Industry players and stakeholders from the renewable and low-emission energy sectors came together to develop strategic directions for national standards development in March.
“This is a major step forward for market participants and industry stakeholders,” Standards Australia chief executive officer, Colin Blair said.
Standards Australia convened an invitation-only emerging markets energy sector advisory forum to determine the terms of reference for the future operation of the group.
“The forum responds to the need for a strategic approach towards Standards development in emerging energy markets,” Mr Blair said.
Mr Blair said the high-level forum comprised market participants, industry groups, environmental bodies and government.
“The forum is an opportunity to provide strategic policy and will set in place the framework to ensure that future standards are relevant, rigorous and robust,” Mr Blair said.
Mr Blair said discussion covered the full breadth of renewable and low emission energy sources including, but not limited to, clean coal, solar, geothermal, wind, and biofuels.
“This is the first step in a process which will engage industry, conservation (groups) and government to ensure Australian Standards for emerging energy markets are developed through consensus and co-operation,” Mr Blair said.