General Meeting Highlights
The IEC General Meeting was held in Tel Aviv, Israel on 18-22 October, hosted by the Israeli National Committee, SII (Standards Institution of Israel).
In his Council address, IEC President Jacques Régis emphasized the continued relevance of IEC International Standards and the confidence they bring to industry, consumers and governments during this economic crisis and beyond. Régis pointed to the increasing importance of standardization and conformity assessment in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the areas of energy efficiency, renewables, electric vehicles and electricity generation and transmission. He also underlined the crucial role of the MSB (Market Strategy Board) in delivering strategic insights on market developments.
Klaus Wucherer of Germany was elected by Council to be the next IEC President. Wucherer will begin his three-year term as IEC President on 1 January 2011, after one year as President-Elect.
IEC Activity Report
In his annual performance presentation to the IEC Council, IEC General Secretary & CEO Aharon Amit reported on the IEC’s activities for the period covering the fourth quarter of 2008 to the third quarter of 2009. Amit gave a full overview of the many and diverse standardization and conformity assessment activities undertaken. Amongst other things his report covered the start of the development process of the IEC 2011 Masterplan, reconfirmed the offer for the dues deferral option that was originally put in place for 2009 only, and presented the latest upgrades to IEC tools and services. He talked about new IT (Information Technology) tools that have the potential to increase the efficiency of and lower the cost of participation in IEC work, as well as ongoing efforts by the IEC, ISO and ITU to promote the strategic importance of international standards.
The IEC Lord Kelvin Award were presented to Thomas A. Hanson, Uwe Klausmeyer and Koichi Mori by IEC President Jacques Régis at a dinner for officers of IEC NCs (National Committees), TCs (Technical Committees) and SCs (Subcommittees). This honour distinguishes experts who have made outstanding contributions to electrotechnical standardization.
Organized by SII in association with the IEC, a workshop on e-mobility brought together managers and R&D engineers from electric vehicle and infrastructure developers, key strategists from major Smart Grid programmes and experts from IEC TCs (Technical Committees).The workshop was opened by Renzo Tani, Immediate Past President of the IEC.
The IEC also ran a workshop for industrializing countries on the theme of “Safe use of electrical energy in mining and in the chemical, oil and gas industries”. The event drew a crowd of participants from IEC Affiliates and IEC Member countries. It was co-chaired by IEC Affiliate Leader Carlos Rodríguez and IEC Affiliate Coordinator for Africa Evah Oduor. The workshop was opened by IECEx Chairman Kerry McManama. After a presentation of the IECEx Conformity Assessment System by IECEx Executive Secretary Chris Agius, Patrick Leroux, a consultant with TOTAL, the French energy company, spoke of the challenges and solutions for electrical safety in oil and gas industries. This was followed by the presentation about the new IECEx Scheme for Certification of Personnel Competencies by Ralph Wigg, Convenor of IECEx WG (Working Group) 12.