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Issue 05/2018

Waste not, want not!

Getting the measure of rising e-waste volumes

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 requirements.

Issue 05/2018

Keeping spills and explosions at bay

IECEx-certified equipment is one sure way to mitigate risks in Ex areas

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 maintenance and/or by poor operating procedures or mistakes.

Issue 05/2018

Protecting the planet

IEC TC 111 prepares crucial Standards to help industry meet environmental targets

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 the fight against e-waste, while aiding manufacturers to meet legislative requirements on toxic substances control.

Issue 05/2018

Going green

International Standards are a powerful tool in helping to build a sustainable future

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?

Issue 03/2018

Protecting the environment with drones and robots

New commercial and research roles for unmanned vehicles

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 vehicles are a good example.

2017
Issue 06/2017

Share your work in 2018

We’d like to hear and read your stories

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 add to the mix the rapid pace at which technologies are evolving today and you have hundreds, if not thousands of stories that can be told within the IEC community.

Issue 03/2017

Smarter than the average lamppost

Connected lampposts offer more than cost savings

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!

Issue 01/2017

Smart, compatible chargers

IEC enables smart charging solution for consumer portable devices

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 emergence of all these intelligent devices has had one drawback: proprietary charging systems, meaning millions of chargers and cables that add to the already huge pile of e-waste throughout the world.

2016
Issue 09/2016

Eight technology leaders recognized for outstanding contributions

2016 Thomas A. Edison Awards for exceptional achievement

Each year with the Thomas Edison Award, the IEC pays tribute to members of the IEC Family for their distinguished work and commitment to improving the safety, compatibility and energy efficiency of electrical products and systems. The Thomas Edison Award is in the spirit of Thomas Alva Edison, one of the greatest inventors in history. He developed a system of electric power generation and distribution which was a major development in the modern industrialized world. 

Issue 06/2016

Who says water and electricity don’t mix?

Access to water resources for all uses rests on electricity

Poor water quality and water scarcity continue to pose a major threat to human health and are responsible for millions of deaths every year. Extracting water and treating used and contaminated waters requires complex installations which depend almost entirely on electrical and electronic systems and equipment. Standardization work by many IEC Technical Committees (TCs) and Subcommittees (SCs) is essential to ensure that people across the world have access to appropriate water supply and water treatment. 

2013
Issue 03/2013

Electric cars take off with new standards

With EV prices falling, sales are set to soar with an obvious need for relevant Standards

If 2012 was the year that hybrid vehicle sales moved up a gear, 2013 will be the year that brought drivers more choice. As automotive manufacturers unveil a vast array of plug-in hybrid and all-electric options, IEC standards are driving consumer adoption.

2011
Issue 01/2011

Recent nominations

Officers of IEC Boards and Committees

In addition to its regular Technical Committees, the IEC has a number of Strategic Groups, Sector Boards and Technical Advisory Committees which report to the Standardization Management Board. This month, e-tech announces various changes and nominations.