ISO and IEC standard will provide shared international language for energy efficiency and renewables
Future International Standard harmonizing energy efficiency and renewable sources terminology
Geneva, Switzerland, 2010-03-02– International dialogue on energy will be facilitated by a future International Standard harmonizing energy efficiency and renewable sources terminology.
The standard will be developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), within the joint project committee ISO/IEC JPC 2, Energy efficiency and renewable energy sources – Common terminology.
The International Standard will identify and define terms used in the field of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. It will support the metrics, calculation and assessment methods, methodologies and best practice, needed by policy makers, industry, standards writers and many other stakeholders.
Currently, 40 countries are involved as participants and observers, eight of which actively participated in the committee’s first plenary meeting. Held in January 2010, the event was hosted by AFNOR (ISO member for France), which holds the Secretariat for ISO/IEC JPC 2.
At the meeting, participants confirmed the scope and title of the committee. Specialized working groups were then established to efficiently tackle the different concepts, focusing either on renewables or energy efficiency."
Chair of ISO/IEC JPC 2, Hervé Lefebvre commented: “It is clear today that both energy efficiency and the need for renewable energy sources are at the top of the world’s policy agenda. Not only are they important to ensure energy security, but also to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while enhancing economic development objectives.
This has drawn a plurality of actors from different sectors: energy, building, industry, transport, agriculture, equipment and network design, services, etc., as well as public authorities, NGOs, and other stakeholders. Harmonized definitions are in this context a prerequisite to enable the different stakeholders to work together and develop shared tools.
“A globally harmonized standard for terminology in this area is indispensable for progress.” concluded Mr. Lefebvre.
The International Standard is expected to support and facilitate global understanding of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources and contribute to:
- The elaboration of regional and national regulations
- Clarification of relations between providers and clients (procurement, contracts, services).
- Standards writing; coordination between the different standardization technical committees working in related subjects; users’ understanding of the standards and their application