• Enabling electricity access for all

    2 June 2020 by Catherine Bischofberger
    According to the United Nations (UN), 840 million people in the world still do not have access to electricity, and most of them - around 580 million - live in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • IEC Standards and the SDGs

    28 May 2020 by Natalie Mouyal
    In 2015, the United Nations defined 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as the foundation for its plan to build a better world by 2030. Also known as the 2030 Agenda, it recognizes that economic development, social...
  • Managing resources to support the UN SDGs

    25 May 2020 by Natalie Mouyal
    The circular economy offers a new approach to achieving sustainable economic growth. Replacing a linear model where products are made, used and disposed, the circular economy calls for a reconsideration of how resources...
  • Applying standards to the circular economy

    15 February 2020 by Natalie Mouyal
    The circular economy calls for a radical shift in production and consumption. Continual cycles recover and restore products, components and materials through strategies such as reuse, repair, remanufacture and...
  • A greener future for manufacturing

    15 June 2019 by Catherine Bischofberger
    Industry is becoming increasingly aware that it contributes to global warming by emitting greenhouse gases (GHG). It also produces waste that can be polluting for the environment and difficult to dispose of. IEC...
  • Batteries for a sustainable world

    15 April 2019 by Catherine Bischofberger
    The work of Technical Committee 21 reflects the changes in battery technology over the last 20 years. Standardizing safety requirements is more essential than ever before.
  • How can IEC shape the circular economy?

    15 March 2019 by Natalie Mouyal
    From mounting piles of waste to the depletion of natural resources, the current modes of production and consumption are unsustainable. Based on the current linear economic model, products are made, used and discarded...
  • Fostering sustainable consumption and production

    15 February 2019 by Claire Marchand
    In the last 50 years, the global population has consumed more goods and services than the combined total of all previous generations. This has fostered economic growth and improved the quality of life for many while...
  • Making IT sustainable

    15 February 2019 by Catherine Bischofberger
    ISO and IEC produce many joint standards which specify how to improve the energy efficiency of information and communication technology (ICT). A number of these publications deal specifically with the excessive energy...
  • Protecting the planet

    15 May 2018 by Catherine Bischofberger
    IEC Technical Committee (TC) 111 prepares horizontal International Standards which are key in helping to ensure electrical and electronic products are designed with the environment in mind. They are essential tools in...
  • From a line to a circle: a new shape for the economy

    15 May 2018 by Natalie Mouyal
    A new mobile phone is released and millions of consumers purchase it even though they already own a working phone. A television set breaks down and is replaced by a new one, rather than being repaired. Based on a linear...
  • House of the rising sun

    15 May 2018 by Catherine Bischofberger
    IEC is paving the way for the growth of concentrating solar thermal power (CSP) capacity around the world by issuing a number of new publications in the field, while technical breakthroughs are making the technology more...
  • Going green

    15 May 2018 by Zoë Smart
    More and more governments and industry players recognize the importance of taking measures to safeguard the environment. But do International Standards have a role to play in the process?
  • Harvesting energy from roads

    15 February 2018 by Natalie Mouyal
    Imagine using the millions of kilometres of paved roads around the world to harvest energy. Apart from the initial investment costs required for equipment and installation, this energy source is free to produce and has...
  • Clean air moves boost interest in electric trucks

    15 February 2018 by Peter Feuilherade
    The electrification of commercial vans and trucks is being driven by a combination of technological advances in passenger electric vehicles and moves by governments and cities around the world to reduce greenhouse gas...
  • Reduced scale model testing for hydropower projects

    15 July 2017 by Dr Loïc Andolfatto, Mech. Eng. MSc. ENS de Cachan, France, Head of EPFL LMH Testing Group, Expert for IEC TC4/WG33 and Prof. François Avellan, Eng. Dr Université d’Aix Marseille 2, Director of EPFL LMH, Convenor of IEC TC4 Maintenance Team 32
    Hydropower projects are usually very large, designed to last for decades and then to be refurbished. Owing to the huge costs involved and the need to achieve the best possible results and efficiency, extensive testing of...
  • Flexible hydro operation for lean integration of new renewables

    15 July 2017 by Dr Arthur Favrel, Mech. Eng. MSc. Université Claude Bernard de Lyon, France, EPFL LMH post doctoral assistant and Prof. François Avellan, Eng. Dr Université d’Aix Marseille 2, Director of EPFL LMH, Convenor of IEC TC 4 Maintenance Team 32
    In 2015, global generation of electricity was 24 255 TWh. Hydropower accounted for around 16% of the total, making it the main renewable energy (RE) source for electricity generation. It will also play a key role in the...