Energy efficiency and renewable energy

Standards New Zealand is seeking comments from affected stakeholders on a new work item proposal submitted by the Association Française de Normalisation (AFNOR) to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), for a Standard on common international terminology for energy efficiency and renewable energy sources.

AFNOR's proposal seeks to specify the terms and definitions used in the field of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. It will provide support for the metrics, calculation, and assessment methods, methodologies, and best practices needed by policy makers, standardisation technical committees working on energy efficiency and renewable energy sources, and other stakeholders.  If approved, this international Standard will be developed under an ISO/IEC Joint Project Committee.

We are seeking New Zealand's views on this work before 20 March 2009, and have circulated the new work in progress to a set of stakeholders for their views. In particular, we are seeking advice on the following:

  • whether New Zealand thinks the work should go ahead?
  • does New Zealand have any relevant documents to contribute to the development?
  • whether New Zealand wants to participate or observe at these meetings?
For more information, or to submit comments, including support for or opposition to the proposal, please contact Angela Henderson at Standards New Zealand by 20 March 2009: angela.henderson@standards.co.nz.

All comments submitted to Standards New Zealand will be considered to generate a recommended New Zealand position and comments on this proposal. We will circulate the ballot form again for three days in early April, to obtain final confirmation of our national position before submitting to ISO.

Why do we need your view?

International Standards can act as a reference point for international trade and for local Standard development. A decision to actively participate in the development of this International Standard would keep New Zealand informed of the latest developments, assist New Zealand to ensure our own preparations are not out of step, enable New Zealand to decide whether to contribute on matters of importance to us.

It is very important for affected stakeholders to have their voice heard during the ISO Standards development process.  According to ISO rules, Standards New Zealand is required to take into account the views of all relevant national interests.  We encourage you to provide feedback to us if this area is of interest to you.

Standards New Zealand is New Zealand's representative to the ISO and IEC, and is responsible for coordinating New Zealand participation in the development of international Standards.

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