Energy efficiency and renewables

Reducing energy consumption and the dependancy 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 150 of our 19 500 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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Never tire of saving energy! ISO 50001 is a win-win for Bridgestone

by Garry Lambert

By the end of 2012, the energy management systems of more than 1000 organizations in 50 countries had been certified to ISO 50001, only 18 months after its publication. Many are major global enterprises seeking to achieve continual improvement in energy performance, including enhanced energy efficiency, and reduced energy use and consumption.

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Future cities - Building on energy efficiency

by Dick (H. A. L.) van Dijk & Essam E. Khalil

Energy consumption in buildings – including climate control, appliances, lighting and other installed equipment – represents nearly 40 % of the world’s total energy use. There are many ways to reduce these energy requirements, and the potential savings from energy efficiency in the building sector would contribute substantially to a worldwide reduction in energy consumption.

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How to find standards on energy efficiency and renewables

More than 150 of our 19 500 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 and standards are expected to be published soon:

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  • ISO 14001:2004
    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 14065:2007
    Greenhouse gases -- Requirements for greenhouse gas validation and verification bodies for use in accreditation or other forms of recognition

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