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Issue 02/2020

Living in a direct current world

New edition of key standard for industrial switches

Many IEC Standards are paving the way for a direct current (DC) world. The most recent edition of IEC 60947-1 is a foundational standard for industrial switches and controlgear, which includes much improved testing specifications for DC.

Issue 02/2020

Applying standards to the circular economy

Material efficiency during the product use and waste phases

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, ultimately, recycling. It is a systemic approach to managing resources.

Issue 01/2020

Giving a new shape to the economy

Industry perspective on the circular economy

The circular economy calls for a paradigm shift in production and consumption across society. Continual cycles recover and restore products, components and materials through strategies such as reuse, repair, remanufacture and, ultimately, recycling. It is a systemic approach to managing resources, which impacts all participants in the product value chain: manufacturers and their business models, suppliers, consumers and their behaviour and the waste management industry.

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Issue 03/2019

How can IEC shape the circular economy?

IEC ACEA and TC 111 take a close look at material efficiency and the circular economy

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. Challenging this linear model, a new economic model, known as the circular economy (CE), is gaining traction.

Issue 03/2019

Survey results on the circular economy and material efficiency

An interview with Solange Blaszkowski, Chair of IEC ACEA

As the topics of the circular economy (CE) and material efficiency (ME) receive greater importance around the world, the Advisory Committee on environmental aspects (ACEA) recently conducted a survey to identify how it could provide guidance to the IEC community on these topics.