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Issue 04/2019

Standards help achieve SDGs

An interview with Vimal Mahendru, Convenor of adhoc Group 84

The United Nations defines 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the core of its blueprint for building a better world by 2030. The SDGs serve as a call for action to all countries to promote prosperity while simultaneously protecting the environment. They seek to end poverty and stimulate economic growth while also addressing societal needs, such as health and education, and preserving the environment.

2018
Issue 04/2018

The vital role of standards in our smart world

Message from Frans Vreeswijk, IEC General Secretary & CEO

The fourth industrial revolution is blurring the traditional boundaries between the physical, digital and biological worlds.

Issue 01/2018

Energy access: key to economic and societal development

ARE Forum focuses on integrating remote communities into economies

Electricity access is one of the key drivers for economic development, better healthcare, increased safety, education, as well as efficiency gains in agriculture and manufacturing.

2016
Issue 09/2016

Looking to the future

New IEC White Papers highlight technology trends and industry needs

Two new IEC White Papers have recently been published, covering global energy interconnection and a smart and secure Internet of Things platform. In the IEC Market Strategy Board (MSB), CTOs of major global technology companies meet every year to identify and discuss important technology trends and industry needs for the coming 10 to 15 years. The IEC White Papers summarize the MSB recommendations regarding these technology trends to the IEC community and also to regulators, governments and academia. They are developed by the MSB together with renowned research organizations.

Issue 06/2016

IEC-AFRC fully operational

IEC reinforces global presence with regional centre in Africa

Africa is the world’s second-fastest-growing region, topped only by emerging Asia. Over the coming years the African economy is expected to grow by 7,7% annually – almost double the rate of advanced economies. Even though Africa is starting from a low point, corresponding roughly to where Southeast Asia was 30 years ago, the opportunities are huge. Already now Africa is third in terms of investment, right after the European Union and China. A more reliable infrastructure and consistent energy access could significantly accelerate this trend.

2015
Issue 09/2015

Supporting UN Sustainable Development Goals

IEC now officially at home in Africa

Energy is the life-blood of developed and developing economies. IEC work helps enable broad access to sustainable energy and directly supports UN Sustainable Development Goals. It does so by providing universally accessible technical know-how and expertise in the form of International Standards. With them countries are able to build safer, more affordable infrastructure that is easier to maintain.  To be even closer to Africa, the IEC has now opened a Regional Centre for Africa in Nairobi, Kenya.

Issue 09/2015

Focus on smart, innovative technologies

IEC President Dr Junji Nomura addresses Council

Electricity and electronics are increasingly in everything, even in devices that were purely mechanical before. Not only individual products, but whole companies need to be able to work with each other to come up with technology solutions for increasingly large systems. In his address to Council Nomura sent a strong message: IEC National Committees (NCs) have a key role to play in promoting IEC work. They are the IEC! More than ever, NCs need to represent all national stakeholders and send the right experts to participate in IEC work at the global level.

Issue 09/2015

Energy Efficiency: from theory to reality

Council Open Session – 16 October 2015

Increasing the efficiency on how energy is generated and then used, should not remain idle talk. And while measuring is important to know where to improve, factual changes on the ground will make all the difference.