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

News release – 2011 Number 12

UN statement underlines IEC’s role in supporting global EV roll-out


Geneva, Switzerland, 2011-07-12 – Following their recent summit, a joint statement between the Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership and UN-Energy has underlined the need for increasing public-private partnerships to improve overall access to energy and to promote the use of cleaner technologies. The Partnership pointed to the enormous potential of technologies such as electric vehicles (EVs) to reduce greenhouse gases and recognized the role of the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) in these areas.



Demand for electric vehicles (EVs) is expected to rise dramatically throughout the developed and developing world. Mass production and commercialization of EVs seems to have started but much of the charging infrastructure remains to be built. Contrary to traditional cars, electric cars will depend on and need to become part of a huge energy system that involves low-emission electricity generation delivered through progressively smarter grids. When charging, the car will be connected to the grid - this will have a huge impact on utilities and raises new safety concerns that must be addressed. A joint statement between the Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership and UN-Energy has underlined IEC’s role in supporting global EV roll out. Through their partnership with the IEC, the world’s leading utilities recognize the value of using the IEC’s unequalled electrotechnical experience to find solutions for these issues.


Automobile manufacturers, utilities, electric equipment suppliers as well as public and international organizations, will need to cooperate to achieve sustainable commercial success and the full potential of emission reductions. The Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership and the IEC are facilitating discussions among high-level representatives of these stakeholders to coordinate international standardization work around EVs and to discuss mutual needs and requirements. This approach helps achieve globally relevant technical standards – most of which are developed in the IEC - and accelerate their broad adoption, ensuring safety, interoperability and connectivity.


With regard to combating climate change and achieving the UN’s Millennium Development Goals, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined: “Addressing these challenges is beyond the reach of governments alone. It will take the active engagement of all sectors of society: the private sector, local communities, and civil society, international organizations, and the world of academia and research.” The IEC and the Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership confirmed their commitment to work with the automotive industry and international associations to bring about the conditions for the successful roll out of EVs and drive forward the momentum to mitigate the effects of climate change.




About the Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership
The Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership is a non-profit international organization (formerly known as e8) composed of world leading electricity companies. The organization’s mission is to promote sustainable energy development and capacity building activities in the developed and developing world, via concrete electricity sector projects and support for sustainable generation/use of electricity, as well as related policy development.



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News release 2011-12

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