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Energy efficiency and renewables

Reducing energy consumption and the dependency on fossil fuels is a major challenge. Governments, organizations and corporations around the world must work together in order to move towards a more sustainable future.

ISO International Standards can help solve the energy challenge by:

Over 200 of our 21000 standards are related to energy efficiency and renewables. These range from the energy management system standard ISO 50001 that can be used by any organization in any sector, to standards specific to certain sectors, such as building or transportation.

We also have standards related to greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.
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Useful publications

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How ISO standards can help work towards a cleaner, more sustainable future

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Learn more about ISO’s standard for helping organizations manage their energy performance

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Experts give us their thoughts on the impact that energy efficiency can have on climate change around the globe and the standards being developed to address the growing market.

Useful articles

Google - Creating a more energy-efficient Web

Google has a long-standing commitment to the environment and energy efficiency. It used ISO 50001 as a framework to establish a more structured and formalized energy management system and achieve recognition for its efforts. Bolstered by the programmeʼs success, the company continues to reduce its energy use and emissions through improved efficiency. Here, Laura Franceschini, Program Manager, Data Center Sustainability at Google, examines best practice.

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Does ISO 50001 still live up to its promise?

by Maria Lazarte

ISO 50001 is under revision after its first five years of service. But as the energy management standard that held so much promise for a clean energy future enters this new stage, the time is ripe to ask the question : " How has it done so far ? "

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Fighting the fossil fuel challenge

Energy efficiency is one of the most effective ways of tackling climate change. But with energy consumption on the rise, what can be done ? Here, Brian Motherway, Head of Energy Efficiency at the International Energy Agency (IEA), tells us how standards are essential tools in driving our use of energy down.

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How to find standards on energy efficiency and renewables

More than 200 of our 21000 standards are related to energy efficiency and renewables. ISO International Standards are designed by groups of experts called technical committees, each concentrating on a specific subject.

One way to find standards on a specific topic is to search the work of a particular technical committee. Click on the links below to see the standards published by each technical committee.

The technical committees working on energy efficiency and renewables include:

We are also active in the following areas:

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  • ISO 14001:2015
    Environmental management systems -- Requirements with guidance for use
  • ISO 14064-1:2006
    Greenhouse gases -- Part 1: Specification with guidance at the organization level for quantification and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions and removals
  • ISO 14065:2013
    Greenhouse gases -- Requirements for greenhouse gas validation and verification bodies for use in accreditation or other forms of recognition

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