Ian Byrne

Ian Byrne

Deputy Chief Executive, National Energy Foundation


Ian Byrne is Deputy Chief Executive of the National Energy Foundation with extensive knowledge of energy systems in buildings.  As a chartered accountant and chartered environmentalist, he seeks to bring an analytical approach to the assessment of sustainable energy and rigour to calculating energy and carbon savings.

Ian is convenor of the International Standards Organization working group writing ISO17747 on determining energy savings in organizations, sits on the ISO Energy Performance Indicators working group and chairs the UK shadow committee at BSI following TC-257 on Energy Savings Calculations.  He manages the Secretariat for the Green Energy Supply Certification Scheme and set technical standards for the Energy Efficiency Accreditation Scheme (the forerunner of the Carbon Trust Standard, for which he still sits on their advisory board).  In the mid-1990s, he managed the setting up the Energy Saving Trust’s network of Energy Efficiency Advice Centres, which underlined the importance of explaining energy efficiency and carbon accounting in terms that almost anyone can understand, avoiding technical jargon.   He is Treasurer of the Society for the Environment (SocEnv) that awards the professional Chartered Environmentalist status to professionals working in the sector.  Ian is a former member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants’ Sustainability Committee.

He lives in Milton Keynes in a home that 20 years ago was judged energy efficient enough to be featured on national TV; today he hopes that it is just average.


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