What is the link between IEC standards and renewable energies? It has to do with the environment. We recognize the growing importance of preserving the environment and the role electrotechnical standardization has to play to foster sustainable development. It is our responsibility to contribute actively to the evolving standards framework for the benefit of the environment. For this purpose, the IEC cooperates with ISO and regional standards development organizations. With respect to product-related standards, our technical committees must continuously assess and improve new and existing standards in view of reducing adverse environmental impacts over the whole life-cycle of products.
It also has to do with electrical energy efficiency, which has been part of our work for more than 100 years. Ensuring efficient production, transmission, distribution and use of electrical energy brings positive results. In terms of electricity generated from burning fossil fuels or coal, it diminishes the overall impact on the environment. In terms of consumers, it helps to keep energy costs down. As electricity energy efficiency is a growing concern in societies worldwide, we are investing more time and resources in this question to ensure that our contribution has a positive impact.
The IEC established the Advisory Committee on Environmental Aspects (ACEA) to advise on questions concerning the environment. ACEA’s principal task is one of coordination for our technical committees and subcommittees to help them address environmental issues when preparing their standards. To carry out its mandate, ACEA keeps itself abreast of the issues in its field and remains up-to-date on regulatory developments.