environment

  • IEC approach to energy efficiency

    30 July 2020 by Natalie Mouyal
    The efficient use of energy has long been considered an unexploited energy resource. According to the International Energy Agency (IAE), energy efficiency is the ‘first fuel of a sustainable, global energy system’. But...
  • The power of hydro

    17 July 2020 by Catherine Bischofberger
    Pierre Maruzewski has been nominated Chair of IEC Technical Committee 4: Hydraulic turbines, until end of November 2026. He gives us his outlook for the hydro sector over the coming years as well as his priorities as new...
  • Understanding halogen use

    15 February 2020 by Natalie Mouyal
    Halogens are generally considered to be any of the group of five chemical elements of the periodic table consisting of fluorine (F), chlorine (CI), bromine (Br), iodine (I) and astatine (At). This group of elements had...
  • 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...
  • Trend setter

    15 January 2020 by Catherine Bischofberger
    What lies in the future for IEC Technical Committee 100? Ulrike Haltrich, its new Chair, gives us a preview.
  • A greener future for manufacturing

    15 November 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...
  • Keeping spills and explosions at bay

    15 May 2018 by Claire Marchand
    Every year sees its share of oil spills, gas leaks or industrial explosions that could have dire consequences for human beings as well as for the environment. They can be caused by the wrong or faulty equipment, poor...
  • 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...
  • Waste not, want not!

    15 May 2018 by Adrian Pennington
    As the amount of electronic and electrical equipment waste (e-waste) generated each year continues to increase, the work accomplished by the IEC becomes ever more essential in helping manufacturers meet legal...
  • 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?
  • Protecting the environment with drones and robots

    15 March 2018 by Peter Feuilherade
    History provides many instances of technologies developed for military application being spun off and used in the civilian sector for different, broader uses and at lower prices. Drones and other unmanned powered...
  • Share your work in 2018

    21 June 2017 by Claire Marchand
    Take the 170 countries in the IEC family, the 20 000 technical experts who work in standards development, the many certification bodies (CBs) and test laboratories (TLs) in the IEC Conformity Assessment (CA) Systems, and...
  • Smarter than the average lamppost

    21 April 2017 by Antoinette Price
    Want a weather update, real-time air pollution status, or are you just trying to find that elusive parking space? It’s simple…ask the lamppost!
  • Smart, compatible chargers

    24 January 2017 by Janice Blondeau
    Over the last decade, technology advances have led to the rapidly growing use of consumer electronics, connecting millions of people as never before and changing the way we operate in everyday life. Until now, the...