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ISO solutions for energy efficiency and renewables are the subject of a new brochure – ISO & energy – which provides a concise overview of International Standards available and how they can help.

Energy efficiency and renewables are crucial to meet the world’s energy demand and reduce up to 40 % of carbon emissions by 2050, key for a sustainable social, economic and environmental future. The brochure argues that the energy challenge cuts across borders and requires the concerted effort of all countries.

ISO International Standards are developed with all stakeholders on board: industry, government and consumers. They represent global consensus on practical technological best practice that can be implemented everywhere. ISO standards help drive and disseminate innovative solutions in both developed and developing countries. They are therefore powerful tools for taking action on global challenges.

Out of a total of over 19 500 published ISO standards, over 155 relate to energy efficiency and renewables, and many more are in development. They cover both generic subjects such as energy management and energy savings, as well as sector specific solutions for buildings, IT and household appliances, industrial processes and transport among others. ISO standards for renewables tackle subjects such as bioenergy, biofuels and solar power.

The brochure argues that because organizations can use ISO standards for energy and renewables to commit to sustainability, while saving costs and avoiding reinventing the wheel, they are also good for business.

ISO works closely with key organizations in the energy field, such as the International Energy Agency (IEA), the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the World Energy Council (WEC) and the Efficiency Valuation Organization (EVO), as well as sectoral organizations like the International Commission on Illumination (CIE).

The brochure, ISO & energy, published in English and French, is available free of charge from the ISO Central Secretariat through the ISO Store or by contacting the Marketing, Communication & Information department. It can also be obtained from ISO national member institutes (see the complete list with contact details).

ISO & energy

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