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Energy efficiency and transition

Like France, many countries have made commitments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to combat global warming.

The policies implemented for energy efficiency and transition fall into this category. They draw on reliable, high-performance tools such as accreditation for obtaining the set reduction targets.

  • Certification of management systems

    NF EN ISO/IEC 17021-1

    Certification of management systems by a third party is a means of getting their conformity with international norms and standards recognised, and in this way certifying that the organisation in place meets precise requirements.

    Use of an accredited conformity assessment body guarantees the latter's competence and impartiality. It is a token of confidence in the quality of the service delivered.

    Certain accredited certifications contribute to improving energy management within organisations, to encourage companies to carry out an energy audit of the buildings, and list and prioritise the work needed to reduce energy consumption.

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  • Certification of persons

    NF EN ISO/IEC 17024

    If they are not correctly carried out, certain services can discourage investment in low-energy-consumption assets or work aimed at reducing energy consumption, or even have disastrous consequences for the environment. Accordingly, it is sensible to call upon workers who are specially trained in executing these services.

    With a view to attaining the set objectives, the public authorities can draw on the accredited certification of these workers. This gives them the assurance that the competence of these persons is monitored and periodically reassessed by bodies whose competence and impartiality are recognised.

    The accredited certification of these workers ultimately establishes confidence in the work they carry out.

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  • Certification of products and services

    NF EN ISO/IEC 17065

    In the context of the policies that they pursue for combating climate change, the public authorities make use of accredited certifications for attaining the set targets and fulfilling their commitments.

    By drawing on accreditation, they reinforce the robustness of the mechanisms that they put in place, since the impartiality and competence of the accredited bodies are demonstrated.

    Certain manufacturers also choose to make use of accredited certifications for their products in order to promote energy performance among their customers and in this way gain new market share.

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  • Tests

    NF EN ISO/IEC 17025

    The facilities, equipment or materials used for improving the energy performance of buildings are subject to many tests to ensure that they comply with the standards or specifications in force.

    Accreditation guarantees the reliability of the test results produced by laboratories. Certain certifications are also based on accredited tests.

    The nonconformity of a product can lead to the expected energy performance being downgraded and have a direct impact on the results of insulation work, for example. Use of accredited tests makes it possible to reduce risk and, in this way, helps achieve greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.

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  • Inspection

    NF EN ISO/IEC 17020

    Certain technologies and installations are inspected to ensure that they comply with the energy performance claims.

    The public authorities can impose certain inspections to be carried out by accredited inspection bodies, thereby supporting policies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

    This is, for example, the case with innovative eco-technologies that the European ETV programme aims to promote. The fact that the inspections are carried out by competent and impartial bodies underpins trust in the claims announced by the developer of the technology.

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  • Qualification of companies

    NF X 50-091

    The public authorities draw on accreditation for implementing their environmental and energy transition policies.

    Intellectual services serving the energy performance of buildings and renewable energy installations; energy efficiency work on renovations; equipment installations using renewable energies: the public authorities impose accredited qualification for service providers wishing to access the public and private markets that require RGE (environmental sustainability) certification. This qualification marks out professionals who are competent in improving energy efficiency.

    Use of accreditation enables the State to guarantee the oversight of a mechanism that mobilises a great deal of public investment in the renovation of buildings, and for which it is accountable.

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  • Verification of greenhouse gas emission declarations

    NF EN ISO 14065

    The European Union (EU) is the world's third-largest emitter of CO2, a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming. To measure, inspect and reduce the emissions from its industry and its electricity producers, the EU put in place in 2005 a carbon market and has extended this progressively to all greenhouse gases (GHG).

    Considering what is at stake, the EU draws on accreditation to ensure that the inspections of greenhouse gas emission declarations are conducted by bodies that are competent and impartial, and hence trustworthy.

    Accreditation is therefore contributing to attaining the goal of 20% fewer emissions in 2020 compared to 1990.

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