Why do we need standards?
Standards are good for the climate
Standards contain clear ways of measuring the performance and efficiency of products or systems and set minimum levels that help classify products according to their efficiency. They provide benchmarks against which companies can prove the consumption of their devices. This gives them an incentive to build better products to gain a competitive advantage. In turn this brings more efficient products to the market, which make better use of existing energy and help reduce emissions that are believed to contribute to the warming of our climate.
Energy efficient motors that are currently produced based on IEC International Standards will help save, in Europe alone, EUR 440 million and 3.4 million tons of CO2 each year.
The IEC has also provided the measurement and testing methodology to identify the standby power consumption of a broad variety of household appliances. With the help of this IEC Standard, manufacturers have reduced the standby power consumption of many of their products to under 1 Watt/hour. This has helped to significantly reduce the waste of energy. In general, law makers in many countries refer to IEC Standards in their legislation. It helps them set mandatory limitations in energy consumption. Many national or regional energy efficiency systems count on manufacturers to build their products according to IEC International Standards.