Developing carbon neutral technologies and making better and more rational use of energy and other natural resources have become essential for sustainable development of our society. This 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 2020. The EU framework on climate and energy for 2030 proposed by the European Commission in January 2014 presents targets that are more ambitious and aims at reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40% and increase the use of renewables to at least 27% by 2030. In addition, Europe is going through a process of opening up of utilities markets including those for electricity and gas.

CEN and CENELEC are working with the European Commission and other stakeholders to develop and adopt European Standards to support the implementation of European legislation, the successful integration of the European energy market and the implementation of the EU’s climate and energy targets. 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, 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.