Standards can be used across the sector to ensure better safety and environmental outcomes for New Zealand.
Increasing energy efficiency and the use of clean renewables is key to meeting the world’s energy needs and carbon reduction targets. New Zealand and international standards have always played a vital role in the energy sector, from encouraging the reduction of energy consumption and supporting interoperability of efficient systems technologies and products to providing tools, and platforms for good practice and health and safety within the sector.
As the energy sector continues to evolve Standards New Zealand is here to help you to develop solutions for better outcomes for New Zealand.
Who benefits from standards?
Industry – Standards can help organisations, large or small, save energy and costs while ensuring compliance with safe practices and environmental sustainability. Manufacturers whose products and practices are certified to standards gain a competitive advantage.
Regulators – Regulators often rely on standards for globally aligned solutions that are continually being reviewed and improved. Standards prescribe a solid baseline and benchmark for national and international energy targets and to support government initiatives and regulation.
Consumers – Standards help make government initiatives and regulation more effective and help improve the safety and efficiency of electrical appliances and energy sources. They also help consumers reduce their energy consumption and costs, while contributing to global energy efficiency goals.
Are you an industry expert?
Standards New Zealand is the gateway to participate in national and international ISO, IEC and joint Australian standards development committees. Visit Standards New Zealand website to see vacancies or complete an expression of interest.
‘Standards are the absolute bedrock of regulation. There’s never been a greater need for them as they are a cornerstone of global climate mitigation and adaption, and a must-have if the world is to successfully tackle climate change.’ - Brian Fitzgerald, Technical Lead, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA)
Just some of the ways standards help:
- ISO 9553:1997 Solar energy — Methods of testing preformed rubber seals and sealing compounds used in collectors
- NZS 2402P:1987 Code of practice for geothermal heating equipment in Rotorua
- NZS 4243.2:2007 Energy efficiency – Large buildings – Part 2: Lighting
- SNZ PAS 6010:2021 Electric vehicle (EV) chargers for commercial applications
- NZS 6808:2010 Acoustics – Wind farm noise
- AS/NZS 4509.2:2010 Stand-alone power systems – Part 2: System design
- AS/NZS 3598.1:2014 Energy audits – Part 1: Commercial buildings
- NZS 7901:2014 Electricity and gas industries – Safety management systems for public safety
- AS/NZS 4552.2:2010 Gas fired water heaters for hot water supply and/or central heating – Minimum energy performance standards for gas water heaters
- AS/NZS 61724.1:2020 Photovoltaic system performance – Part 1: Monitoring
- SNZ PAS 5311:2021 Biomass boilers for small and medium heat loads
Discover more about our work in the sector:
- Reviewing standards for the future integration of hydrogen
- Smart home PAS aims to reduce peak energy use and bills
- Brian Fitzgerald – Tackling climate change with minimum energy performance standards
EECA’s suite of PAS help you make smart choices
The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) have committed to a further programme of work through a strategic partnership agreement with Standards New Zealand. The coming 12 months will see investment in a range of New Zealand and trans-Tasman standards development and revisions and international standards adoptions. Drawing on global expertise EECA has committed to participation and observer status on international committees for solar energy, climate measurement and data, light and lighting and thermal performance amongst others.
The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) has sponsored a series of publicly available specifications (PAS) for free download. Whether you’re looking to integrate EV charging in your home or workplace, looking to update your old oil boiler or heat pump, or wanting smart technology to ease your energy bill – the PAS can help guide the way. Check ‘Get standards’ and ‘Sponsored standards’ on our website.
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Represent the sector
You could have a role to play in shaping the future of standards you and your peers use. If you have skills, experience or a unique perspective in your industry you could contribute on a standards development committee – whether for New Zealand, joint Australian/New Zealand or international ISO or IEC standards. Complete an expression of interest here:
Want to commission a standard, get involved in a committee or learn more about the value of standards to the sector? Download our summary brochure for discussion with your business leaders.