Energy and Utilities 

Developing carbon neutral technologies, Activity Sector IDs are producing a better and more rational use of energy and other natural resources, therefore becoming an essential for sustainable development for our society.

This concept has been emphasized by the Europe 2020 objectives related to climate change and energy. The EU has set the targets of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 20%, improving energy efficiency by 20%, and raising the share of renewable energy to 20% by the year 2020. The EU framework on climate and energy for 2030 that was proposed by the European Commission in January 2014, presents targets that are more ambitious and aims at reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40%, while also increasing the use of renewables to at least 27% by 2030. In addition, Europe is going through a process of opening up utilities markets, including those for electricity and gas.

CEN and CENELEC, through the work of over 65 Technical Committees, collaborate with industry partners, the European Commission and other stakeholders to develop and adopt European Standards that support the successful implementation of European legislation.

Standardization can play a role in meeting these targets, by promoting best practices, helping the market uptake of renewable energies and new technologies, improving energy efficiency, promoting safety and providing tools to optimise installations and systems. In a context characterised by liberalisation and the creation of a European market for gas and other utilities, standardization can also play a role in achieving cost effectiveness, efficiency and quality, as well as interoperability and equal access of suppliers to the infrastructure.