ANSI to Host Exploratory Meeting for Energy Efficiency Standards Panel to Support Clean Energy Economy

All Stakeholders Invited to Participate in April 25 Meeting in Washington, D.C., Metro Area

NEW YORK, March 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On April 25, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), coordinator of the private-sector-led U.S. voluntary standardization system, will host an exploratory meeting to examine the need for an Energy Efficiency Standards Panel (EESP) to develop a standardization roadmap for energy efficiency initiatives in the United States.

Energy efficiency forms a core component of the nation's sustainable energy policy to promote energy security, a cleaner environment, and spur job creation and innovation. Consumers, the government, and industry alike are sounding the call for energy efficient technologies and programs to support America's clean energy future – an economic and social imperative for the nation.

Over the next ten years, energy efficiency efforts are expected to grow dramatically, with a significant number of diverse initiatives already underway in the public and private sectors. The April 25 meeting will help define the scope and areas of focus for a potential standards panel in this area vis-a-vis the standards, codes, and conformance programs needed to advance the nation's energy efficiency agenda. If formed, the goal of the ANSI Energy Efficiency Standards Panel would be to develop a standardization roadmap that would define a coordinated U.S. approach to energy efficiency standardization activities and help foster innovation and advance the market for energy efficiency technologies.

ANSI standards panels have successfully championed standards-based solutions for key issues and technology areas, from electric vehicles and homeland security to healthcare information technology, nanotechnology, and identity theft protection.

"Energy efficiency is a cross-cutting issue that applies to all industry sectors, and I encourage all stakeholders to participate in the April 25 exploratory meeting," said S. Joe Bhatia, ANSI president and CEO. "The Institute has a long and successful track record in bringing diverse stakeholders together in a neutral forum to develop consensus-based solutions for national and global priorities. ANSI stands ready to provide standards coordination in this critical area as well."

To be held in the Washington, D.C., metro area, registration is free and is open to all interested stakeholders, including industry, government, academia, professional societies, trade associations, standards developing organizations, and consumer representatives. Additional event details and a draft agenda are forthcoming. Questions about this activity can be directed to Fran Schrotter, ANSI senior vice president and COO (fschrott@ansi.org; 212.642.4934).  Register now for the April 25 meeting.

About ANSI
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a private non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance U.S. global competitiveness and the American quality of life by promoting, facilitating, and safeguarding the integrity of the voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system. Its membership is comprised of businesses, professional societies and trade associations, standards developers, government agencies, and consumer and labor organizations. The Institute represents the diverse interests of more than 125,000 companies and organizations and 3.5 million professionals worldwide.

The Institute is the official U.S. representative to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and, via the U.S. National Committee, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), and is a U.S. representative to the International Accreditation Forum (IAF).

SOURCE American National Standards Institute



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