Keep your energy consumption under control with energy management

Less energy consumption and more energy efficiency are top priorities for a sustainable world. Energy management helps you to manage your energy consumption.


The international technical committee ISO/TC 301 and the European committees CEN-CLC/JTC 14 and CEN/TC 371 develop international and European standards that provide companies with guidelines, requirements and tools to effectively manage their energy performance. Just think of the ISO 50001 certifiable standard.


Through the three national committees for energy management, NBN/I301, NBN/CCLC014 and NBN/E371, NBN offers an exceptional opportunity to closely follow and contribute to these developments. Every individual, every company and every organisation in Belgium, can become a member of the Belgian committees.


What is energy management?

Energy management allows organisations to actively manage and control their energy use and costs by monitoring, controlling and saving energy.


Why is energy management so important?

Energy management is the key to energy savings in your organisation. Because saving energy is a global requirement:

  • to reduce the damage we are causing to our planet;
  • to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.

An energy management system allows an organisation to manage its energy efficiency.

An energy management system contributes to many Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs of the United Nations. Including SDG 7 ‘Affordable and clean energy’, SDG 11 ‘Sustainable cities and communities’, SDG 12 ‘Responsible consumption and production’ and SDG 13 ‘Climate action’.

Standards and energy management

The international standards committee ISO/TC 301 develops international standards for energy management and energy savings. It is also responsible for the regular revision of these standards. The best known standard is ISO 50001 Energy management systems – Requirements with guidance for use. SMEs take their first steps towards ISO 50001 with ISO 50005 Energy management systems - Guidelines for a phased implementation.


The European standards committee CEN-CLC/JTC 14 'Energy management and energy efficiency in the framework of energy transition' develops standards for energy efficiency services, savings calculation methods, energy audits, guarantees of origin and energy performance contracts. The CEN/TC 371 ‘Energy performance of buildings’ develops European standards for determining the energy performance of buildings (EPB).


The Belgian standards committees NBN/I301, NBN/CCLC014 and NBN/E371 aim to bring together all Belgian stakeholders with expertise in energy management. The committees closely follow ISO's and CEN's work and contribute to it. In this way NBN makes every effort to safeguard the interests of Belgian organisations in international and European standards.


Contributing to standards development works to your advantage

  1. You will be the first to know about future developments and trends that strengthen your organisation's competitiveness at an international, European and national level. Do you want to be ahead in your field and ahead of your competitors? Then become an expert in our national committee.
  1. Early access to such strategic information offers you the opportunity to anticipate future changes.
  1. You exert influence during the standards development process. Your organisation can protect its investments in products, research and development. Whatever you do, you ensure that your interests are safeguarded in international, European and national standards.
  1. You build a network with everyone who is working towards creating a global and regional framework in your field. A standards committee is the ideal place to make new contacts. And to exchange ideas with people who, like you, are shaping the future of your field.
  1. You learn and exchange knowledge. The people who sit on standards committees are experts in their field and have in-depth knowledge. They share this knowledge and learn from each other. What if you are on a committee yourself? Then you gain a great deal of knowledge first hand. And you get a comprehensive overview of all the underlying aspects of a certain field.

Who can become an energy management expert?

Any Belgian organisation and any individual person can join one of the Belgian energy management standards committees. Knowledge of standards or the NBN is not necessary but knowledge of energy-related issues is required. This includes large and small companies, consultants and researchers, consumers, governments and regional or national agencies, environmental organisations, financial institutions, the recycling, waste or repair industry, water, gas or electricity companies, audit and certification companies, real estate brokers, etc.

When do the standards committees meet?


Energy management:

  • The Belgian committee NBN/I301 meets a few times a year.
    Next meeting: 1st December 2022
  • The international committee ISO/TC 301 meets once or twice a year.
    Next meeting: on 24 and 29 June 2022


Energy efficiency in the framework of energy transition:

  • Next meeting of the Belgian NBN/CCLC014 committee: 16 September 2022
  • Next meeting of the European CEN-CLC/JTC 14 committee: 24 November 2022

Energy performance of buildings:

  • Next meeting of the Belgian NBN/E371 committee: 22 November 2022
  • Next meeting of the European CEN/TC 371 committee: 14 February 2023 in Berlin

Will you become an expert?

Are you interested in joining energy management standards committees?

- Please contact Alexandre della Faille (NBN project manager) at
- Or join the next “Standardisation – The Basics” webinar where more information is provided about standardisation (+/- 40 minutes).
- More information on this webpage.