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News release – 2009 Number 05

Public and private sector experts meet to boost international standardization in support of energy efficiency

The importance of standards for energy efficiency and carbon reduction


Geneva, Switzerland, 2009-03-11 More than 250 private sector experts and public policy makers from all over the world will gather in Paris on 16-17 March 2009 for an international workshop on International Standards to Promote Energy Efficiency and Reduce Carbon Emissions.


The importance of standards for energy efficiency and carbon reduction.

The workshop is jointly organized by the International Energy Agency (IEA), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). Its principal objective is to map out the most important areas where International Standards are required to support energy efficiency and reduction of carbon emissions.


The key technical, policy and administrative themes pertaining to energy efficiency standardization will be discussed, with a view to reach conclusions that can be fed into relevant high-level international processes, strengthening the cooperation between public and private sector.


With volatile energy prices and growing energy security and climate change pressures, the need to effectively conserve energy in all sectors of the economy has never been higher. From 2005 onwards, the IEA energy ministerial meetings on energy and G8 summits have put energy efficiency improvement at the top of the policy agenda. This is in recognition of the key role it has to play in increasing energy security and in reducing greenhouse gas emissions while enhancing economic development.


Energy efficiency gains over the last four decades have already contributed more to energy services than any single fuel. The IEA has estimated that additional energy efficiency gains have the potential to achieve approximately half the public policy objective of bringing global energy-related CO2 emissions to 50 % of 2000 levels by 2050. It believes that this can be delivered at less cost to society than energy services provided via conventional energy supplies.


At the last 2008 G8 summit in Hokkaido, Japan, G8 leaders committed themselves to maximising their implementation of 25 energy efficiency policy measures recommended by the IEA which cover all major energy end-uses. If all economies adopted these measures, they could reduce global energy demand by 20 % in 2030.


Yet none of these measures can be implemented without technical standards to define and measure energy efficiency performance and without standardized methodologies to support the implementation of energy efficiency practices. Such technical standards are a key component underpinning all public- and private-sector actions to raise energy efficiency.


While much energy efficiency standardization work has already been done, a great deal still remains to cover all energy end-uses and to measure energy efficiency progressions from the micro to macro level.


It is for this reason that the IEA, ISO and IEC have combined their resources to promote the issue. They have established high-level committees to assess gaps in current energy efficiency standards portfolios, issued a joint position paper on the topic (in support of the G8 plan of action) and committed themselves to accelerate the rate of standards development in this field.


IEC Contact

Gabriela Ehrlich
Head of Communications
Tel: +41 22 919 02 78
Email: Gabriela Ehrlich


ISO Contact

Roger Frost
Manager Communication Services
Tel: +41 22 749 01 11
Email: Roger Frost