International Standards and Conformity Assessment for all electrical, electronic and related technologies

News release – 2010 Number 13

International standardization body in high profile call for interconnected Smart Grids at G20 summit in Korea

How IEC can help governments and industry to find ways to build more efficient Smart Grids


Korea, Asia, 2010-11-15 Building on the launch of its White Paper, "Coping with the Energy Challenge", at the World Energy Congress in Montreal in September, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) this week presented its call for interconnected Smart Grids to the G20 Ministerial summit in Korea.


IEC Smart Grid Mapping Solution

Presenting to experts from industry and Governments, the IEC detailed how its work is enabling the interoperability and safety of Smart Grid projects around the globe. Smart Grids are a key factor in addressing both the energy challenge of the coming years and to achieve the ambitious carbon emission reduction charges of 20% by 2020.


Chairman of the IEC Smart Grid Strategic Group Richard Schomberg commented: "The IEC is 'adding the HOW', be it with Smart Grids or more generally in smart electrification. Both are essential to increasing the efficiency of energy production and consumption, an important global issue, which is reflected by our attendance here at the G20 summit in Korea. At this summit, we have been able to demonstrate to senior Government and industry figures how the IEC can help them to find ways to build more efficient Smart Grids and making the findings of our White Paper a reality."


"The IEC sees its role as a technology enabler, leveraging its access to close to 10 000 experts and 162 participating countries. Together with our partners we can ensure that Smart Grids and every technology-based energy efficiency initiative have a solid technical foundation to achieve a smarter use of energy."


The IEC is deeply involved in all major Smart Grid initiatives around the globe. IEC Smart Grid Standards are used in significant numbers in Asia (Japan, South Korea, State Grid of China the largest utility in the world serving 700 million customers). IEC Standards are also used extensively in Europe (including Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK), North America (US, Canada), Latin America (Brazil) and Australia.


The White Paper focuses on the potential for "smart electrification" to help meet the challenge of a growing global population, diminishing natural energy supplies and the need to reduce carbon emission levels. Proposing that electric energy is the most versatile and controllable form of energy, the easiest and most efficient to distribute, with little wastage and the potential to be produced cleanly. The White Paper explores what must be done to achieve the highest levels of energy efficiency. Through its assessment of the entire energy chain – from generation to distribution, consumption and storage – the IEC uses a projection model to identify future standardization needs over the next 20 years.

About Smart Grids in Korea

On invitation by the Korean Ministry of Knowledge Economy, the IEC also participated in the inauguration of Korea's Smart Grid test bed on Jeju Island. This comprehensive Smart Grid project was completed in a record time of 7 months, implementing core IEC Standards and integrating innovations from 130 companies. The Korean government has launched a USD 65 million pilot program on Jeju Island, consisting of a fully integrated Smart Grid System for 6 000 households; wind farms and four distribution lines.This demonstrates the extent of Korea's commitment towards an environmentally viable future. Korea plans to slash overall energy consumption by 3% and cut down total electric energy consumption by 10% before 2030.

About the International Electrotechnical Commission

The IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) is the world's leading organization that prepares and publishes International Standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies – collectively known as "electrotechnology". IEC International Standards cover a vast range of technologies from power generation, transmission and distribution to home appliances and office equipment, semiconductors, fibre optics, batteries, nanotechnologies, solar energy and marine energy converters, to mention just a few. Wherever you find electricity and electronics, you will find the IEC supporting safety and performance, the environment, electrical energy efficiency and renewable energies. The IEC also manages Conformity Assessment Systems that certify that equipment, systems or components conform to its International Standards.