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.
Learn more about ISO and Climate change.

Useful publications

Cover of ISO & energy

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

Cover of ISO-50001- Energy management system

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

Cover of ISOfocus November/December 2016 - The rise of energy efficiency

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

New ISO standard for the safe bunkering of LNG-fuelled ships

by Sandrine Tranchard

Some ships in northern Europe have been using liquefied natural gas (LNG) as their fuel source for over a decade, with an extremely good safety record. As the use of LNG fuelled vessels spreads to other parts of the world and many more parties became involved, the need to standardize LNG bunkering operations at the international level became apparent. A new ISO standard will ensure LNG-fuelled vessels can bunker in a safe and sustainable way.

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Making dreams fly: the Solar Impulse story

Solar Impulse made history by circumnavigating the entire world using only solar energy. The daring designers of electric aircraft have made a lot of progress recently and such experimental models will one day bring electric propulsion technology to aviation. Itʼs only a matter of time.

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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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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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