need to further develop standards for the digital and green transition and to take greater account of research results and international networking. 

The survey conducted by the Technische Universität Berlin from October 2023 to January 2024 included information from over 1,600 companies. The standardization panel provides valuable insights into developments and trends in standardization. The annual survey has been conducted since 2012 and has been under the patronage of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection since 2016. 

Great interest in safety and resilience as well as the circular economy 

The results of this year's standardization panel show the areas in which industry is particularly interested in standards for the green and digital transition. The need for standards in this context is considered to be high. However, the majority of the organizations surveyed are not yet active in standardization for the green or digital transformation. The researchers also found that standards in the context of security and resilience as well as the circular economy are seen as particularly beneficial. In the digital field, there is great interest in the topics of data interoperability, artificial intelligence and digital product passports.

Strengthening innovative power and competitiveness

Prof. Dr. Knut Blind from TU Berlin and Fraunhofer ISI comments on the results: "The green and digital transformation requires quickly recognized international standards to ensure that new technologies are implemented safely and sustainably. Research results should therefore be incorporated into standardization in a timely manner in order to accelerate the development of new technologies and shorten innovation cycles. All this will not only strengthen innovation, but also ensure the competitiveness of the European economy and ultimately contribute to sustainable transformation."
Dr. Kurt D. Bettenhausen, Chairman of the DKE Council, emphasizes: "In the green and digital transformation, a strong connection to international standards is crucial. International networking and the presumption of conformity of European standards are crucial for their global acceptance and success. International standards promote global trade and dismantle technical barriers. It is important that we step up our efforts to ensure that European standards can be recognized and used worldwide." 

Sibylle Gabler, Member of the Executive Board of DIN: "Standards are already supporting the green and digital transformation, providing guidance and assistance. However, the results of the German Standardization Panel also show us that there is a need for even greater involvement of stakeholders from business, science, the public sector and civil society. We therefore invite all interested parties to the standardization round table in order to shape our future topics together."      

About the German Standardization Panel

For the German Standardization Panel, researchers led by Professor Dr. Knut Blind regularly ask about the importance of standards for companies. The project is supported by the national standardization organizations DIN and DKE under the patronage of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection. The German Standardization Panel has so far included data from more than 7,000 different companies, including more than half of the DAX 40 companies as well as many small and medium-sized enterprises. Among other things, the data collected helps to gain new scientific insights into the topic of standardization for research. Further information and the complete results can be found at

About DIN 

DIN, the German Institute for Standardization, is the independent platform for standardization in Germany and worldwide. Together with industry, scientific institutions, public authorities and civil society as a whole, DIN plays a major role in identifying future areas for standardization. By helping to shape the green and digital transformation, DIN makes an important contribution towards solving current challenges and enables new technologies, products and processes to establish themselves on the market and in society. More than 37,500 experts from industry, research, consumer protection and the public sector bring their expertise to work on standardization projects managed by DIN. The results of these efforts are market-oriented standards and specifications that promote global trade, encouraging rationalization, quality assurance and environmental protection as well as improving security and communication. 

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About DKE

The DKE German Commission for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies (DKE) is the national platform for about 10,000 experts from industry, science and public administration to elaborate standards and safety specifications for electrical engineering, electronics and information technology. Standards support global trade and, among other things, the safety, interoperability and functionality of products and systems. As a competence centre for electrotechnical standardization, the DKE represents the interests of German industry in European (CENELEC, ETSI) and international standardization organizations (IEC). In addition, the DKE provides comprehensive services in the field of standardization and VDE specifications. 

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