Press Release 15 November 2007
INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS ARE KEY FOR PROMOTING EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLES
Rome, 15 November, 2007 - The World Energy Congress included a session on the role of International Standards, in collaboration with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). It provided an overview of the key role that International Standards can play in supporting the development and promotion of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources.
International Standards of the type produced by ISO and IEC were indeed recognized as part of the solution to today's energy issues. Not only can they help avoid unnecessary technical barriers to trade which might result from national and regional policies, but they are also essential for creating global markets for efficient energy technologies and for disseminating good energy management practices.
They also provide common metrics for defining and measuring energy performance so that investment decisions and incentives may be targeted to encourage energy efficiency. Moreover, international standards support scientific cooperation and the harmonization of public policies.
During the session, a panel presented how International Standards are already addressing these issues, provided many examples of the need for standardization, and what the next steps and priorities should be. One message stood out above the rest: the energy situation is pressing, the trends alarming, the time to act is now and International Standards are part of the solution. They can contribute to accelerate the short term and long term improvement of energy efficiency in all areas and the take up of renewable energy sources.
Paul Waide, from the International Energy Agency (IEA), highlighted the joint IEA-ISO Position Paper on the issue, which was used as background material for the 2007 G8 Meeting.
The ISO Secretary-General, Alan Bryden and the IEC President, Renzo Tani outlined the work their organizations are doing in order to promote the goal of a sustainable energy future in our interdependent world. The other panelists presented various examples of areas where International Standards were expected to contribute, both to energy efficiency in industry, transportation, building and appliances and for renewable energies. During the discussion, the issues of energy management standards and biofuels, for which ISO has recently created dedicated standardization committees, were also addressed.
Francisco Barnes, who chaired the session on behalf of WEC, concluded that a strategic partnership between the WEC, the IEA, ISO and IEC had been initiated and would be pursued in order to identify priorities for industry and governments and boost the production of globally relevant International Standards.
Composition of the Panel
Francisco Barnés - Commissioner, Energy Regulatory Commission and WEC Vice-Chair for North America, Mexico
Alan Bryden - Secretary-General, ISO
Renzo Tani - President, IEC
Paul Waide - Senior Policy Analyst, International Energy Agency (IEA)
Bruno Manoha - Head Environment and Renewables, Electricité de France (EDF)
François Moisan - Director Energy and Transport, French Agency for Environment and Energy Management (ADEME), and WEC Energy Efficiency Policies, France
Hunter Fanney - Chief, Building Environment Division, Building and Fire Research Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), USA
Cesare Boffa - President of the Italian Committee on Heat Technology and former Vice President, Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and the Environment (ENEA)
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