June 9, 2014 marks World Accreditation Day to raise awareness of the importance of accreditation-related activities. This year’s theme is Delivering confidence in the provision of energy. It focuses on the role that accreditation plays in delivering confidence in the provision of energy.

The importance of a safe and clean flow of energy can’t be underestimated. Energy is a necessity for our daily tasks and activities. Society is heavily dependent on energy. We all want to keep warm during winter and eat ice-cream in the summer. We want to travel and we can’t live a modern life without laptops, tablets and smart phones (our dear electronic devices are useless when the battery is out of power).

 

Energy provision encompasses attempts to meet the needs of the world’s current population without negatively impacting future generations. The demand for energy increases each year, yet we are faced with finite fuel resources. There is pressure on industry to cut emissions and to introduce energy efficiency measures. The government and private sector face the challenge of determining how to provide more energy for more people, while at the same time cutting greenhouse gases (GHG) and pollution.


The provision of energy involves complex supply chains and processes, often involving cross-border trade and the distribution of volatile substances. Raw materials, samples, products, services, management systems or personnel can be evaluated against specified requirements by testing and calibration laboratories, certification bodies, and inspection 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.

Head of Latvian National Accreditation Bureau, Olga Veilande admits, “The European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), is the cornerstone of the EU’s drive to reduce emissions of man-made greenhouse gases. Business operators must monitor and report their EU ETS emissions for each year and the emission report must be checked by a verifier, which is accredited by a National Accreditation Body that has been assessed and approved by EA. This system is defined in the EU Regulations 600/2012 and 601/2012.”

About accreditation
The Latvian National accreditation body is the Latvian National Accreditation Bureau (LATAK). LATAK is a signatory of the Multilateral Agreement of the European Cooperation for Accreditation (EA MLA).
Accreditation is attestation conducted by the national accreditation body on competency of a conformity assessment body and its ability to perform specific conformity assessment activities.

About World Accreditation Day
World Accreditation Day as a global initiative jointly established by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC). The aim is to raise awareness of the value that accreditation plays.

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Date of publishing: 03.06.2014

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