This year’s World Accreditation Day, a global initiative jointly established by the International Accreditation Forum and International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) was held on 9th June with the theme being to focus on the role that accreditation plays in providing confidence in the provision of energy.
Among the topics of discussion were; how safe and clean is the provision of energy, the current emission levels, quality and quantity of fuel used in cars, the money-value of the renewable energy products among others.
Energy is an oft-overlooked necessity for daily tasks and activities. Society has grown heavily dependent on the convenience and luxury that is obtained through the harnessing of energy. Additionally, the number of households and businesses using energy will continue to increase as the world becomes more industrialized.
As the demand for energy grows, methods for harnessing, storing and sharing energy need to be enhanced. There is immense pressure put upon all responsible parties to implement these methods instantaneously. However, it is in the best interest of the majority to verify that these methodologies are safe. Regulators are tasked with the efficient provision of energy as well as ensuring the safety of their end users. This is accomplished in part by requiring accreditation of laboratories, inspection bodies and certification bodies.
Specifically, laboratories are used to identify performance of devices used in the harnessing and periodically in the dispersal and monitoring of both traditional and renewable energies. Laboratory testing is also fundamental to the proving of new technologies such as tidal and wind (or solar) energy. Safety inspections are carried out on a range of energy-related installations, from coal-fired power stations to nuclear installations to wind farms. Energy suppliers are certified to demonstrate that their processes and procedures are appropriate, and to declare their environmental credentials. In turn, certification to ISO 50001 can help businesses improve energy-related performance and identify energy reduction opportunities.
Accreditation of organizations that are involved in testing, inspecting and certifying methodologies and activities in respect to energy provision ensures a consistent and reliable approach, which in turn results in an industry that is conducive to the needs of the consumer and the environment. It also provides an assurance to consumers and business.