Accreditation: enhancing the performance of energy efficiencies and improving economic performance, whilst reducing consumption of resource and emissions.
The provision of energy involves complex supply chains and processes, often involving cross-border trade and the transportation and distribution of volatile substances. The commercial development of alternative renewable sources of energy will need to be environmentally-friendly, and demonstrate value in terms of cost, reliability, durability and performance.
Samples, products, services, management systems or personnel can be evaluated against specified requirements by testing and calibration laboratories, certification bodies, verification and inspection bodies (collectively known as conformity assessment bodies). Conformity assessment is used to check that products are fit and safe for consumption against a standard, a code of practice or regulatory requirements that bring confidence to the marketplace.
Accredited conformity assessment services therefore provide a means for preventing unsafe, unhealthy or environmentally harmful products from entering the market place. Regulators can set overall policy requirements or detailed technical requirements and rely on laboratories, inspection bodies or certification bodies to check for compliance.
UKAS accredits laboratories to ISO/IEC 17025; General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories that carry out services in the energy sector. UKAS accreditation uses criteria and procedures specifically to determine technical competence. Laboratory accreditation assesses factors relevant to a laboratory’s ability to produce precise, accurate tests and data including the technical competence of staff, the validity and appropriateness of test methods, the suitability and maintenance of test equipment, the testing environment, sampling, handling and transportation of test items, and the quality assurance of test data.
Accredited laboratories carry out a wide range of testing on gas, fuels and oils in order to ensure that they meet their intended purpose. This ranges from testing the sulphur content or that the correct additives are present in the right concentrations, to the presence of bacterial contaminants or fuel degradation levels.
Laboratory testing is also fundamental to the proving of new technologies such as tidal and wind energy. Products such as wind turbines and PPV Solar panels are tested in an accredited laboratory to measure performance, durability, safety, and environmentally-friendly considerations.
Safety inspections are carried out against ISO/IEC 17020 on a range of energy-related installations, including petro chemical, solar energy, marine and wind farms, energy efficient lighting, smart infrastructure, nuclear installations and coal-fired power stations.
UKAS accredits certification bodies to ISO/IEC 17021 to enable certifying bodies to certify energy management systems certification to ISO 50001. This certification can help businesses improve energy-related performance and identify energy reduction opportunities.
UKAS also provides accreditation of certification bodies to certify assessors and installers to operate under the Green Deal.
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