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Issue 02/2020

Understanding halogen use

The role of standards in defining halogenated materials*

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 traditionally been known as Group 7A and is currently referred to as Group 17.

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.

2019
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.

2018
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?

2014
Issue 07/2014

October 2014 nominations

Committees welcome new members

Nominations for Technical Committees and an Advisory Committee were approved by the SMB (Standardization Management Board).

Issue 05/2014

Chairmen and Member nominations

A roundup of the latest nominations approved by the SMB (Standardization Management Board).

TC 121 has welcomed its new Chairman and SG 6 has a new Japanese NC member.